Having staged pioneering theatre events in London for over a quarter of a century, LIFT has amassed a wealth of material now housed in the Special Collections Library at Goldsmiths, University of London, and online at www.liftlivingarchive.com/lla just waiting to be explored.

Within the LIFT Living Archive are documents, photographs, objects and recordings which provide an extensive learning source and an insight into not just the performances seen at LIFT, but also the negotiations and planning which makes the festival happen.

Stretching all the way from LIFT's inception in 1981 to 2001, LIFT Living Archive is a treasure trove for academics, artists and anyone with an interest in how LIFT and contemporary theatre has developed. Yet the LIFT Living Archive aims not to bury this illustrious past in boxes or databases for posterity, but to unearth fresh forms of thinking from what has gone before.

Those who visit LIFT Living Archive either in person or online are encouraged to make their own connections between the material, and map out their own paths through the archive for others to follow in their footsteps. Fostering a sense of community, investigation and adventure, the rich heritage preserved in LIFT Living Archive reveals new ways of looking at the future by examining the past.