Common Ground

Young Leaders and Heritage in the East of England

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is delighted to have been awarded a development stage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to write the Common Ground proposal towards the submission of a stage 2 application for a full three year delivery project.

Common Ground is a highly ambitious programme which seeks to provide innovative ways for young people from backgrounds of low cultural engagement to lead and develop new and exciting ways for themselves and their peers to engage in their local heritage.

We are ambitious for the programme to be transformational: for young people, the sector and our organisation.
Common Ground also has a unique steering group of key stakeholders that will work to support the project and embed learning outcomes. This steering group includes the following organisations:

  • BCN Wildlife Trust
  • National Trust
  • East of England Consultancy Hub
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • Princes Trust
  • Share Museums East
  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust
  • Relevant Local Cultural Education Partnerships

As part of this exciting new project we are recruiting a Project Manager on a fixed term 7 month contract to oversee the development phase. Supporting this delivery programme is a regional strategic leadership consortium that will evaluate, influence and learn from the interventions. Our consortium partners include Share Museums East, the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts in the target areas, and the National Trust and other creative organisations and others that work with young people. The Prince’s Trust will underpin the programme with a tailored ‘Get Started Heritage’ programme and young people will be able to complete Arts Award at the appropriate level to certify their efforts.

For further information on the role, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website or contact