Traditional crafts: Once these skills are lost, they’re lost forever

“My role is to use the deep historic importance of the industry to inform its future. This is all about sharing information and collaboration,”

Ann Whitall, Head of the National Wool Museum said.

I am sitting outside catching the last of the Summer sun, on the desk my partner built for me, my cat curled up on my lap. We discuss the historical significance of wool to Wales and the importance of this industry, particularly as it is in decline. Although we are speaking over Zoom, Ann still manages to emanate a level of passion, which I’ve come accustomed to feeling from those working in the woollen industry.

The National Wool Museum which forms part of Amgueddfa Cymru, has recently required one of the last remaining mills in Wales, Melin Teifi and part of this decision is centred around ensuring that skills are preserved on traditional machinery at a local level.

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