Our Traditional Crafts programme preserves and teaches about the various methods of traditional arts and handcrafts from throughout Europe's history. Participants receive instruction in such crafts as sewing and tailoring, construction of armour, weaving, working with leather, cooking and music, and skills such as book-binding and calligraphy. Every project results in a finished product made in as traditional a manner as possible, and some participants have gone on to use skills learned through this programme to produce products for businesses and shops.
What do people learn from this programme?
This programme is not just about sitting and making stuff; rather it is a unique and valuable medium through which to educate participants about both traditional skills and modern skills. For example, every project requires research and design, creating templates and building a prototype before the final version. Projects on a longer time-scale have an iterative process with constant refinements to the design and theory of the piece, and often have a requirements-specification that must be elicited from the end user before design can even begin. This programme teaches all the necessary skills for modern product development, along with research and development, as well as the historical and traditional arts and crafts.
Furthermore, this programme teaches about contexts of industry and trade routes. Participants of this programme learn about the historical value placed on different crafts and end products, they learn about trade routes throughout history and how these historical contexts have influenced modern trade, banking and commercial procedures. Individuals who do well in this programme develop a strong knowledge of history and important concepts for modern business as well as the simple crafting skills involved in the projects.