The Big 30

The Big 30: Our voice, Our way

Heart n Soul is 30 years old and we're marking it with something special...

What is The Big 30?

The Big 30 celebrates 30 years of Heart n Soul. As part of the celebrations we have created The Big 30 Archive. A collection of portraits and interviews with 30 people and groups made up of Heart n Soul artists, staff, volunteers and participants with and without learning disabilities. They represent all the different parts of Heart n Soul which make us who we are today. They have each told their story and The Big 30 Archive looks at the significant impact they have had on the development of Heart n Soul.


What’s the aim of The Big 30 Archive?

It is the first of its kind where people with learning disabilities tell their own stories in their own words, creating a unique archive of learning disability culture. It will look at the ways people with and without learning disabilities have collaborated together and it's importance to the way we work. The archive will also help to build a wider picture of individual experiences, diverse communities and the impact of on-going social change in South East London. 


How will we share the archive?

We want to share the archive as widely as possible. You can interact with The Big 30 Archive in a number of ways:

* Portraits and clips of all the interviews from The Big 30 Archive can be seen and heard on The Big 30 website here.

* Throughout summer and autumn 2017 we displayed parts of the archive around our local neighbourhoods of Deptford and Lewisham.

* We also shared The Big 30 stories through music concerts and club nights where our artists, DJs and the Heart n Soul Choir performed. Find out about The Big 30 events that happened here!

* The whole archive will be permanently added to the London Metropolitan Archives so everyone can learn more about this rich and diverse culture. 


Support The Big 30 project...

We want to share The Big 30 Archive with as many people as possible! You can support The Big 30 project by donating to our JustGiving page.


For more information:

Visit our Big 30 website here.


Phone: 020 8694 1632
Twitter: @HeartnSoulArt
Facebook: @HeartnSoulArt

The Big 30 Archive is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.