Common Ground

Discover, Define and Design Your Heritage


Illustration by Tricia Mercer-David

Design by Aimee Hayward

Each issue’s content is curated around a theme selected by the Common Ground Leaders Programming Group. The Leaders are a community of 18 to 25 year-olds interested in arts and heritage who have been involved with guiding and designing Common Ground. The Programming Group are three Leaders who helped to plan and produce the Common Ground Symposium on the 25th November 2022.

The Group chose an umbrella theme of alternative ways of seeing heritage. Under this, they chose the 3 sub-themes of Non-traditional, Play and Access to help underpin the programming and content for the Common Ground Symposium. The Leaders feel that each theme helps to communicate important elements of Common Ground’s work and helps to frame the most successful ways of engaging young people.


Through collaborating with young people, creative practitioners, and project partners, Common Ground has established methods of helping to promote and protect heritage through new approaches to engagement. The project has embraced collaboration, community, and care, distancing from individualistic and conventional attitudes. Each project in this issue explores how non-traditional ways of experiencing and interacting with heritage can encourage young people to engage with it in new, exciting ways.

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