WE'RE PROUD AS PUNCH TO ANNOUNCE...  a couple of our recently completed oral history projects


Birmingham Rep Oral History Project

2013 is the Rep's 100th birthday and the REP100 project was set up to celebrate this centenary with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. WordWorks carried out interviews with people who remembered the Rep as actors, students, directors, stage hands, set designers and audience members. We also trained the Rep's many enthusiastic volunteers in oral history-taking. A fascinating project delving deep into the theatre's rich history and WordWorks is very proud to have been part of it.

More about REP100 here.

Unlocked Oral History Project

A joint initiative between Adult Education and Birmingham Libraries, this project aims to 'unlock' the memories of Birmingham women about their own lives and the city around them. WordWorks carried out many interviews which have formed the basis of a large exhibition at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (running until mid December 2013) and a forthcoming book. WordWorks was delighted to have taken the lead on this important project.

More about Unlocked here




Who we are


At WordWorks we conduct relevant useful research for and with communities. Our speciality is working with hard-to-reach communities, giving a voice to those who may not have had one before.


We publish easy-to-read, accessible books, articles and guides on a range of subject areas. We have strong links to the voluntary sector and publish spcecialised guide books for workers and trustees. We also publish local and family history works, and other specialist and community publications. One of our specialisms is in work with the families of children with disabilities.


We can take your ideas for a project and turn them into reality. If you have a research or publishing project you want to get off the ground, just ask us if we can help.


WordWorks was established in 1993 as a research agency. Initially publishing our own research work, we quickly developed a publishing arm to fulfil our need to publish our research reports in very clear and accessible formats.


WordWorks the publisher now produces a broad range of publications although we still specialise in books for the voluntary and community sector.


But we have not left our research roots behind. We conduct original research, and are experts in accessing and extrapolating information from communities traditionally seen as invisible, hard-to-reach or easy-to-ignore. Our current projects include an oral history project with former children in care (looked after); a volunteer needs analysis for a large charity and a community needs analysis looking at the families of children with complex disabilities or life-threatening conditions.


Get in touch to learn how we can help you deliver your project.