The Big 30

The Big 30: Our voice, Our way

It's our 30th birthday and to celebrate we are throwing the Big 30 Summer Takeover


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. The Archive is being shared through art installations and events, as well as our Big 30 website where you can find out all about the project. Click here to go there!


Who is involved?

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 will be 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:

* We are taking over Deptford with Big 30 art installations in seven different locations throughout July. Come and explore the history of Heart n Soul and add your own memories to the collection. 

* As well as art installations, we are telling the stories from the archive through music concerts and club nights as part of our Big 30 Summer Takeover.

* The whole archive will be permanently added to the London Metropolitan Archives so everyone can learn more about this rich and diverse culture. Part of the archive will also be displayed at Lewisham Library and Goldsmiths, University of London.

* The stories will also live on The Big 30 website and will be featured on Heart n Soul Radio.


How can I get involved?

The 30th story we would like to capture for the archive is yours, our audience! You can share your memories and experiences by sending us a photo, a video, a written message or giving us a call.

Support The Big 30 project by donating to our Just Giving page here.

Visit our Big 30 website here.

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

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