For us history and heritage is not just a thing of the past. Working with schools, communities, villages and history societies we have enjoyed encouraging pride in local heritage, especially if it has been neglected or forgotten over the years. We are passionate about providing work which is of high quality making a lasting impression among those taking part. It is for these reasons that much of our work has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Our subjects range from the diaries of Samuel Pepys and the history of Cambridge University to the heroic role of the British merchant navy in World War II, the forgotten contribution to the British war effort of the Polish army and moving stories of local soldiers in the First World War.
Our heritage project model is simple: build a community of local researchers (of all ages) and create something memorable – a play, a musical, a beautiful book or captivating exhibition. Have a wander down Keystage’s own heritage. We would love to know what you think of our work.
The Merchant Navy – Unsung Heroes
A oral history project, collecting and preserving the stories of living Merchant seamen veterans who served in Word War II. Most were in their mid to late 80s, some in their 90s so we felt very honoured to have this chance to capture these stories first hand.
Giants Beneath our Feet
A project based on the mass deportation in 1940 of up to two million Poles to Siberia and how General Władysław Anders formed an independent Polish army and led them thousands of miles to join the British to fight with the allies.
What happened after World War II? When the boys came home, how had their lives, and in fact the whole world, changed? Students met with veterans and developed a moving play based on their homecoming stories.
Citizen of the World
Thomas Paine is a famous son of Thetford and, as part of the town’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his death, we wrote and produced a community play based on the epic story of his remarkable life.