Traditional skills receive funding
More than £13m is to be earmarked to help preserve traditional skills such as stone masonry and thatching, according to official reports.
The Heritage Lottery Fund, which is pouring the £13.6m fund into 50 separate projects around the country, also hopes to make a further 800 placements available for people wishing to learn skills including book conservation.
As well as the commercially important skills of thatching and masonry, techniques vital to heritage conservation efforts including specialist brickwork and traditional boatbuilding are to receive a boost from the new fund.
Commenting on the news, Heritage Lottery Fund chairwoman Dame Jenny Abramsky said: "This extra money expands our tailored skills programmes at a time when demand for training opportunities is extraordinarily high.
"The Heritage Lottery Fund has been championing work-based placements for a number of years and we are pleased to give even more financial support through the Training Bursaries and Skills for the Future programmes."
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