Airbnb and the Heritage Crafts Association collaborate on new Experiences to save unique crafts from extinction.
Two fifths of traditional heritage crafts are in danger of dying out
31% of the nation don’t remember the last time they had a hobby
World renowned photographer Rankin has supported the campaign by capturing some of the UK’s last remaining craftspeople.
There is a growing demand as Airbnb sees 180% increase in Arts & Crafts Experience bookings in 2018*
The UK has a long standing history of craftsmanship, however research conducted by the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) claims 37% of traditional crafts are in danger of dying out.
There are currently 17 crafts including clog making, paper marbling and piano making classified as ‘critically endangered’ which are at serious risk, with a further 45 on the ‘endangered’ list.
To help save these crafts, Airbnb and the HCA have joined forces to provide Experiences hosted by the endangered craftspeople on their site, that are bookable for the public.
The crafts have ended up on the endangered lists due to various factors, such as limited training opportunities and a lack of mechanism to pass on the skills and knowledge, however research conducted by Airbnb into the nation’s hobbies also provides some insight into the problem.
Hobbies seem to have become less of a priority to the population, with 26% of Brits stating they don’t have one, and 31% unable to remember their last hobby.
The Experience workshops will be led by craftspeople from the critically endangered list, and guests will be able to learn about the dying crafts and the basic skills that are required. The following workshops will be hosted across the UK:
Coach Building and Wagon Making
Hand Tassel Making
The Heritage Crafts Association who’s President is his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was founded almost ten years ago by a small group of makers and those interested in craft.
The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.
Their aims is to support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage.
The Airbnb and Heritage Crafts Association workshops are available to book via this link.
For a full list of experiences click on this link.
If you are a crafts person who would like to host an experience click on this link.