188: Rural crafts

This briefing has been taken from a report 'Crafts in the English Countryside: Towards a Future' by Professor E. J. T. Collins and colleagues. It reflects on some of the needs of rural craft businesses for support, representation and training and offers proposals to help safeguard the special qualities and contribution to rural economies of those engaged in the crafts

Year of Publication2004

The crafts sector is in a better state of health than for many years. However, there are some problems key among which is the potential loss of some crafts altogether within a generation. Other problems are competition from overseas, finding young recruits and persuading crafts people to take them on and the lack of appropriate training. There are also shortages of raw materials in some crafts industries

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