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Heritage in EuroPe: new techHologies in crAft for prEserving and innovaTing fUtureS

Project description

Saving traditional crafts with new technology

Old traditional crafts techniques are an important part of Europe’s cultural heritage and arts. However, advancements in technology and changes in the manufacturing and crafts sectors have put traditional crafts techniques at risk. They are in danger of becoming extinct as fewer craftspeople possess the specialised skills. In this context, the EU-funded HEPHAESTUS project will revive traditional crafts techniques that are at risk of disappearing, and entrepreneurially valorise the role of craft in future culture, economy and society. It will digitalise this important knowledge and preserve it in open archives. Bringing together an interdisciplinary consortium, HEPHAESTUS will combine technology and craft processes to create innovative public engagement and explore the role of craft in the future. The project will also create lifelong learning programmes.


Globalised markets, advancements in technology, and changes in the manufacturing have put at risk traditional crafts techniques, which are in danger of disappearing. HEPHAESTUS will map this important knowledge and know-how of ancient techniques and materials, digitalise craft heritage to restore historic artefacts, preserve it in open archives, and mobilise it to innovate craft processes. Our interdisciplinary consortium will conduct R&I activities through ethnographic research, design thinking, and speculative design to bring together cutting-edge technologies with craft processes to make this encounter socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically sustainable. We will create innovative forms of engagement with the public. HEPHAEUSTUS aims: (i) to revive and valorise traditional crafts by combining them with new and emerging cutting-edge technologies through innovative business models for craft sectors growth; (ii) to create a craft-technology driven methodology for bringing together traditional know-how with new cutting edge technologies, circular economy and New Bauhaus principles to innovate sustainably craft processes; (iii) to explore visions for the role of craft in the future, integrating emerging technologies and contributing to the circular economy, by engaging craft communities in a participatory ideation process; (iv) to set up a life-long learning methodology, develop courses, programs, curricula, entrepreneurial and organisational skill sets to create jobs and revive enterprises where tradition meets the future; (v) to establish the first pioneering “Future of Craft” living lab at Bornholm, an action-oriented think tank for circular craft-driven design innovation (vi) and to establish sustainable craft-technology relationships by connecting research and heritage sites, cultural and creative sectors, institutions, universities and other research institutions, regional and national authorities, enterprises and other relevant stakeholders.



Net EU contribution
€ 1 016 367,50
Solbjerg plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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Partners (4)