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Aims and Objectives

The Cultural History Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed and registered with Companies House in June 2018. The objective of its activities is to provide benefit to people interested in the cultural history of their neighbourhoods and families, particularly, but not exclusively, in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire.

The aims are:

  • To increase a sense of community spirit and ownership by connecting people to the history and culture of their localities and neighbourhoods. Particularly, Luton school students working with Luton Culture and their Museum Makers volunteering initiative.
  • To work with local schools and through the Universities of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, the Chiltern Learning Partnership, the 6th Form College, the Local Education Authority, the Luton Music Service, Luton Culture and the Beds and Herts Regimental Association to engage with young people to raise their awareness of the history and heritage of the Town.
  • The development and enhancement of skills in the performing arts.
  • The development and enhancement of skills in production of art.
  • The development of employability and soft skills.
  • To create job and training opportunities.

Initial Focus

The initial focus of the CIC is to develop a programme of commemorative events around the 100th anniversary of the Luton Peace Riots that took place in July 1919. To commemorate the 1919 Peace Riots, the CIC are already working with partner organisations, individuals and local community groups to develop a range of projects that promote awareness and interest in the culture and heritage of neighbourhoods, localities and people via learning and the performing arts.

Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards

We are very pleased to announce that last night (11th October, 2019) at the Luton and Bedfordshire Community Awards we won the prize for Community Arts Project of the Year. Thank you to all of you who have supported us in commemorating the Centenary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day Riots over the summer – very much a shared endeavour!

The Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards is an annual ceremony, celebrating the unsung heroes of our diverse and multicultural community and applauding those that that seek to make the lives of others, easier, happier and more fulfilled. The Community Awards is now in its 10th successive year and continues to see great support from the local community.  The award ceremony was held on Friday 11th October.

Luton’s Best Awards

Following on from being awarded the Community Arts Project of the Year from Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards Cultural Histories CIC is pleased to announce that it has been nominated for Luton Best Awards. The Luton’s Best Awards in partnership with Love Luton, celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations who make Luton a better place. This year marks the award’s 10th Anniversary.

Nominated by the public, the winners are from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the town. Their achievements are awe-inspiring and a lesson to us all. They say they are ordinary people, but quite their acts are truly extraordinary.


Since the first Luton’s Best Awards in 2009 many of our local businesses and leading local figures from show-business, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part. Hosted by Andrew Castle, the Awards attract an audience of 300 and has previously been live-screened to enable others to be part of the event.


Our winners come from hundreds of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals put forward by local voluntary and charities. They are whittled down to a shortlist from which our judging panel, made up of sponsors who all have a stake in the future and success of our town.


Who Are Cultural Histories CIC?

Steve Goodman

Mike McMahon

Steve Goodman has a BA (Hons) Psychology from Hull University, an MA in Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration both from Leicester University.

He has had extensive experience in the field of social care and began his career in Leicestershire.

Steve joined Luton Borough Council when it achieved Unitary Authority status in 1996 and was appointed Assistant Director for Elderly Person Services in the new formed Housing and Social Services Department.

In 2001 Steve joined the London Borough of Hackney first as Assistant Director for Community Care then in 2004 became Assistant Director of children social care and later Deputy Director for children services.

Whilst in Hackney Steve designed and led the implementation of Reclaiming Social Work, an ambitious and ground breaking transformation of Children’s Social Care.

Steve formed Morning Lane [MLA] in 2010 and since that time MLA has worked with over 40 authorities in the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and Eire helping them think through how to improve their social work offer to families.

Steve is passionate about his home town of Luton and wants to use his expertise to raise the profile and image of the Town.
Mike McMahon worked for Luton Borough Council for over 40 years holding a variety of Assistant Director, Head of Service and Director roles in Housing and Community Services.

Mike was the Council’s corporate lead on a series of prestigious high value projects including the refurbishment of Wardown House and the national award-winning New Homes for Luton Housing Joint Venture.

On retiring from the Council’s service in 2016, in addition to being the co-founder of The Cultural History CIC, Mike created his own company providing management consultancy services and secured a Non-Executive Directors role with a local Property Management Company.

In addition, Mike is an experienced trustee, having served as a trustee at Luton Town FC Community Trust for 4 years.

Mike is a passionate Lutonian – he is committed to working with local communities with a view to promoting a more positive reputation for the town and also creating opportunities for local people to raise their awareness and interest in the culture and heritage of the town.
Contact: steve.goodman@culturalhistories.orgContact: