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Reverberate Projects Announced

From a song writing project exploring the lost stories of Sunderland women and a short film charting the 100 year history of a Nottingham Windmill, to an exploration of the musical heritage of Brick Lane, an online exhibition of Queer history in Brighton, and a research project examining the story of a mental health facility in Oxfordshire. These are just some of the fourteen, youth led heritage projects to take place before the end of 2020 thanks to Reverberate, a new initiative by English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud youth engagement programme delivered in partnership with Sound Connections.

14 grassroots youth organisations from Lancashire, Hampshire, Birmingham, Tower Hamlets, North Yorkshire, Cornwall, Bedfordshire, the West Midlands, Brighton & Hove, Oxfordshire, Nottingham and Sunderland will be supported with grants of up to £2,000 to enable young people to produce creative responses to hidden histories in their area, with all projects delivered in a way which respects restrictions in place due to COVID-19 and by the end of 2020.

Reverberate is providing support for organisations around the country to enable young people (aged 11-25) to explore their heritage through locally-based projects. The programme will enable projects that re-discover, re-imagine and re-create local heritage through creativity, and share their vision with their communities.

Dominique Bouchard, Head of Learning and Interpretation at English Heritage, said: 

“Grassroots organisations are the life blood of communities, and never more than when they are raising interest and awareness of local heritage. It’s easy to assume that because a particular story isn’t well-known that it doesn’t have the same significance as those which are more readily part of our national narrative. By opening up these powerful untold stories to a wider audience, we can learn more about our communities and ourselves and discover exciting new perspectives on the past.”

Jennifer Raven, Deputy Director at Sound Connections, said:

“Sound Connections is delighted to be working in partnership with English Heritage to deliver Reverberate. At a time when many arts organisations are struggling, it is important to us that funding is being made available for projects that can be delivered in a COVID-secure way. At its very heart, Reverberate is about youth voice: it’s about young people shining a light on the history and heritage that is important to them and telling stories on their terms. The organisations selected have presented a hugely inspiring mix of ideas that all give young people a creative platform to explore stories that matter to them. We can’t wait to see and hear the results!”


A full list of all projects and organisations supported as part of the programme includes:

  • The Preston Project, Blaze Arts – An interactive public project exploring the hidden stories of Preston
  • Sounds Oft’Dales, BlueBoxt Productions – A multi art-form project to identify and represent the importance of the Yorkshire Dales and its people
  • Maps That Matter, Carefree Cornwall and the Cornwall Museums Partnership – A project enabling Cornish young people to design and create their own personal maps to help the adults in their lives better understand what’s important to them
  • Door 84 Through the Decades, Door 84 Youth & Community Centre – A film and history project exploring Door 84’s diverse past and present
  • Bedford’s Caribbean Connection, Faith in Queen’s Park – A project to discover the Caribbean Connections in and around Bedford through first-hand accounts
  • Steaming Beats, From the Roots – A project helping young people communicate their experiences growing up on estates in Handsworth in the West Midlands through music, photography and film-making
  • Brick Lane and Bengal: musical roots in East London, Grand Union Music Theatre – A project enabling young musicians to explore the musical traditions, heritage and cultures of East London
  • The Revolutionaries of Littlemore Hospital, My Life My Choice – A research project enabling young people to examine the history of the Littlemore Hospital mental health facility and reimagine, reshape and reclaim that history
  • Our Mill On The Hill, Next Door Dance – A short film project based around the history of Nottingham’s 100 year old Greens Windmill
  • Our Queer History, Queer History South – An online exhibition project led by young LGBTQ+ people in Brighton & Hove
  • New Beginnings, SoCo Music Project – A project bringing to life forgotten stories from the Southampton Black History audio archive
  • Step Your Way, Soul Rawkus – A creative exploration of Portsmouth’s maritime heritage, examining the connection between popular dance steps of the 1800s and Street Dance styles of today
  • Chit Chat Whit, Urban Wilderness – A project enabling young people living in the shadow of an abandoned coal mine to discover what heritage means to them
  • Lyrics and Lasses, We Make Culture – A song-writing project, rediscovering and amplifying women’s voices from Sunderland’s past

Reverberate is part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme. Shout Out Loud is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick The Dust programme.


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