The Living Memory Project (CIC) specialises in recording life stories alongside personal photographs to create publications, exhibitions, films and events across the UK.

We work with oral historians, storytellers, photographers, artists and filmmakers to produce projects that celebrate the rich lives and experiences of ordinary people from all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds.

We believe everyone has a story to tell and everyone has something valuable to share. We help people to tell their stories in their own words in a way that enriches their lives and the lives of others. 

The Living Memory Project exhibition at the New Art Gallery Walsall 2022

Behind the Counter - a new film by Lauren Hatchard commissioned as part of the 'Our Commonwealth' project

Common Wealth - a new film by Josepth Potts commissioned as part of the 'Our Commonwealth' project


Our Commonwealth: The People of Sandwell
A project celebrating some of the many extraordinary people from across Sandwell to mark the staging of The Commonwealth Games 2022. Using film, photography, oral history and performance, Our Commonwealth explores the lives of different people who support others and make our communities better places to live. This 12-month project features a touring exhibition of portraits by Anand Chhabra, 18 recorded life stories, and 2 new films by Lauren Hatchard and Joseph Potts. Explore this project here. 

Photography and Life Stories from across The Black Country
This major 3-year project recorded,  archived and shared over 60 life stories told around personal photographs. We also created over 160 community events, workshops and sharing days, and produced 16 regional exhibitions.  14 artists, writers and filmmakers were commissioned to produce new work about photography and memory across the region. The project culminated in the publication of the Living Memory book (available to buy now) and a major exhibition at the New Art Gallery Walsall. The project was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England between 2018 - 2021. Explore the project here.

Future Stirchley
A film commissioned by Historic England about the community around Stirchley's high street in Birmingham, and how it has coped during the Covid 19 pandemic. Released in March 2021, the film is a snapshot of a strong and vibrant community committed to making Stirchley a better place for all.

Life Stories and Bereavement
We also work with individuals across the UK who want to tell the story of a loved one who has passed away. We create a safe and supportive space for people who are often still grieving and grappling with loss to tell the story of a loved one and their lives together. We work closely with them to produce a full-colour publication that is theirs to keep. If you would like to find out more about this project please email

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