Marsh Awards for Heritage Crafts

The Marsh Awards for Heritage Crafts are run in partnership with the Heritage Craft Association.

These awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional individuals that contribute so much to our rich living heritage. The awards have been created to encourage the passing on of skills from one generation to another and to acknowledge the great work that volunteers do to raise the profile of heritage crafts across the UK.

Pictured right: Silver engraving

The 2016 winners are Alistair McCallum and Pamela Emerson

Marsh Heritage Crafts Trainer Award - Alistair McCallum

Alistair trained at Loughborough College of Art and the Royal College of Art and set up his first workshop in London in 1978 after graduation. Alistair is a silversmith and one of the leading practitioners of the Japanese metalworking technique of Mokume Gane, which he has explored for over 40 years. He works to commission as well as exhibiting nationally and internationally. Mokume Gane is a time consuming technique and involves building a sandwich of different metals which are then joined together by fusion or silver solder – the number of these layers can vary but Alistair uses between 5 and 128 dependant on each individual piece he makes. Over the last 20 years, Alistair has dedicated his time to delivering workshops and short courses on this technique, which he has worked hard to get back into crafters’ minds. Sadly in June 2016, Alistair became blind overnight and so is no longer able to make or teach, but he remains positive and keen to support others in their own careers, acting as a mentor and adviser to the many students he has taught.

Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award - Dr Pamela Emerson

NI Big Sock is a community participation project encouraging people to learn the skill of English paper piecing and contribute to the creation of a wold record breaking patchwork Christmas stocking. Pamela has planned, coordinated and delivered the project since inception and has managed to engage over 1000 participants and developed a strong network of volunteers from Northern Ireland and beyond. Volunteers and participants have learnt new skills by utilising traditional methods, made new friends and become part of a vibrant and enthusiastic sewing community. Pamela has dedicated her time to share her skills and develop the project consistently over the last year, visiting over a dozen voluntary groups, holding over 30 pop up workshops at craft events and managing the logistics and communications that come with organising such a large scale project. Groups and individuals are now coming to Pamela in order to be a part of the project thanks to her use of social media, where people have shared their experiences and helped to promote the craft that was found to be a new experience even for experienced stitchers.


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