Sound Vault

Sound Vault: creating podcasts and celebrating listening

Sound Vault is a community-driven podcast and online audio network on the Surrey/Hampshire border which I set up last year (2017), and created in partnership with Farnham Maltings.

It brings together a ‘sound collective’ of producers and volunteers.  It aims to craft a collection of shows by giving anyone the opportunity to pitch an idea.

Sound Vault works with anyone who is successful in pitching an idea for a show to help them produce and promote their podcast, obviously not just restricting it for the local audience.  We operate out of a small studio space based in the East Wing of Farnham Maltings.


Sound Vault’s output focuses on four main areas:

  • first-person storytelling and unheard voices;
  • specialist music;
  • sound design and soundscapes;
  • backstage work inspired by the venue that provides the project its home – Farnham Maltings.

In its first few months, shows produced by Sound Vault have included:-


  • An Audio Listener’s Guide to Adequate Hearing, combining surreal humour, ambient music, sound design, and a narration in the style of an early BBC Radio presenter, and created by Aldershot based UCA film production student, Tom Garrett;
  • Ex Hebridius is the result of an anxious, developing writer, Alasdair S. Goudie, attempting to process the tumultuous period of his recent life, including at university in Farnham, by fleeing back to the small Hebridean island he grew up on. Readings of his creative work, such as poetry, and reflections/commentary on the creative process;


  • Mixed Bag is a specialist soul, jazz and funk show, presented by Upper Hale based bricklayer Mark Sumner, who before joining Sound Vault to bring his vinyl collection to life online, had never used a computer;
  • MXCast is an audio diary of someone transitioning from female to non-binary gender status, focusing on UCA student, Katy Garnham;

  • Tale Waves is a storytelling podcast for younger children by popular Farnham writer, Gilly Stewart (above). who before embarking on this project had never used a computer;
  • The Particular features slices of personal oral history talking with people in their 60s, 70s, 80, and 90s, produced by me!;


  • Tracks with Chack is a short four-part history of rap, produced by Yateley sixth-form student, Michael Chacko (above left), who spent a week on work experience with the project in the summer. Michael is a former Member of the UK Youth Parliament;
  • World of Wonder is a show about politics and technology for children, created by 11 year old Noah Dann (above right) from Farnham. He is a pupil at All Hallows School.  The success of the first episode about Brexit saw Noah invited into the studios of Eagle Radio in Guildford, for an interview on Peter Gordon’s Breakfast Show

Sound Vault has so far seen collaborations with the University for the Creative Arts, the Museum of Farnham, and the Mayor of Yateley

As evidenced in podcasts created by people who have never previously used a computer, Sound Vault supports work on digital literacy in the local community.  It also champions the concept of cultural democracy, enabling people at the grassroots to create art and get creative by actually doing it, and the realm of sound should be no different.

Above all, Sound Vault thrives by bridging the generations in age, bringing together the young and old to help them tell their stories, and express themselves, and in the process, Sound Vault plays its part in creating ‘social glue’ that can help combat some of the loneliness identified by the Jo Cox Commission recently.

As well as making its own podcasts, Sound Vault celebrates wider listening on the radio and podcasts from the UK and around the World.  Look out for recommendations on their website, and via their social media feeds.

If you’ve got an idea for a show, or want to find out more about other ways you can get involved an be a part of the team, you can email us via

You can get more details on Sound Vault via our website

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We’d love to hear from you!

Sound Vault is a member of the Community Media Association.