You can come to us with a story seed, and we’ll grow it. If your oral history project is already bearing fruit, we can give you a little advice and support. Whether you hire us one off or for on-going work, we will help you to create an original cultural heritage experience, within budget and to deadline.

On the Record offers:

  • Fundraising and creative strategy
  • Budgeting advice
  • Training in oral history and digital storytelling
  • Audience development
  • Project management
  • Logging and archiving oral history, photographs and cultural heritage
  • Producing creative works with your collections.

Our past work for clients includes consultancy support for Tape Letters (for Modus Arts), oral history and podcast The Quick and The Dead (for the Royal Parks), editorial support for Becoming Fathers: Reproductive Journeys in Malawi (for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Amsterdam), sound art commissions for The Old Church in Stoke Newington, evaluation of The Wornington Word: A People’s History of the Wornington Green Estate W10 (for Renegade Theatre), and project management of Arming All Sides: the Arms Trade in the First World War (for Campaign Against Arms Trade).


Who you’ll be working with

Rosa Schling and Laura Mitchison have been recording oral histories in London and beyond since 2008. Since co-founding On the Record, Rosa and Laura have led numerous successful and innovative projects and worked as consultants and partners to deliver many more.

Both Rosa and Laura are full enhanced Child and Adult Workforce DBS holders and have experience of working collaboratively, creatively and sensitively with all audiences, including marginalised or minority groups such as young people, disabled people, people with mental health problems, people with experience of insecure housing or homelessness and people with experience of the criminal justice system.

Before discovering her love of oral history, Rosa worked as a facilitator and participatory trainer around community organising, housing and homelessness. She has created several exhibitions, authored books and produced podcasts. Currently, her work focuses on co-operative organisation, histories of childcare and parenting and radical / community bookshops. She has extensive project management and volunteer coordination expertise and can advise on all aspects of running an oral history and heritage project.

Before On the Record, Laura worked on heritage and arts productions at organisations including the V&A and the Women’s Library. Her photography and writing appeared in The Times, Index on Censorship, Prospect and The Economist. She has designed radio programmes, written publications and exhibition texts, made a mobile phone app and created art works for a major public building. Currently, her work explores rites of passage, the senses, healthcare, walking and place. She has extensive training, project and volunteer management experience.