Digging Caerau Project

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of History, Archaeology & Religion

Abstract

Digging Caerau Will involve community participants in a major research excavation at Caerau Iron Age hillfort to uncover further details about the site's fascinating prehistoric past that were so tantalisingly suggested by exploratory excavations and geophysical surveys in phase 1 of the project.

Caerau hillfort is one of the largest and most impressive in south-east Wales, inside of which was constructed a medieval ringwork and medieval church and graveyard with early-modern and modern graves. Debate about the role and function of hillforts is at the centre of Iron Age research in Britain. However, the history of academic interests over the last 100 years has led to the lack of a uniform level of regional knowledge, which has seriously distorted understanding of hillforts and of the period. In particular, there has been a paucity of excavation and research of hillforts in southeast Wales. Glamorgan has been the subject of a survey by the RCAHMW (1976), but it is one thing to be able to locate hillforts and describe their morphology, yet quite another to fix their construction, development and occupation through time. Too few have been excavated to support a credible picture or chronology for the region (only 23 of 130 sites have received any investigation through excavation). Therefore, there is a pressing need to challenge the weak chronological framework and the received wisdom of a dearth of material culture from hillforts in southeast Wales. Caerau hillfort therefore provides an opportunity to explore these issues through co-produced research with the community. Caerau hillfort is one of the largest multivallate hillforts in South Wales, but before Phase 1 it had never been subject to archaeological investigation. This research will therefore further contextualise the character of activity within the interior of the hillfort. Unfortunately, investigation of the site is challenging since the whole area is a focus for a range of anti-social behaviour including burning events, graffiti and vandalism. The CAER Heritage Project's research objective is to help the people of Caerau and Ely to connect with this site's fascinating the past and make it relevant to the present, engendering the heritage of the district with greater value for contemporary communities in relation to identity and aspirational opportunity.

Building on existing partnerships and trust, local community members, schools and academic researchers will work together to provide a cutting edge interpretation of the site which will not only enhance research knowledge but will also inform an innovative experimental heritage reconstruction of Iron Age Life at St Fagans National History Museum just over a mile away - providing a remarkable project legacy. As in phase 1 of the project, community participants will be involved in co-production of research activities and interpretations with university academics - creating educational opportunities, learning skills, building confidence, confronting stigmas and challenging the aspirational poverty which blights so many families within these communities. The project constitutes a journey which will see community participants and researchers 'deconstructing' a decommissioned reconstructed Iron-Age village at St Fagans National Museum of Wales - then taking the skills and team spirit forged in that process to explore an authentic and un-researched Iron-Age archaeological site at the heart of their communities - then finally they will use the knowledge and skills that they have uncovered to inform and undertake the construction of a new experimental reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement at St Fagans. Through these initiatives Digging Caerau will forge a much closer relationship between the Caerau and Ely communities and the National Museum and University on their doorstep. This will be further cemented by the expansion of the heritage trail proposed by the HEART of Cardiff Follow Up funding bid.

Planned Impact

In the Iron Age the people of Caerau expressed their identity and confidence in the landscape through monumental earthworks. Today, however, Caerau and Ely are areas of significant social and economic deprivation and marginalisation. The archaeological excavation at the heart of the Digging Caerau project therefore provides a potent physical metaphor for digging down into the heart of the community to acquire both knowledge and a re-energized sense of confidence and identity founded upon a distinct and unique past. Recognition, both internal and external, of this vibrant heritage will help to address anti-social behaviour on Caerau hill and improve the presentation of the hillfort and surrounding area creating a valuable resource for leisure and learning activities.
Through co-production of research with academic partners and heritage experts, the project aims to engage with a wide range of people from the local communities. It will raise local aspirations, nurturing a more positive sense of place while challenging externally held negative attitudes towards Caerau and Ely and its communities. Digging Caerau will thereby facilitate a powerful connection between local people and the value of their heritage through the physical and intellectual exploration of the archaeology of their community. A range of informal and formal educational activities providing skills and challenging aspirational poverty will be delivered and developed through the process of co-produced archaeological research. This research will inform both academic & heritage interpretations of this largely unresearched site expressed through educational progression, heritage themed creative art and a legacy of a heritage infrastructure including: a reconstructed Iron Age village and a heritage trail in conjunction with the HEART of Cardiff project (submitted separately). All of these will involve community members as active participants, contributors and beneficiaries.
Particular benefits will include:
1. Opportunities for training/educational development for young people & adults inculcating a wide range of skills (communication, team building, numeracy, articulacy) through co-production of research & heritage interpretation & reproduction.
2. To undertake a program of co-produced research with local schools embedding the CAER heritage project & Digging Caerau into participating school curriculums (e.g. Phase 1 CAER heritage Churchyard Detectives project was embedded into Glyn Derw Year 7 integrated literacy curriculum).
3. To create lasting, positive & meaningful links between schools, community organisations & Cardiff University through the process of co-production.
4. In conjunction with the HEART of Cardiff Project, to provide a range of archaeological activities including co-produced research to engage local people, especially young people facing exclusion inculcating new skills and improving confidence and esteem.
5. To challenge aspirational poverty & break down barriers to education through a range of educational opportunities both formal and informal relating to the co-production of research.
6. To create lasting positive & meaningful links between Caerau and Ely communities & the heritage sector in Cardiff, particularly St Fagans National History Museum.
7. To create a lasting infrastructure of heritage resources, co-created by local people, which bring heritage sector expertise & sustained positive contact into the Caerau & Ely communities.
8. To provide opportunities for members of the local community of all ages to work together on a co-produced research project & to develop their own sustainable heritage projects.
9. To promote the skills, value & vibrancy of the communities of Caerau & Ely, generating confidence & showcasing the talent within them to external audiences through the Digging Caerau & HEART of Cardiff projects.

Publications

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Title A Pig in a Posthole 
Description An artistic intervention, led by Project artist Paul Evans, which took place during the 2013 Digging Caerau excavation. Themed on an idea of making sacrificial pigs based on the ancient practice of placing animal bones in the post-holes of Iron Age round houses - similar to the dwellings that once stood within Caerau's ramparts. A mysterious practice that might possibly have conferred good fortune upon the house, or it might have appeased any lurking evil spirits in the area - thus preventing them from causing trouble to your family or your neighbours. Participants at the Iron Age BBQ open day were provided with photographs of 'Iron Age' pigs to base their models on - although these 'Iron Age' pigs are actually 'reconstructed animals', bred by crossing a domestic pig with a hairy wild boar. Models were then placed into recently excavated Iron Age post holes and photographed to form a temporary art installation. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This co-created art installation made an excellent and engaging activity to talk to visitors to the open day about Iron-Age archaeology and invest them in the site through a creative output. Around 30 individuals, mostly local young people helped to co-create. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Title Accessible Iron Age Puppet Film Tour co-created with local charity Cardiff People First 
Description Film designed, scripted and co-produced with people with learning disabilities from charity Cardiff People First and film maker Viv Thomas, puppets co-produced with the CAER Studio team. The film provides an accessible Iron Age Puppet tour of Caerau Hillfort for visitors who cannot currently access the monument. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The projected cemented partnerships with Cardiff People First who will be embedded in the activity plan for CAER's HLF Hidden Hillfort Project. The film also contributed ideas and co-production strategies that were incorporated into the successful HLF grant application. The film provides an engaging resource for visitors and others who are interested in the archaeology of Caerau going forward. 
URL https://vimeo.com/312672528?ref=em-share
 
Title Alanah's Dig 
Description In summer 2016 the CAER team undertook a small-scale excavation of a deserted medieval village in Ely as part of the CAER Model Village project. Local cameraman Vivian Thomas recorded much of the excavation on video. This included the experience of Alanah Evans, a 6th form pupil from the local secondary school (Michaelston Community College). Alanah undertook a placement on the dig over a 2 week period and Vivian later collaborated with her to produce an inspiring short film in which she talks about her experiences while digging and how it has shaped what she'd like to do next with her life. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Alanah Evans went on to apply to take a degree in Ancient History and archaeology at Cardiff University, she lives on the Ely estate and none of her family have ever progressed into a higher education context. David Wyatt wrote supporting reference for her UCAS application, she has since been conditionally offered a degree place. This film was screened at the launch of the new Cardiff West Community School in Ely at the request of the Headmaster Dr Martin Hulland. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AmLw3kEuCQ
 
Title Banner Bright Procession ad Exhibition 
Description Organised by academic and community partners in two Connected Communities projects (Representing Communities and the CAER Heritage Project AH/K007726/1 & AH/K007629/1). The CAER element consisted of the co-creation of two community banners by year 7 pupils from Glyn Derw High and retired community members from Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and project artist Paul Evans. Once created the banners were marched down the embankment of the Taff with street dance performance from pupils of Michaelston Community College who had undertaken dance workshops to train for this performance. The procession also showcased banners made by pupils from Merthyr Tydfil who also took part in the procession. The procession ended in a public performance of song and dance by both sets of pupils at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay to celebrate the history, identity and future imaginings of the people living in these places. This event was attended by the Healthy, wealthy and Wise group from Caerau and Ely. The banners were subsequently exhibited in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay along with the By'ere Tapestry - an embroidery created by members of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise which features important places in the history of Caerau and Ely and which took 7 years to construct. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Banner Bright provided an opportunity to showcase the ways in which communities have used and are currently using banners, as well as other forms of artistic expression, to speak to people in power. It represents the CAER project's objectives in relation to valuing community identity, talent, heritage and co-production strategies; bringing together inter-generational groups in a celebration of their communities on a very public stage. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/apps/feed#!/media/set/?set=a.714880425225276.1073741889.340199539360035&typ...
 
Title CAER BC Youtube Channel 
Description As part of CAER Studio CAER fim-maker/ volunteer created a CAER Youtube channel which will host and showcase short online films about the project's research and activities. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The Youtube channel which will host and showcase short online films about the project's research and activities going forward as part of the HLF Funded Hidden Hillfort Project. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyMkWA1VAprve4xOyHXtow
 
Title CAER Community Film 
Description During the 2013 Digging Caerau excavations, an unemployed local filmmaker, Viv Thomas, filmed every aspect of this community dig and interviewed many participants and visitors. Viv has many hours of footage and he employed just a fraction of this to produce this film which provides a community perpective of the excavation. The film also features a beautiful wooden carving of the CAER logo created by his friend Steve. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Viv's films have been immensely useful for providing community perspectives on the CAER excavation and broader activities in terms of evaluation and of raising the profile of the project. We subsequently screened this film to local people at the Friends of Caerau Christmas party in December 2013 and have also used it when presenting on the project at academic conferences (e.g. Engage 2013). 
URL http://vimeo.com/78131971
 
Title CAER HEDZ Animated Film 
Description Community volunteers and local school pupils actively participating in 2015 archaeological excavation creatively expressed their discovery of the Iron Age past through the clay modelling of Celtic heads at the excavation site. An on-site animation workshop followed with participants involved in the process of working with the heads to create lip-synched animations. The heads were then photographed and digitised for studio development into a professional quality animation. Local resident and filmmaker, Viv Thomas, undertook audio and filmed interviews over the course of the excavation inviting local participants to express their feelings and experiences about the Caerau site including their involvement in archaeological research and discovery. Broader stories about the area's heritage were collected from local residents of all ages through community group networks. Both of these processes were facilitated by a local co-ordinator working with community development organisation Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE). The audio from these interviews was then used to further animate the modelled CAER-HEDZ into a 'talking heads' short studio animation film release in September 2015. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The film showcased innovative and critically reflective research co-production perspectives and practices thereby enhancing the ongoing initiatives of CAER and reflecting the Connected Communities Programme core principles. It provided opportunities for training/educational development and progression for 16 young people from Michaelston Community College and 12 adult participants inculcating a range of skills including media and film production as well as archaeological skills. The digitally produced animation provides a clear voice for local participants showcasing the talent and heritage of Caerau and Ely, the film was widely publicised in the Welsh media including coverage by BBC Wales. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfDmONyfifM
 
Title CAER Model Village 
Description The Model Village project transformed participants into both historical and archaeological co-researchers and also into co-producers and co-directors of a remarkable animated film that explores the value of community heritage assets through a temporal perspective of past, present and future. Community participants worked alongside academics, heritage professionals, an artist and an animated filmmaker to explore key eras of human settlement in Caerau and Ely, medieval and modern. The project involved participants including young people in an archaeological excavation, a historical research project and a creative animated film. Full report submitted in September 2016. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The Model Village worked in close collaboration with CAER's Dusty's First World War Project which further developed the Model Village's research findings from the Glamorgan Archive and supplemented them with oral histories in November 2016 leading to a community co-produced exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum launching on 5th December 2016. The involvement of two young people facing exclusion from the CAER Young People Opportunity project has subsequently resulted in one of those young people (Jake) securing a work placement at the Glamorgan Archive. Overall, the co-production strategies and research developed by the Model Village Project have significantly informed a much larger grant application The Hidden Hillfort Project which was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the CAER team in September 2016 (£ 986,200.00). Blog posts: https://caerheritageproject.com/2016/07/29/dustys-first-world-war/ https://caerheritageproject.com/2016/07/21/the-model-village-part-1/ https://caerheritageproject.com/2016/08/08/the-model-village-part-2/ The Model Village film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMdZ1jLyzw&feature=yout 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMdZ1jLyzw&feature=youtu.be
 
