“We give things to society
you can’t even put a price on”

Heart n Soul artist Tilley Milburn

What is The Big 30?

The Big 30 celebrates 30 years of Heart n Soul, a creative arts charity that believes in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities. As part of the celebrations we will be making The Big 30 Archive. To find out more keep reading or listen to our promo about the project below!


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 will each be telling their story looking at the significant impact they have had on the development of Heart n Soul.

What’s the aim of The Big 30?

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.

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 plan to share the archive as widely as possible:

  • The archive will be transformed into an installation for everyone to enjoy as part of a month long festival happening in Deptford in July. Visitors will be able to see and hear the stories and add their own memories to the collection. There will also be a range of events and performances taking place across Deptford.
  • 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.
  • The stories will also live here on The Big 30 website and will be featured on Heart n Soul Radio.

What will be happening at the festival?

As well as the installation, there will be a range of events and performances happening across Deptford throughout July. There will be talks, club nights, music performances and much more.

Save the date! Heart n Soul Past, Present and Future, Thursday 13 July @ The Albany, Deptford- celebrating 30 years of Heart n Soul music, more details coming soon.


How can I get involved?

The 30th story we would like to capture for the archive is YOURS, our audience! We want as many people as possible to share their memories of Heart n Soul, which will add to this rich archive. You can share your memories and experiences by sending us a photo, a video, a written message or giving us a call. 

You could also fundraise for us! Last year 10 people took part in the British 10k Run to raise money for Heart n Soul. As we are celebrating our 30th birthday, this year we would love 30 people to fundraise for us. It could be a run, a walk, a bike ride, a choir concert or something completely different... So please get in touch if you are interested!


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