£10m lottery boost for traditional skills in the heritage sector

(via The Herald)

By Phil Miller

More than £10m is to go to training people in heritage skills from dry stone walling to rigging and repairing traditional wooden sailing ships.

The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting projects across the UK that will train a "new and more diverse generation of heritage workers" in areas from traditional crafts to digital specialists.

In Scotland, the cash has gone towards three projects, including nearly £600,000 to Museums Galleries Scotland to create a series of traineeships across Scotland, and a £377,000 fund for Skills for Rewilding.

In this project, fifteen trainees will develop kills needed to enable them to work on large-scale natural heritage projects.

Based at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate, they will be taught skills in horticulture, native woodland and deer management, biological surveying and engaging rural communities.

Another £496,200 is going to the Next Step Initiative, which will see sixteen traineeships to enable minority ethnic and cultural communities, who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector, to learn heritage new skills.

Elsewhere in the UK, there will be training for shipwrights in traditional skills which are under threat of being lost, such as rigging and repair of wooden ships, while trainees from areas of high unemployment will learn how to overhaul steam locomotives and ships.

The £10.1m funding is being shared between 18 projects across the UK.

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