National Endangered Heritage Skills and Trade Show

National Endangered Skills and Trade Show

Heritage Trades for Environmental Sustainability


For the 2022 National Endangered Skills and Trades Show (NESTS), we wish to highlight how traditional trades could help promote environmental sustainability in 3 main ways.

Traditional trades use traditional materials which tend to be biodegradable and thus create products that are also biodegradable. Traditional trades offer bespoke solutions to bespoke problems rather than a generic one-size-fits-all option. Traditional trades and skills promote the repairing and enhancing of existing objects. 

Our theme for this event was developed according to the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With NESTS 2022, we want to raise awareness and “strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage” (SDG 11.4) as well as illustrate how our heritage trades “reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse” (SDG 12.5). Fostering these traditional skills can help us overcome our current environmental and consumption challenges.

This event will include both an exhibition of these traditional trades and a seminar with speakers from various backgrounds talking to the theme.

While the 2021 National Endangered Skills and Trades Show was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to the businesses that wished to participate. We respect and value the trades that you are working in and are regretful to lose the opportunity to raise awareness of indigenous trades.

On Friday the 2nd of July, the National Museum of Australia hosted the National Endangered Skills and Trades Show Seminar with speakers from AIATSIS, the National Archives of Australia, Australian ICOMOS, and Endangered Heritage. This event was carried out in adherence to all necessary Covid-19 Safety measures and was live-streamed on YouTube to great success. 

Due to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19, it is still unknown if the 2022 NESTS will be conducted in-person or online but please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of all our participants will be held as our highest priority.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in sponsoring or participating in this event.