Friday, January 19, 2024

Heritage Update January 2024: Presentations, plaques, photographs, and a ribbon cutting!

In the first edition of the Heritage Update for 2024:

  • Heritage NL is the recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming for its Craft at Risk project; 
  • updating property plaques for Registered Heritage Structures to include the stories of the women who lived there, with a note on Lambert and Johanna Greene House and Outbuildings, Tilting, Fogo Island; 
  • Heritage NL visits the Eastport Peninsula to host scanning parties in Salvage and Eastport, to document, preserve and share old photographs for the communities; 
  • looking back at Heritage NL’s Skills Training and Mentor-Apprentice Program, with a peek inside the heritage window workshop of Neil Hammond; 
  • and the City of St. John's and Heritage NL cut the ribbon on the official reopening of the Bowring Park Cantilever Bridge. 

download the pdf here

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Made in Canada: Sustainable Fibre Arts Conference 2024


The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the provincial Year of the Arts initiative, has the pleasure to announce the Made in Canada: Sustainable Fibre Arts Conference 2024. The Conference is taking place from September 19 to 23, 2024, in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you would like additional information, please find the Conference’s website through the embedded link. 

Organizations can contact the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador directly if interested in becoming sponsors.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

You are invited to the Humber Valley Thriving Regions workshop Jan 31

Heritage NL will be in Deer Lake on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM as part of the Harris Centre research project from Memorial, presenting on the Humber Valley Traditional Skills inventory. 

If you'd like to attend, it is free, with lunch provided, but you need to register in advance

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Supporting Crafts at Risk during the Holiday Season.

 A great way to support Crafts at Risk this holiday season is to buy local! When it’s possible for you, consider heritage crafts for your next purchase or gift. 

Mile-a-minute quilt by Mary Elliott of Main Brook.

Many of our Mentors and Apprentices sell their work at a variety of locations both in person and online! Follow them on social media or reach out to inquire about purchasing a piece:


Susan Furneaux -

Lori McCarthy -

Sylvie Mitford -

Charlotte Reid -

Jennifer Morgan -

Ian Gillies -

Marnie Parsons -

Abby Hann -


Megan Samms - @livetextiles

Jane Walker - @janevwalker

Stephanie Stoker- @sheaoli

Jessica McDonald - @my_wovenwords

Christian Dauble - @wovenlore

Morgaine Parnham - @treelinefinecraft

Dennis Flood - @artist_blacksmith

Sandi Yates - @sandiyates709

Neil Hammond - @hammondwoodwork


Chantelle Evans - Tautulle by Chantelle Evans

Nicole Travers - Blomidon Beadwork

Guy Barnable - Drangan Landscaping

Sarah MacAulay - Sarah MacAulay Art

Eileen Murphy - Baskets by Eileen

Tina White - NatureMinded


Erica Dawe -

Duncan and Katie Major -

Work by mentors and apprentices can also be found at Great Caribou Studio & Cafe in Mary’s Harbour, Glen John Craft Shop in Conne River, or King’s Point Pottery in King’s Point. The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quidi Vidi Artist Studios are also excellent locations to buy local craft. There are also many local craft fairs in the lead up to the holiday season.

Let us know your favourite place to shop for local craft!

Monday, November 20, 2023

You are invited to An Old Picture Night!


Thursday, November 23rd, 7:30 PM
Beaches Arts and Heritage Annex, Eastport

Are you interested in old pictures of Salvage and Eastport? Heritage NL is hosting an Old Picture Sharing Night on Thursday, November 23rd at the Beaches Arts and Heritage Annex in Eastport. Come see some old pictures from the Eastport Peninsula, followed by a brief presentation by the MUN Folklore department about their research in the area.

This event is free but does require attendees to pre-register. Follow the link here to pre-register:

Organized in partnership with the

  Eastport Peninsula Arts and Heritage Society

 and Salvage Fishermans Museum

Tuesday, November 14, 2023



The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming recognizes innovative programs or initiatives that encourage public engagement in Canadian history.

