A Team of Story Collectors

The British Council is looking for a professional team of story collectors to build a heritage story collection based on activities and people that the Heritage of Future Past has worked with during two years of project implementation.

Deadline for proposal submission is 13 October 2019. 

Assigment period from November 2019 to February 2020.


A British Council programme taking place in Vietnam as well as Colombia and Kenya, Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth is a two-year pilot initiative exploring the use of cultural heritage for growth that benefits all levels of society. Cultural heritage in this context means many things, from the built environment through to cultural traditions such as music and language. Inclusive growth means working with and for all levels of society to reconcile the divide between economic growth, and rising poverty and inequality.

In Vietnam, the in-country Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth project – known as Heritage of Future Past – works with music and film heritage, in particular valuable aspects that are under-represented or at high risk of disappearing. 

Music and film heritage – especially that of under-represented marginalised groups - including ethnic minority groups located in remote, rural areas – are becoming increasingly less visible in Vietnam’s contemporary culture and society, against the backdrop of rapid economic growth. Within this context, efforts in safeguarding valuable and at-risk intangible cultural components have received very little attention and support. The situation affects the capacity of communities surrounding said components to develop their human capital and contribute to national development.  

By employing innovative approaches that enable a variety of communities to contribute and benefit from the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, Heritage of Future Past seeks to create inclusive and sustainable growth opportunities in the heritage sector. The project is implemented across two closely linked programming strands: Community Culture Heritage and Film-Archive-Music Lab (FAMLAB). While activities in the former focus on the safeguarding of cultural heritage within the project’s target communities, Strand 2 reaches out to the creative industry at large – in particular to artists, creative practitioners and audiences – to serve as a catalyst for collaborative works that engage with Vietnam’s music and film heritage via contemporary pathways.

Project activities are focused on research, documentation, conservation, training and capacity building (including oral teaching techniques), experimentation and innovation, advocacy and education (including policy and community dialogues), and the re-imagination and revitalisation of cultural heritage assets via contemporary practices.For more information please visit our project webpage.  


Heritage of Future Past is a two-year pilot project aiming to collect evidence for the proof of concept that harnessing the latent and transformative potential of local cultural heritage assets will increase opportunities for inclusive growth. 

We are looking to build a collection of stories from the people and places of valuable cultural heritage assets that have been part of Heritage of Future Past. We believe these stories should be kept and shared for the benefit of people who tell their stories, and those who will listen and share these stories further. We envisage this heritage story collection will facilitate a pathway to future work in harnessing local cultural heritage assets for inclusive growth. 

This assignment will require a team of story collectors to meet with people and visit places that the Heritage of Future Past has worked with since April 2018 to collect stories around the cultural heritage assets that have been key subjects of the project. 


The objective of this assignment is to build and share a heritage story collection as a contribution to the safeguarding of local cultural heritage and the promotion of the diversity of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage, and its importance and relevance in today’s societies.

The story collectors will work with the Heritage of Future Past project team to develop a plan for research, information collection and writing of these heritage stories. The story collectors will then carry out this plan over a period of four months (November 2019 and February 2020). We envisage these will be written stories, but are open to suggestions about integrating audio-visual elements into the story format. Written content of each story should be in both Vietnamese and English languages and range between 350–500 words.

Please click here to download Request for Proposal. 

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
British Council
Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2019-10-13