Working with young people

On Common Ground: Museums, heritage, culture — what's that all about?

The Museum worked with local communities on over fifty different projects as part of the On Common Ground programme.

We wanted to encourage people who wouldn’t normally visit the national museums to engage with heritage and culture. The programme, which started in 2002, helped develop skills, opportunities and experiences of culture for young people between the ages of 14 and 24 from deprived communities and / or those who face disadvantages in their lives in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Ceredigion, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Swansea.

All the groups participated in workshops with experienced artists to explore aspects of their cultural heritage and created high quality project work in the media of their choice — from animation to web design.

On Common Ground has provided opportunities and accreditation for young people, and has also shown that museums in the 21st century have something to offer to the whole community, irrespective of age, ability or cultural background.

This project has demonstrated the positive outcomes that can be achieved through long-term relationship-building with communities, and gives us a model for how we work with people and communities now.


  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.