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Heritage Crafts 

Heritage Crafts is the UK charity 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. It is a UNESCO-accredited NGO for Intangible Cultural Heritage and advocated for UK ratification of the 2003 UNESCO Convention of the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was announced by the UK Government in December 2023.
Heritage Crafts began work on its Red List of Endangered Crafts in 2015 and published the first edition in 2017. The fourth edition of the Red List, funded by the Pilgrim Trust, assessed 259 crafts to identify those which are at greatest risk of disappearing, of which four have been classified as extinct, 62 as critically endangered, 84 as endangered and 112 as currently viable. 

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