Common Ground

Discover, Define and Design Your Heritage

Header photo credit: Will Fielding

2021 has been a bit of a mad year, but at Common Ground we’ve stayed committed to making sure that 13-25-year olds across Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough have been able to access our opportunities no matter what’s been thrown at us!

See below for a summary of what we’ve achieved so far and visit our projects page to read about them in more detail.

2021 Summary

Get Started in Content Creation

During May, local young people from Peterborough took part in this course run by the Prince’s Trust to learn content creation skills. At Common Ground we collaborated with creatives aged 18-25 to design five social media challenges, which the Get Started group completed themselves, as well as creating their own challenges.

Photo credit: Chris Laing

#7DaysGrounded

Using the content made during Get Started, we ran a week of online challenges and activities on social media, provoking you to interact with the outdoors more creatively.

Common Ground at Peckover House

A group of young people set about making a virtual reality tour of the National Trust’s Peckover House, diving deep into the house’s history.

Photo credit: Egle Vasi

Common Ground at Roydon Common

We teamed up with Norfolk Wildlife Trust to put on a nature filmmaking course for 13-18-year olds at Roydon Common near King’s Lynn. View the film the young crew created on our blog page.

Common Ground at Ipswich Museum

Running now and into 2022, a group of young people will be creating a digital space by telling stories of Ipswich Museum and the surrounding area. There’s still time to join the project – sign up here!

Common Ground Leaders

Common Ground Leaders is a community of 18-25-year olds who are interested in learning more about the arts, heritage, creating, producing, and changing the world around them. They’ve got up to loads this year, including:

  • Attending masterclasses to learn sector-specific skills
  • Being commissioned for their own creative work
  • Creating an event at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2021
  • Curating an exhibition currently on display at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes

Read more here.

Photo credits: Top right and bottom right – Kerry Bensley

What’s next?

We’ve got plans to go even bigger and better in 2022. From putting on more fun projects at our partners’ sites to handing over more control to the Common Ground Leaders, we’re keen to get even more young people involved in what we do. Stay tuned by following us on Instagram.

If you’re a young person aged 13-25 and want to get involved, or know someone who would, fill out our sign-up form to hear about relevant opportunities near you.

To those who celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. See you in 2022!

The Common Ground Team


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