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Ashgate Heritage Arts

Ashgate Heritage Arts CIC (AHA) is dedicated to making arts-heritage projects come alive. It puts essential community stories relevant to today’s world in front of people.

The company opens up the importance of heritage to new and wider audiences through workshops and performances.

We ‘show’ (not ‘tell’) the importance of heritage. Visual and exciting, experiential performances make heritage – which many people consider a dry subject – come alive. People who think they don’t like history will find, through our arts projects, that they do enjoy it.

Using the arts we enable people to appreciate that heritage permeates our lives and is ‘now’ (not ‘then’).

The company’s activities focus on providing benefits to communities through researching, creating and promoting dramatic projects rooted in local and national heritage and history.

By involving community members, people are brought together for a common purpose to educate and entertain.

The company also focusses on looking to the past for inspiration to cope with problems we face today.

A new historical narrative is produced and with permanent memorabilia remains a lasting legacy for communities.

Creative Genre

  • We work in the area of performance using all art forms including music and drama.

Work Undertaken

  • Since 2014 we have produced 'The Perfect City'
  • a reading of Oswald and the Mystery of Comet Island
  • 'Ferguson's Gang' (at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Mill Theatre) and online work including a reading of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" and various chapters in The Crooked Spire saga. The Crooked Spire - medieval murder-mystery musical was staged at The Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield in May 2022 and a FILM OF THE SHOW IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AT ASHGATEHERITAGEARTS.CO.UK SEE CURRENT PRODUCTION...Crooked Spire Screening Room. Password from Ticket shop URL

Work in Education

  • We have worked with Junction Arts on workshops for The Crooked Spire



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