Bespoke Story Projects
We have years of experience of running projects with a focus on gathering and sharing stories, frequently delivering these in partnership with other organisations and community groups. Each project is carefully devised by our specialist team to meet the needs of individuals, communities and project partners, thus enabling the projects to be as meaningful and wide reaching as possible.
The majority of projects we are asked to work on involve some form of gathering stories. We all have stories, so this can be on any theme, from tattoos to China Clay, shellfishing to wild swimming. Recording individual stories is a hugely valuable and worthwhile activity and has numerous social benefits to those involved. With each project we look to collect people’s stories in the most appropriate and considerate way. This can include oral history recordings, Memory Days and story-sharing workshops.
Once you have gathered a story, there are endless possibilities for sharing it . We specialise in making people’s stories accessible through digital storytelling, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, social media, audio walks, events, displays and presentations. Again the form this takes is devised in response to people’s needs and wishes. We bring a creative approach to all that we do and are always seeking new and innovative ways to present and share stories.
We also make short films to document projects by capturing footage at different stages of the project. Here is an example documenting our work with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Tattoo Tales.
For more examples of some of the projects we have worked on, please explore our website.
We thrive on collaboration and over the past few years have enjoyed working with a range of organisations and communities to deliver story-focused projects. These have included the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the Rhoda Mary Project, the Hall for Cornwall, Kestle Barton, the Devon and Channel Shellfishermen Association, the Cornwall Heritage Trust and the Institute of Cornish Studies.
In March 2017, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall launched ‘Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed’. We approached Storylines to help us deliver an innovative programme of community engagement events to support this exhibition. The aim of the project, Tattoo Tales, was to meet with different community groups, record their tattoos and the stories behind them. The stories will form content for the exhibition and provide a platform for community voices within the museum.
From our very first meeting with Storylines, we were impressed by their professionalism and expertise, their clear-headed thinking when discussing costs and outcomes, and their ability to think practically and creatively when responding to our requests. Sarah and Ali’s wealth of experience in engaging with diverse communities and drawing out stories and responses with sensitivity can be clearly seen in the quality of the material they’ve supplied for us. We have very much enjoyed working with Storylines and look forward to future collaborations.
Seth Hall, Learning Manager at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Working with Storylines was a dynamic and successful collaboration. Their experience and creative approach made them a wonderful ambassador for the project and for Kestle Barton’s relationship with the local community. In all of our collaborations with Storylines their dedication, professional and enthusiastic attitude, preparation and follow-up are always impressive and make them a joy to work alongside. Their creative approach combined with their skill and experience working with people of all ages to create and orate stories is original and a real contribution to local communities and individuals…and Kestle Barton.
Dr Ryya Bread, Curatorial Director of Kestle Barton