Heritage NL is receiving national recognition for its Craft At Risk project – an ambitious initiative to research, assess, and address the loss of traditional knowledge and craft in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Craft at Risk engaged more than 1,000 participants in fifty communities with the rich, cultural traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador. In total, the initiative has helped preserve more than twenty crafts, from bark tanning to komatik (sled) making to letterpress printing, revitalizing a wide range of traditions and skills.

The award will be presented by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, at an upcoming ceremony.
To learn more about the Governor General’s History Awards and the 2023 recipients, visit


More information:

Claude-Sylvie Lemery
Communications Manager
514 433-3405

Thursday, October 26, 2023

You are invited to The Old Photo Sharing Sessions in Eastport and Salvage

Photo: Man with cart pulled by bull, Eastport, circa 1939, The Rooms Item VA 14-248

You are invited to
The Old Photo Sharing Sessions

Wednesday, November 8th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Hall, Salvage 

Thursday, November 9th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Beaches Arts and Heritage Theatre Annex, Eastport

Do you have an old photo album of pictures from the Eastport Peninsula? Heritage NL is hosting two sharing sessions, to help preserve and share old photos for all to see. Heritage NL is looking for old photos of the community, from the 1890s to the 1990s, including anything showing old buildings, garden parties, shops that no longer exist, photos from the old festivals, or cars decorated for weddings. 

“We want to see those snapshots Nan kept in the old biscuit tin in the closet,” says folklorist Dale Jarvis with Heritage NL. “Sometimes photos from the 1970s and ‘80s include buildings or structures that have changed over time, so even if they aren’t ancient photographs, they can still help us document changes to the community.” 

Think of it as a show and tell for your old photos! Heritage NL staff will be on site to scan the photographs and ask questions about who or what is shown. You take home your original photos, and if you bring your own USB flash drive, you can take home a digital copy as well. The digital copies will be used in an Old Picture Show viewing event that will take place later on this November. The event will occur locally and you are all invited to attend.

So go ahead and dig out those old photos, and come out for a cup of tea and a chat with the folks from Heritage NL!

Organized in partnership with the

  Eastport Peninsula Arts and Heritage Society

 and Salvage Fishermans Museum

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Candy boilers, fence builders, and blood pudding makers - celebrating the skills of Tilting, Fogo Island

Tilting NL - Candy boilers, fence builders, and blood pudding makers are featured in a new report celebrating the traditional skills of Tilting, Fogo Island.

Starting in 2022, the Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society (TRACS) and Heritage NL, in partnership with the Community Revitalization Research Program at Queen’s University, set out to identify traditional skill holders in the area.

That research on local knowledge has been released in a colourful new online publication by Heritage NL, with photos and quotes by the participants.

"We wanted to find the ‘hidden gems’ of Tilting traditions," says Dale Jarvis, Heritage NL Executive Director. "We found storytellers, musicians, carvers, lobstermen, keepers of beer plants, and experts on local lore, who are all represented in the study."

Jarvis says the document is a starting point for future research, with many more crafters, makers, and skills-holders to be identified. The report is available on the website.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Job Posting: Records Management Clerk

Job Posting: Records Management Clerk

Heritage NL is seeking a Records Management Clerk, to assist Heritage NL further its goals of fostering a greater appreciation of historic places and living heritage, by digitizing organizational records and community archival and photographic collections, and making those more accessible to the general public. This will include scanning and digitization of photographic and written records, writing of archival metadata, as well as transcription of recorded oral histories. 

This will be a 52 week position at $20/hr, based in St. John's.  The applicant will have a background in records management and/or library and information sciences, experience in transcription, strong computer skills, and knowledge of various digital media formats. An archival background or work experience, or work with community heritage organizations, is an asset. 

This position is funded through the Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program, so applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a resident of the province;

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada;

  • Meet the definition of EI-eligible;

  • Be approved by the Department under Section 25 of the Employment Insurance Act as insured participants who are active EI claimants; and

  • Have an employment plan that identifies that the JCP work experience being considered supports a reasonable occupational goal.

Heritage NL’s role is to safeguard and sustain the heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador for present and future generations everywhere, as a vital part of the identities of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and as a valuable collection of unique knowledge and customs. 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, September 20th

Send resume and cover letter to: 

Dale Jarvis, Executive Director, Heritage NL

PO Box 5171

St. John's, NL

Canada A1C 5V5