National Endangered Heritage Skills and Trade Show

National Endangered Skills and Trade Show

Heritage Trades + Youth = INNOVATION 


Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, It is with a heavy heart that Endangered Heritage must cancel the National Endangered Skills and Trade show for 2021. In the background, we have been hard at work on developing a COVID-19 safe procedure. With the latest lockdowns and the recent Covid health alert in ACT, we are unable to delay the cancellation of this event to the last minute as vendors from interstate would be adversely impacted.
We feel that the best decision for the safety of our staff, participants, and the public is to cancel the event at the Fitters workshop this year.
To the businesses who were participating in the National Endangered Skills and Trade Show, we want to express our deepest gratitude and emphasise how much your support means to us. We respect and value the trades that you’re working in. This trade show aims to raise awareness on the importance of all these trades and the value they bring to the Australian economy. 

We are regretful to lose this year’s opportunity to raise awareness of the indigenous trades and how the indigenous elder’s knowledge is at risk of being lost forever.
Our National Endangered Skills and Trade show seminar is still going ahead on the 2nd of July at 6.00 pm with the support of the National Museum of Australia, AIATSIS and the National Archives of Australia. Please book to attend.


The National Endangered Skills and Trades Show aims to raise awareness of the need for a new training model in traditional trades. Training for these trades was once possible, but currently no longer fits within the Australian trade 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. This show is not only to showcase traders working in traditional products, but also bicycle makers for wheelchairs, printmakers using innovative methods, scientific glassblowers conducting new research glassware etc.

Eighteen years ago, in June of 2003, the National Museum of Australia launched its travelling 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 ones’ 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 must 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– with many people returning with family and friends to share this unique opportunity.

As part of the event, we have a seminar with speakers talking to the theme: "INNOVATION, USING HERITAGE AND ARCHIVES".