The MAT is leading on a European project funded through Creative Europe called Common Cultural Connections (CCC's). Working with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and the University of Cantabria in Spain. The project has used an innovative mobile exhibition to achieve its aim of enhancing understanding of our shared cultural heritage and has reached new audiences through the variety of venues visited improving access to cultural heritage. This has provided greater opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to become involved, learning about their heritage and encouraging a sense of place and belonging through an understanding of our shared past. The mobile exhibition was delivered through the MAT's Discovery Bus .
The project focused on an under-represented aspect of our shared heritage: archaeological evidence from coastal and marine sites. Our coastlines and waters are rich in sites of national and international interest, from unique submerged landscapes providing evidence from a time when the UK and Europe were linked, to shipwrecks, harbours and ports containing evidence of trade and networks between the partner countries. Due to their nature, however, such sites can often be overlooked as 'out of sight, out of mind'. The project has worked to raise the profile of this unique and finite resource, encouraging people to become involved in their cultural heritage.