We specialise in oral history, co-production and creative media. We are a not-for-profit organisation guided by co-operative principles, founded in 2012.
Oral history is a shared process of recording and archiving people's lived experiences. Before anything else we listen. We ask “what was it like to be a stay-at-home dad then?” “What is it like to be a hospital cleaner now?” Each person’s account is in its own way unique.
Our work explores places, communities and movements from multiple perspectives: at Speakers’ Corner we imagined past moments of London’s famous site of open air oratory from the speaker’s soapbox, the heckler’s hide-out and the gathered crowd. We weave together subjective accounts of lived experience to tell complicated and rich stories.
We collaborate with the people we record, and whose stories we tell. Our projects often bring together different generations or groups of people who have something to learn from each other, to connect ‘what has happened’ with ‘what could be’. Working together to co-produce archives and creative media we share authority and build new connections. We explore past experiences to help people re-imagine what is possible in the present and future.