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    There will be an adjournment debate discussing support for crafts this Thursday at 6pm (latest) though it could start earlier. You can apparently watch it live on the parliament channel - if you have Sky or Freesat!

    The Heritage Crafts Association has been campaigning for greater support for crafts and Tom Levitt who has initiated the debate has been supportive.

    If you would like to see more government support for crafts then sign up as a supporter here www.heritagecrafts.org.uk or joint the facegroup page here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Herita...1534812?ref=mf

    One of the reasons for lack of support has been the lack of any organisation to act as a voice for all the crafts and that is changing as more and more people sign up, and it's free.
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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    That's good to know - wonder what they'll discuss and what the outcome will be.

    (What's an "adjournment debate" please?)
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      Signed up. This is important. Crafts are not just a hobby but our future in many respects. Technology is great but it is only a part of our way forward and learning the skills of our forefathers and being able to sustain the environmental standards for the future means learning, maintaining and propogating the crafts.

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      pete
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        Originally posted by ElaineJ View Post
        That's good to know - wonder what they'll discuss and what the outcome will be.

        (What's an "adjournment debate" please?)
        Hi Elaine,

        I had no idea what one was a couple of weeks ago. It means that the MP gets to raise an issue and speak for 15 minutes then the minister responsible, in this case culture minister Barbara Follett gets to respond. One of the benefits is that it means that the advisers in Whitehall (think Sir Humphrey) have to look in to the issue properly to brief the minister so it becomes a "live issue".

        The more people ask what is being done for crafts the more "live" it becomes, the more MPs that raise it with the minister and the more times she has to answer questions on the subject the more likely it is that they will send some money our way. What we are campaigning for specifically in the short term is help for skilled craftspeople that want to pass skills on to the next generation. We are arguing that this is as important part of our culture as buildings and museum collections, whether it be the last master cooper wanting to take on an apprentice or my mother in law teaching my daughter to knit.
        http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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          Ok signed up, will be interested to see how far this goes
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            What we are campaigning for specifically in the short term is help for skilled craftspeople that want to pass skills on to the next generation. We are arguing that this is as important part of our culture as buildings and museum collections, whether it be the last master cooper wanting to take on an apprentice or my mother in law teaching my daughter to knit.
            Child's second degree is in Heritage Information and Education (or Education and Information - I can never remember which way round) which she took at Newcastle University.

            Is the organisation in touch with the universities which offer this type of degree?
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