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 Jason Collingwood and Priscilla McGirr

Marsh Heritage Crafts Trainer Award – Jason Collingwood

Jason has almost 30 years’ experience as a professional rug weaver and now has an international reputation in the field. He has also taught rug weaving all over the world and has produced 1000’s of rugs for corporate and private clients.

Jason provides informal training in rug weaving, offering residential courses from his workshop in Essex and also travelling internationally to do so. He offers group workshops as well as one-to-one individual workshops on residential courses which cover a wide range of rug weaving techniques. While he does not offer formal qualifications alongside the training, people who have attended his courses have learnt a lot and some have gone on to complete further courses in rug weaving, and in fact his nomination comes from a lady who has attended one of his courses and has now established her own practice in rug weaving.

Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award – Priscilla Mcgirr

Priscilla has been Chair of the Alford Craft Market for 5 years and currently gives around 22 hours a week of her time to the organisation. She helps to organise and run all the events that the organisation puts on, and is always available to lend a hand to other volunteers should her help be needed.

Priscilla was also the main person in the organisation who helped to get the Alford Craft Market Centre up and running in addition to the events that the market itself already organised. Here the group sell the work of 25 craft members, using volunteers to run the shop and open craft rooms where they run classes and workshops in a variety of crafts. Priscilla has worked tirelessly on the organisation and day-to-day running of the centre and it is safe to say that without her it would not have succeeded.

Pictured: Jason receiving his Award from Nick Carter, MCT Trustee (top), Work from 25 Alford Craft Market members who display their work for sale in the shop run by volunteers including Priscilla McGirr (bottom)


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