National Endangered Skills and Trade Show
Heritage trades + youth = INNOVATION
This year Endangered Heritage will be hosting the National Endangered Skills and trade show! Come and watch experts demonstrate their trades at the fitter's workshop Kingston all weekend, July 3rd and 4th from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
The National Endangered Skills and Trades festival aims to raise awareness for the need for a new training model in the traditional trades. Training for these trades was once possible, but currently no longer fits within the Australian trades apprenticeship structure. These include trades like bookbinders, blacksmiths, clockmakers, and even locksmiths who cut and create antique locks and keys by hand, as well as calligraphers and illuminators who make their paints and ink from pigments. Not only traders working in traditional products but training for bicycle makers for wheelchairs, Printmakers using innovative methods, scientific glass-blowers for new research glassware.
Sixteen years ago in June of 2003, the National Museum of Australia launched its traveling exhibition “Rare Trades.” It followed the stories of six people from across Australia who maintain the tools and hand skills of endangered classic and unconventional trades in a predominately digital age. Each of these stories emphasised the beauty of working with the hands to transform raw materials into beautiful and functional objects. Endangered Heritage Pty Ltd also recognises the need for traditional hand skills as, without them, they would not be able to provide their quality services.
Worldwide there are innumerable self-taught enthusiasts, Masters, National Treasures, Artists Guilds, Clubs, and Associations working to preserve skills at risk of being lost. Endangered Heritage hopes to bring the public’s attention to these groups and the lucrative secure employment these trades offer.
In this ancient country, we have to recognise the mastery and skills of our Indigenous Australians. A wide range of careers including burning, weaving aquaculture, and herbal lore, all of which have an important place for future jobs.
The National Endangered Skills and Trades Show in 2019 was an absolute success. We saw around 2,000 on Saturday and about 4,000 on Sunday – many people returning with family and friends to share this unique opportunity. Now rapidly becoming Australia's biggest vocational trade show 2021 offers different careers on show new quirky creative careers for youth.
As part of the event, we have a seminar with speakers talking to the theme "INNOVATION, USING HERITAGE AND ARCHIVES".