RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 416/PRO/14
Extent130 lever arch files, 66 magazine files, 13 ring binders, 8 box files, 15 folders, 12 items
TitleEngland in Particular
DescriptionThe 'England in Particular' project grew out of Common Ground's 'Campaign for Local Distinctiveness' and was concerned with the creation of an encyclopedia of commonplace and vernacular culture. In 2002, Common Ground received a £80,000 grant from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to fund the project. The project was launched with a campaign in 2002 that encouraged people to contact Common Ground with their local knowledge. To publicise the campaign, Common Ground created the website '' with the help of the Countryside Agency. The finished book, entitled 'England in Particular: A celebration of the commonplace, the local, the vernacular and the distinctive', became the largest single publication produced by Common Ground. It was written by Angela King and Sue Clifford with assistance from Gail Vines, Darren Giddings, and Kate O'Farrell. Common Ground also received research support from the poet Katrina Porteous. David Holmes was the Illustration Art Director and was responsible for coordinating with illustrators and artists to source the artwork used in the book. The book was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2006.

Material in this section of the archive includes:

- briefs and reference material supplied to illustrators and artists;

- correspondence with illustrators and artists, including: Ivan Allen, Richard Allen, David Atkinson, Graham Baker Smith, Ian Beck, Peter Blake, Chloe Cheese, Matthew Cook, Chris Corr, Ken Cox, Andrew Davidson, Matthew Dennis, Alan Fletcher, David Gentleman, Micky Georgeson, Jonthan Gibbs, Darren Giddings, Clifford Harper, John Hinchcliffe, David Holmes, Francis Mosely, David Nash, Lucinda Rogers, and Steven Turner;

- copies of images produced for the book;

- book proofs;

- press releases and press clippings;

- research material, including information sent in by the public, mostly arranged alphabetically by subject. The research material mainly comprises scholarly articles, pamphlets, books, press clippings, leaflets, notes, photographs, and correspondence. The research material includes information on subjects that are not represented in the book.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsPlease note that access to some papers may be restricted subject to Data Protection legislation. Access may only be provided on a case-by-case basis and upon completion of a Data Protection form.
ArrangementThe files in this section of the archive were originally kept together by Common Ground; however, they have been rearranged into series to reflect the different activities within the project and to provide contextual information for users. The original order within each file has been preserved. Duplicates have been removed and disposed of wherever possible within these files, but three examples of each document have been retained.
Creator_NameCommon Ground; arts and environmental charity (1983-)
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