Reverberate funded grassroots organisations to run small, locally-based projects that enabled and empowered young people aged 11-25 to re-discover, re-imagine and re-create their local heritage through creativity, then share that vision with their communities.

Applications closed in September 2020 and we received 37 applications from youth organisations across the country. Our panel (including Young Producers) selected 14 projects who each received grants of up to £2,000, for their projects that explored the places, voices and activities that make the local heritage unique, engaging critically and creatively with the past to create a broader view of what heritage is and who owns it.

Find out more about what they all got up to below!

Young Artist Response Piece - Sara Heroua
Preston Project PDF cover

Step Your Way

Soul Rawkus – Young dancers from around Portsmouth explored  Portsmouth’s maritime heritage and the links between hornpipe steps and African style dance from the 1800s, and popular dance of the modern era. The dancers particularly enjoyed the experience of working to live music as well as an electronic remix.

Door 84 Through the Decades

Door 84 Youth & Community Centre have created a documentary based on the history of the Door 84 building and the people that have attended the youth services both past and present to celebrate the charity’s 50th Anniversary. We interviewed members of the Door 84 team and previous participants from the youth groups to uncover their experiences. Door 84 has also had help from a local community artist to create animations to go alongside the interview.

Cover of the Our Queer History Zine
Aerial photo of Littlemore Hospital

Faith In Queen's Park

During November and December 2020 some members from Fusion Youth choir which is part of Faith In Queen’s Park took part in a history project on zoom that explored the history of Bedford and the Caribbean people that have settled there. We had a variety of wonderful guests each ready to educate the group in their own way. From local folk singers to Caribbean nurses, to Keeper’s of history, to stories of the Windrush generation, and Caribbean folk songs and stories. It was an engaging way to learn about the history of our town and hear tales from the Caribbean first hand.

We celebrated the end of the project with a presentation night which is available to watch on Youtube. There are some wonderful moments in the video where the young people present their findings in their own unique way. Such as a beautiful dance by Meagan Chase in response to Jack Sharps session where he played us his musical interpretation of a Bedfordshire folk song called ‘Lacemaker’ and what fun we had at the end as we all learnt the fabulous Calypso song composed by the young group incorporating some of the facts they had learnt over the 6 weeks.

'Lace Maker'

An interpretation of Bedfordshire folk song ‘Lace Maker’. Music composition and vocals by Jack Sharp. Choreographed and performed by Meagan Chase.

Bedford's Caribbean Connections: Best Bits

The best bits from the Bedford’s Caribbean Connections heritage project. Delivered by Johanne Hudson-Lett and Just Purple Presents.

Band practising
SoCo group in the recording studio

Sounds Oft’Dales

Members of BlueBoxt Productions‘s Play>Record>Perform Project have been working on a creative heritage challenge. They have explored what is important about the people and places where they live and shared their discoveries about Wensleydale through Music, Spoken Word and Images. This is the first time creating new compositions, made more challenging because we have only been able to work remotely via Zoom. Find out more at and click on Play>Record>Perform.

From the Roots

Steaming Beats engaged young people from the local estates of Handsworth with music, photography, film and heritage. Provided with the tools to compose their own works. We zoomed for 8 sessions which on topics including music composition, heritage photography, and film workshops. Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 and Handsworth resident, let us take inspiration from modern-day and historical surroundings to create our own music.

Our video ‘Handsworth Song’ is a culmination of our sound bricks made on Bandlab, compiled by Xhosa Cole, with the accompanying photos that inspired the music.

Carefree project drawings hanging in a virtual gallery
Girl dancing in front of a windmill

Chit Chat Whit

Urban Wilderness – The Chit Chat Whit project enabled young people living in the shadow of an abandoned coal mine to explore what heritage means to them. Taking part in creative photography workshops in the nature reserve surrounding Chatterley Whitfield Colliery. We shared stories of ghosts, adventure and escape which was developed into an audio story and atmospheric slideshow. Taking part changed the way some of us felt about ourselves and where we live.

We are working with Sound Connections, one of our amazing consortium partners to deliver this programme.

Find out more about them on our Partners page

Sound Connections