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Unlocking yesterday's stories for today

We deliver heritage based projects in community and educational settings which bring people together to discover, explore and share stories relating to their history and heritage.

We believe in the positive value of creating dialogues between people from different social and cultural backgrounds, from different age groups and with different life experiences. We also believe that people should be in charge of telling their own life stories, and for this reason our projects create opportunities for participants to get involved in the process of crafting and shaping their stories for wider audiences, be it through performance, documentaries, writing, exhibition and event creation, or any other art form.

Our projects provide meaningful learning and engagement activities for a wide range of people, such as children and young adults seeking to gain new skills, and older people with memories to share. Reminiscence, oral history interviewing and archive research are three activities which are central to most of our projects, and a typical project might include:-

  • training in Oral History interviewing, archive research and arts or media and heritage production skills
  • research and gathering of oral histories (through film or audio recording)
  • interpretation and sharing of stories through a range of creative and learning outputs

Now Heritage is a community interest company, which means we exist for the benefit of the communities we serve and our activities are run as 'not-for-profit'. Our mission is to create a positive impact through our projects by promoting social cohesion, respect and understanding between different groups; and to provide education, training and personal development opportunities for participants.

Our projects past and present
Exploring the transport manfacturing history of the former Ford site in Southampton
Planes, helicopters and the iconic Transit van – one small site in Southampton has produced them all. Now, the factory is gone and a high-tech logistics park rises in its place bringing different kinds of jobs. This year-long heritage lottery funded project invited people to revisit the former 'Home of the Transit' and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and voices of another age.

October 2016
It’s not every day you get asked to make a ‘flash mob’ exploring the culture of philanthropy. We had great fun working with students from Solent University and Totton College creating a lively 8 minute piece exploring the stories of some of Britain’s greatest givers.

In the Spring and Summer of 2012, we worked with a group of visually impaired students at a Hampshire School, supporting them to set up and present their own radio station.

Supporting theatre company 'The Heroine Project Presents' with the education offer linked to their touring play
January - June 2016