Welcome to
Hands-on Heritage!

Hands-on Heritage is a professional services firm that develops exhibit content for specialty museums and sports-focused venues. Our team of researchers and storytellers will work with you to explore novel ideas and write narratives that bring your topic to life.

Whether you need stories and artifacts for an exhibit, research to celebrate a milestone, or collections support, our museum specialists can help.

Hands-on Heritage with Robin Van Auken

We collaborate with government, corporate, association, education, and museum clients to develop outstanding visitor experiences and forge creative connections among people, ideas, and communities.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

INFORMATION ANALYSIS

IMMERSIVE RESEARCH

WRITING & EDITING

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

HANDS-ON
HERITAGE

Our mission is to find and share stories that bind the past, present, and future, and use these stories to help create connected and resilient communities.

Hands-on Heritage with Robin Van Auken

WHAT WE DO

We are storytellers, and we collaborate with other creative people to develop outstanding visitor experiences. We specialize in researching, writing content for exhibits, and books. Our projects connect communities and conserve cultural and environmental legacies with an emphasis on interpretation and education.

Hands-on Heritage with Robin Van Auken

PARTNERS & PROJECTS

It’s our pleasure to work with distinguished partners, both locally and nationally, on legacy projects. Organizations like the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, ProMedica Health System, CambridgeSeven and SSOE Group architects trust us for their museum project planning and content development needs.

Hands-on Heritage with Robin Van Auken

WHO WE ARE

Hands-on Heritage is the professional communications team of Robin Van Auken, a registered professional archaeologist, and Lance Van Auken, a museum specialist. The team is unique for embedding itself within communities, developing relationships with citizens, and finding the unheard voices, the unseen images.

Recent Partners

Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
CambridgeSeven Architects
SSOE Group
Cortina Productions
ProMedica
ELS Architecture and Urban Design