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Unlocking yesterday's stories for today

We deliver arts and heritage projects in community and cultural settings. Our projects bring people together to discover, explore and share stories relating to their history and heritage. They enrich community life and promote wellbeing, learning and personal development.

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 writing, performance, making art, or participating in events and exhibitions.

 

Our projects provide meaningful learning and engagement activities for a wide range of people, such as children and 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 social impact through our projects by promoting respect and understanding between different groups, and providing learning and personal development opportunities for participants.





Our projects past and present
March 2017 - June 2018
Planes, helicopters and the iconic Transit van – one small site in Southampton has produced them all. In 2013, the factory closed its doors and a high-tech logistics park has risen in its place bringing different kinds of jobs for a different kind of future.

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.

January - June 2016
Creating an exhibition to accompany an innovative touring show telling the incredible story of 'Sapper Dorothy Lawrence' - the first and only female soldier in WWI.

April - October 2015
A touring play exploring the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 through the stories of three ordinary folk caught up in the action. This play toured schools and historical venues, culminating in a centenary performance at The Great Hall , Winchester on 25th October 2015.