Trades of old for all people to rediscover

TRADITIONAL TRADE: Neil Wilson shows off an example of the kind of traditional craftsmanship that can be experienced on the Artisan Trades Trail. Photo: SUPPLIED

TRADITIONAL TRADE: Neil Wilson shows off an example of the kind of traditional craftsmanship that can be experienced on the Artisan Trades Trail. Photo: SUPPLIED

HERITAGE Week is a celebration of the founding of Bathurst 202 years ago and a number of events have been planned to mark the occasion.

Bathurst Heritage Network convener Sandy Bathgate said the group pushed for the creation of Heritage Week in 2014 and it has since continued to be included on the calendar. 

Major events during the week include the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal dinner, Proclamation Day, the Pillars of Bathurst announcement and Delightful Spot walking tours.

These special events only cover the first two days of Heritage Week, May 6 and 7, and more activities will be held over the days following. 

One of the new events being added to Heritage Week this year is the Artisan Trades Trail.

“It is a collaboration between all the heritage and history groups in Bathurst and council,” Mr Bathgate said.

“Many, many years ago I understand there have been smaller events of heritage trades, but nothing of this scale.”

The event runs over May 13 and 14 and gives people the opportunity to rediscover traditional craftsmanship at their leisure at 10 iconic heritage venues.

Trades being showcased include cedar restoration and french polishing, Wiradyuri possum skin cloak making, woodwork and lace making.

“There will be dozens of experts showing everything they can do,” Mr Bathgate said.

“Most of our demonstrators and exhibitors are locals from Bathurst and that is something we wanted to do.”

Tickets are available from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre for $10, with children able to visit the venues for free with a paying adult.

One ticket gains entry to all venues, however people can pick and choose which ones they want to visit. 

“We’re hoping people will in Bathurst and from outside of Bathurst will come to see these people who can make things by hand,” Mr Bathgate said.

For more details and a map, visit www.autumncolours.com.au/events/bathurst-artisan-trades-trail.