Common Ground is a pilot project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
The project has created activity, memory and reminiscence resources for five East Midlands cities using the anecdotes and stories of local residents over the age of 65 with lived experience of each city.
Interviews were carried out over the phone and via Zoom over Autumn and Winter 2020/2021 by reminiscence artists Chris Boote, Karyn Stavert and Emma Wass. In addition to the one-to-one interviews, Chris Boote interviewed and delivered group sessions to older adults living in sheltered housing units and care homes. These sessions were based on the Common Ground Themes of ‘Growing Up’, ‘Domestic Life’, ‘Work and Industry’ and ‘Music and Nightlife’. The captured colloquialisms, common haunts, stories, and other key information has informed and personalised the content of each pack, making them more relevant to the care home residents of each city.
The cities we worked in were Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield. As well as the quotes and information provided by our contributors, the packs also include photographs and activities relevant to each city.