Now Heritage CIC

Emma Golby-Kirk

Member Type



History Reminiscence





Now Heritage Community Interest Company is run by Emma Golby-Kirk and Barbara Reed.

Emma gained an MA in Theatre Directing from University of East Anglia in 1995 and after a couple of years directing open air theatre, Theatre-In-Education, new writing and pub theatre she detoured into the helping professions to gain some ‘real life experience’ before returning to university in 2008 to study Radio Production and then building a freelance career in the arts and heritage sector. In 2011, she set up Now Heritage with her mother Barbara and devotes her time to devising and running projects which enable communities to explore and celebrate their heritage.

Barbara set up Now Heritage with daughter Emma after retiring from a career in Health Service management. She also brings 20 years experience of working front of house at Nottingham Playhouse.

Recent Now Heritage projects include:-

Design and delivery of the Heritage100 Roadshow tour for the Hampshire-Solent (Museum) Alliance, which supported over-60s to explore and contribute their stories to the Heritage100 website using iPads.

'Stories of the Croft' Oral History project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund), which involved gathering the stories of women who lived in a pioneering Nottingham Housing Scheme for lone mothers in the late 1960s / early ‘70s. The project culminated in an audio-visual museum display at Nottingham Castle and an online exhibition:

Emma and Barbara are currently working on (i) a theatre tour of a new play called Between Wind and Water, which explores Southampton people's historic relationship with the sea, and (ii) a local history project helping the community of Velmore in Chandler’s Ford to research and write a history of the development of their estate from the 1940s to present day.

Now Heritage is also working in partnership with the artist, Alys Scot-Hawkins on an Oral History based project exploring the stories of Bedford Place shopping area in Southampton.

Now Heritage creates and delivers education projects which enable communities to explore and celebrate their heritage. Projects usually involve:-
1) Training in Oral History interviewing skills, archive research and arts and media production skills
2) Gathering of oral histories and archive research
3) creative interpretation and production of learning materials through print or web publications, digital media, museum exhibitions, live theatre performance or cultural events.

Emma has made two community films as a freelance prior to setting up Now Heritage CIC and has made a series of 90 second 'shorts' for the Heritage100 project and an audio-visual installation for Stories of The Croft . She is constantly striving to develop her film-making skills.

As a company, we are experienced in all aspects of project management for the Arts and Heritage sector, including financial management, monitoring and evaluation. Emma is a trained Theatre Director and can lend directing skills and expertise to other people's performance projects.

Emma is an experienced speech audio producer and is continuously developing her feature, drama and documentary making skills.

Emma is experienced in making sound effects for live theatre performance, as well as for radio.

We specialize in running reminiscence based workshops and in recording Oral Histories (by method of audio or film). We develop innovative approaches to creatively interpret people's stories for new audiences, be this by digital media, print or web publication, museum exhibition or performance.

We specialize in creating and delivering heritage themed community education projects aimed at adults or children. We can also provide training in Oral History Interviewing skills, archive research, project management, theatre directing, audio production and other arts and media production skills.

We are experienced in creating a range of bespoke heritage based events. Past events have included a 'Heritage100' Roadshow touring social groups for the over 60s, a museum exhibition and website launch and a touring one-hour play.

We create exhibitions for the museums sector. In November 2011, we designed and installed an audio-visual exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum called Stories of The Croft.

We provide consultancy in all aspects of Oral History and heritage project development, including seeking and securing funding.

We provide project management services to other arts and heritage professions to ensure timely and effective delivery of heritage based projects.


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