Apprentice To The Past

Ancient British trades, which help to give Britain its unique appearance, are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices. What can be done to keep them alive?

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20060702

Ancient British trades, which help to give Britain its unique appearance, are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices. What can be done to keep them alive?

1/4. Clare Jenkins hears about plaster possums and backward-looking macaws from Suffolk pargeter Bill Sargent, who's teaching his son Kenny this ancient skill of decorative plasterwork.

20071203

Clare Jenkins presents a series about ancient British trades which are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices.

1/4. Suffolk pargeter Bill Sargent is teaching his son Kenny this ancient skill of decorative plasterwork.

20071204

Clare Jenkins presents a series about ancient British trades which are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices.

2/4. She talks to three Norfolk flint-knappers about this prehistoric skill, which helps to give East Anglia its distinctive appearance.

20071205

Clare Jenkins presents a series about ancient British trades which are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices.

3/4. She talks to three generations of the Somerset Willow Company about pigeon-carriers, picnic-baskets and coffins.

20071207

Clare Jenkins presents a series about ancient British trades which are in danger of dying out through lack of willing apprentices.

4/4. She visits Castleford in West Yorkshire to find out how canal lock engineers help to keep the waterways safe.

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Clare Jenkins hears about plaster possums and backward-looking macaws from Suffolk pargeter Bill Sargent, who's teaching his son Kenny this ancient skill of decorative plasterwork.

02Norfolk Flint-knappers2006070920070526

Clare Jenkins talks to three Norfolk flint-knappers about this prehistoric skill, which helps to give East Anglia its distinctive appearance.

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She talks to three generations of the Somerset Willow Company about pigeon-carriers, picnic baskets and coffins.

04 LASTCanal Lock Engineer2006072320070609

The industrial heritage sector needs to recruit more specialists with engineering and conservation skills. With an upsurge in demand for houseboats - either as a permanent dwelling or 'holiday home' - Clare Jenkins looks at what it takes to maintain and restore canal lock gates - and where and how someone can learn this specialist trade.

She visits Castleford in West Yorkshire to find out how canal lock engineers help to keep the waterways safe.