We pointed out how everywhere we look traditional skills fall in between culture departments for art and heritage. This was clear on DCMS own website where the culture minister's responsibilities include various areas two of which are art and heritage. Mick felt that these skills sat more comfortably in heritage than art which is HCAs feeling too. When we click to find more about heritage on DCMS site though we find this.
We are responsible for the identification, recording, protection, conservation, enhancement and interpretation of heritage assets, and for their promotion as part of contemporary culture.Heritage assets are buildings, monuments, sites or landscapes that have significance because of their historic, archaeological, architectural or artistic interest, whether designated or not. They are components of the historic environment."
We need this narrow view of heritage expanded to include traditional skills. We don't expect any change overnight but the more people talk about these issues the better and once we get recognition at the top then we can start to put an infrastructure in place to survey and protect this important part of our national cultural heritage.
DCMS are just off Trafalgar Square, we then popped down to Westminster to meet Sir Patrick Cormack chair of the all party arts and heritage group.
William Morris Craft Fellowships which offer superb mid career training in heritage building skills. Again he was very supportive of what HCA are trying to do, recognised that there are a range of traditional craft skills which have received no recognition, or support and offered his support, although not until after the election since all MPs are busy at the moment and Sir Patrick particularly so since he is standing down as an MP after 40 years. This will give him more time to concentrate on his arts and heritage work though.