We are excited to at last share our news….. Phase one of our long awaited Heritage Craft School, will be opening June 2019…… Phase two we hope will open in August.
This has been a long awaited idea that we’ve had for quite some time and our plans are well underway.
The idea had first been planted back in 2001 with a return to study Traditional Heritage Craft Skills (University of Ulster/ Limavady College) & City & Guilds Level 4.
It seemed perfect to us living on a smallholding with many disused agricultural buildings steeped in rural heritage that we could breathe new life into some of them including some dating back to 1937, a Nissan hut once used by Naval officers during the war, originally sited at Cromore, Portstewart. A relocated & repurposed Classroom from the nearby school Carnalridge. Phase one has seen the makeover and revamp of the oldest building and this will be the basket making workshop.
It’s our plan to have many masters and many makers alongside ourselves teach exclusively traditional heritage craft skills and our aim is to offer as wide a range as possible.
Our classroom will be suitable for a vast range of crafts and we will continue to upload details as they emerge.
Look out for us on Monday 6th May on BBC1 Home Ground 7pm, when we help show a few volunteers how to use some of their Hazel within the grounds of Mount Stewart.