Find your voice | Oxfordshire County Council

Find your voice

Find your voice - an arts and democracy project led and hosted by Oxfordshire Libraries in 2015

Find you voice

In the second half of 2015, over 500 young people from across Oxfordshire took part in workshops held in their local libraries. They worked with a wide range of artists to write songs and poems, make films, and create art installations and performances. The project set out to help them value their own opinions of the world around them, and to increase their awareness of their democratic rights.

Find Your Voice was a collaboration between Oxfordshire County Council Library Service, the Houses of Parliament, arts and cultural organisations, artists and young people and was inspired by the theme of Magna Carta and De Montfort Parliament anniversaries and the commemoration of the origins of justice and democracy. The project was fully funded by Arts Council England, in partnership with the Houses of Parliament and Magna Carta Trust.

Find Your Voice Anthology

In this book, young people shout, sing and write about they come from, where they want to go and what they want to change. We were overwhelmed by the insight and knowledge, the skill of the phrasing, the impact if the performances and creativity of young people of all backgrounds who have found their voice and need to be listened by those old enough to know better.

The Find Your Voice Anthology is available to borrow in our libraries.

Project guide: 'An arts-based project and guide for libraries to give young people a voice in society'

This guide describes the experience of delivering the Find Your Voice project in libraries and includes recommendations and practical activities for you to try if you would like to run a similar project where you are.

Download the guide (pdf format, 3.6Mb)

See the accompanying videos


More information

For more information about the project please contact


Last reviewed
20 October 2017
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