Heritage Specialists

Unfinished Histories Heritage Specialists

Over the course of thirteen years of operation Unfinished Histories has built a great range of experience and knowledge both of documenting alternative theatre, but also of the processes of documenting cultural heritage more broadly.  This is available on a consultancy basis to other organisations.

Areas of specialism include:

  • Conducting, managing and editing oral history interviews and training others in interviewing
  • Curating exhibitions
  • Working with groups to share skills and engage them with heritage
  • Research, writing and publishing
  • Archive consultancy
  • Project management
  • Funding application development
  • Disability and diversity awareness and training
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Creating web site content
  • Documentation
  • Sound and video editing

Available on a freelance contract basis or as a collaborating body. Fees by negotiation. For further information: contact@unfinishedhistories.com or susan@unfinishedhistories.com


A small selection of feedback

On the commissioned report on Artsadmin’s archive
I found your report extremely useful: the work you have done so far is great… [let’s]] think about the next phase!

On the commissioned report on Oral Histories of Theatre
‘The committee were most impressed with the enormous amount of work you put into the task and very grateful for it. You have our profound thanks for such an excellent result’. Society for Theatre Research

On Conference Organisation:
‘Congratulations – it was a brilliant day! I really enjoyed the conference and it gave me a lot of food for thought.’

On the exhibition How the Vote Was Won, Art, Theatre and Women’s Suffrage (HLF funded, co-curated by Susan Croft with Irene Cockroft):
I went to see this exhibition yesterday and thought it was excellent! It was a really great juxtaposition of objects, photos, stories, art that all settled so well together and brought together the vibrancy of the suffragette movement’.

On the Unfinished Histories web site:
‘What a great site you have. Thanks very much for putting all this together.’
‘What a treasure chest of fascinating material – a real resource that documents an important part of theatrical and political history’.
‘What you’re doing with the Unfinished Histories is brilliant and a fantastic resource.’

On the intergenerational and other volunteer projects:
‘It’s fascinating to be able to sit down and speak with people from another generation and learn from their successes and failures.  I really enjoyed performing at the events and involving actors I know in re-creating relatively unknown theatre from another era.’ (Volunteer evaluation)

‘This has been such an amazing and rewarding experience’.

On the exhibition book:
‘Susan Croft’s Unfinished Histories: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden [is] small in scale but big in importance. [This] story needs telling.’
(Howard Loxton, Organiser, STR Theatre Book Prize)