I will build a great wall
THE ancient craft of dry-stone walling will be taken up by former prisoners, servicemen and people from diverse ethnic minorities, among others, as part of a £10 million project to create a new generation of heritage craftspeople.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced investment in 18 Uk-wide projects, which also include rigging, repairing traditional wooden sailing ships and working on heritage railways. The £183,800 awarded to the Dry Stone Walling Association will secure the training of eight new wallers across the UK, helping to tackle the ongoing skills shortage, and trainees with no previous experience will be targeted.
‘There is no quick fix to this problem,’ says HLF Chair Sir Peter Luff. ‘The heritage sector has been slow in widening the profile of its workforce and, as a consequence, is on a long-term learning curve. We wanted to build on the legacy of our existing targeted skills funding—£47 million to date—and make a further financial commitment of just over £10 million. Why? Because we know the Skills for the Future programme can drive successful and lasting change. It’s simple yet highly effective: trainees paired with experts gain access to knowledge plus practical, paid, on-the-job experience.’ For further information, telephone Linda Clarkson on 01539 567953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org