Friday, 11 February 2011

1000 years of traditional crafts at Lincoln

A Thousand Years of Traditional Crafts at Lincoln Castle and Cathedral
Saturday, 21 May, 2011

This is a nice opportunity to show off your traditional craft at Lincoln. No demonstration fees are available and stands are limited and filling quickly so book soon if you want to go. The event ties in with the major international conference of the Preservation Trades Network. HCA will have a stand in the Nave of the Cathedral.  This is the info sent from Lincoln Cathedral....

Together, the Castle and Cathedral have been working on a new event that we intend should be both big and exciting and that aims to raise the profile of heritage skills in Lincolnshire and beyond.

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) and the Cathedral have increasingly been working together on the heritage skills agenda; so far we’ve obtained Lottery funding to run a bursary scheme over the next five years in joinery, masonry and lead work, and European funding to build a Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle due to be completed mid 2012.

The work done to date shows that the public are enormously interested and supportive of our plans and this has encouraged us to put on an event that gives people the opportunity to see heritage skills in action. Demonstrations will be absolutely key to the event, whether it be mud and stud, stonemasonry, thatching, blacksmithing or the myriad other skills to be found in the East Midlands. This event is all about ‘showing off’ and making people realise how important these skills are. As someone who is involved in heritage skills we hope you will be interested in demonstrating at this event.

Key points of the day are as follows:
Joint ticket to cover both Castle and Cathedral – first time ever!
Cathedral Workshop will be open to view
Demonstrators in the Cathedral nave (clean only), Castle grounds in marquees and in the Castle Prison where there are 40 cell units which are clean, dry and have lighting (power sockets more problematic)
Have-a-Go activities for Children
Tastes of Lincolnshire food stalls will be placed through the Castle grounds and Castle Square – adding to the attraction of the event

We are used to running large events like this, for example our Sausage Festival at the Castle attracts some 9,500 visitors, and we have planned an extensive promotional campaign to ensure the success of the day for both us and the skills people.

If you would like to attend or just like to know more about the event, contact Penney Francis

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