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National Endangered Heritage Skills and Trade Show

National Endangered Skills and Trade Show


The National Endangered Skills and Trades Show is an annual event run by Endangered Heritage to showcase artisans, makers, and repairers equipped with years of traditional knowledge. These traditional knowledge and skills are essential parts of our history.

However, these essential trades all face the same challenge, they are not allowed to take on apprentices. A situation that will cement their end if nothing is done. NESTS strives to give these traders the foundation to promote their knowledge and craft, inspiring a new generation of blacksmiths, weavers, horologists etc. 

NESTS 2023 will include demonstrations of these traditional trades and a seminar with speakers from various backgrounds talking to the theme of Heritage Trades for Environmental Sustainability.  Traders from all over Australia will be showcasing their skills and crafts at the Demonstrations on the 13th to the 15th of October at the Kingston Bus Depot. 

Seminar 2023


Date: TBC

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: TBC

On the night of the speakers from various backgrounds such as the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Prince's Trust Australia, the Mexican Embassy, and even will gather with members of these trades, a saddler and a conservator, to discuss the theme Reverse Engineering Skills. Discussing how once skills and knowledge is lost reverse engineering them to be able to enliven an industry cost so much more than preserving them. 


The seminar will be livestreamed for those unable to make it in person. Registrations for both livestream and in-person tickets will be through Eventbrite.

Demonstrations 2023

Dates: 13th to 15th October

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Kingston Bus Depot 

Demonstrations will be running from the 13th to the 15th of October at the Kingston Bus Depot. There will be demonstrations to watch, opportunities to talk with the artisans about their trade, as well as the chance to browse the wares brought by the artists. Entry price for this event will be one gold coin donation.

Please note that while attendance for demonstrations will not require registration, due to the large numbers expected in the event, SCHOOL GROUPS WILL HAVE TO BOOK. If interested, please call 02 6280 6280. 

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