Playful Heritage

Communication

About the programme

Co-creating interactive experiences with partners and local communities to bring archives, museums, heritage sites and complex histories to life through play.  

Our Playful Heritage programme brings to life the complexities of history through play and participatory design. We collaborate with a range of partners – including museums, archives, university departments, heritage sites and local communities – to explore the creative ways diverse audiences can engage with heritage and have meaningful conversations through interactive experiences. These experiences may take the form of immersive theatre productions, smartphone-led audio storytelling adventures, discussion-based prompt games, game-design workshops with young people, or live events.

In the last few years, we have worked with a range of heritage partners, including the National Archives, the National Trust, Flag Fen Archeology Park, Kensington Palace, Imperial War Museums and the National History Museum.

We create accessible and engaging projects aiming to make collections and heritage sites relevant to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our projects often celebrate untold stories, marginalised voices and alternative narratives, working with a diverse and inclusive network of artists, partners, young people and communities. We have a specific interest in unpacking and exploring ‘difficult’ or contested parts of British history, such as colonisation, empire, protest movements, climate action and other aspects of the national story that have been traditionally neglected by mainstream institutions. Through our expertise in site-specific and interactive design, we aim to create sensitive experiences for staff and audiences to learn about history in ways that feel relevant, collaborative, playful and action-focused.

Featured projects

Explore these projects connected to the Playful Heritage programme.

Common Ground: Playtest

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250 Project connecting young people with their local heritage through the arts.

The Ministry of Time Travel

A series of adventures created at The National Archives for young people & families.

The Golden Key

A spectacular event transforming the City of London with theatre, games, and performance for all ages.