Title CAER Studio Art Prize for Cardiff West Community High 
Description On Friday 7th September CAER Studio artists Paul Evans and Nicola Parsons, along with CAER Heritage director Dave Wyatt, presented the CAER Studio Art Prize awards to students from Cardiff West Community High School at the morning assembly. 12 young people from years 8, 9 and 10 have worked with CAER Studio's Nicola Parsons and Kimberley Jones from ACE (Action for Caerau and Ely) to create art based on the heritage of Caerau and Ely. All of the young artists have been highly commended on the excellence of their work - which varied from highly detailed drawings to 3D dioramas! All of the participants received a prize-winners certificate and professional quality sketch book. The top prize winners also received box-sets of professional quality artist's materials from Jacksons Art in London. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact All of the work produced for the CAER Studio Art Prize was displayed at special pop-up exhibition during the Youth Voice event at St Fagans National Museum of History | National Museum Wales on Saturday 27th October to hundreds of visitors. Prize Winner Eve was commended by Rt Hon Lord Daffyd Elis-Thomas AM, Welsh Minister for Culture. The Arts prize further cemented partnerships with Cardiff West Community High and artworks created will be displayed in the HLF Hidden Hillfort Centre once it is constructed. 
URL https://caerstudio.com/2018/09/15/caer-art-prize-award-presentation/
 
Title CAER Studio Christmas Exhibition/Stall City of Cardiff Christmas Market 
Description On 20th November the CAER Studio Christmas Market Stall opened to the public - this constituted an exhibition and a social enterprise pilot. On sale was our full range of CAER Studio products - brainstormed, designed and developed over the course of the year. This included our artists commissions: charming soft axes by Becci Booker, powerful ceramic pieces by Imogen Higgins and Dylan Sutton and the beautiful 'Iron Age Weave' by Nicola Parsons. Also on sale were a fantastic selection of lino-cut prints created by local people during our workshop with guest artist John Abell, 'Iron Age' finger puppets, terracotta 'Roundhouses for Bees and Bugs' by Dylan Sutton, and some charming little 'Roundhouse Tea Lights'. Along with CAER Studio artists the stall was manned by ACE staff, Cardiff University historians and community/university volunteers who gave out FREE copies of our special publication CAER Times - and engaged visitors in lively discussions about the amazingly rich archaeological and historical heritage of Caerau and Ely. 250 people visited the stall over 5 days to learn about the project and buy products. The stall was open for 5 days and during that time we had an astonishing response - over 230 people visited and we sold over £130 worth of stock! 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The stall showcased CAER Studio and CAER Heritage to significant new audiences in Cardiff City Centre promoting the talent and heritage of Caerau and Ely to hundreds of new vistitors. It piloted new strategies for developing heritage themed social enterprise that will be developed through the £200k Moondance Foundation Grant going over 2019-2022.A joint stall is already planned for the market in 2019 working in partnership with Cardiff University's Community Gateway Project. 
URL https://caerstudio.com/2018/12/04/caer-studio-november-review/
 
Title CAER Studio development of a series of 10 creatively co-produced art objects and craft items derived from 6 artists commissions inspired by the history and heritage of the community of Caerau and Ely in South West Cardiff. 
Description CAER Studio has instigated an artistic collective of 6 local artists, a film maker and creative volunteers who have created a portfolio of sale-able products and artwork including: soft play Neolithic Axe (local artist Becci Holmes), ceramics modelled on Bronze Age Axe heads (Imogen Higgins), ceramic Iron Age roundhouse bee/bird houses and a triptych (Dylan Sutton), Iron-Age Themed textiles (Nicola Parsons), poster art by Charlotte Taylor and prints, key-rings, puppets and ceramic jewelry made by community participants. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The development of heritage art based social enterprise that has informed successful grant capture that will, in turn, sustain and develop these initiatives through community partner Action in Caerau and Ely (HLF £829k, Moondance Foundation £200k). The development of new networks and partnerships between local artists and development workers which will also be sustained through these grants. The generation of income for ACE and local artists through sale of products. 
URL https://caerstudio.com/blog/
 
Title CAER Times one-off broadsheet newspaper 
Description CAER Times was a one off accessible broadsheet newspaper showcasing the art and talent of local artists on the CAER Studio project as well as information research and images about CAER Heritage research and project initiatives. The newspaper was co-produced by local artists and creative people with Cardiff's Centre for Community Journalism. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 10,000 copies of CAER Times were printed - almost 5000 of these have been distributed to local homes and via local schools promoting project activities and understanding of heritage and CAER research to people in Caerau and Ely on a scale not previously possible. 
URL https://caerheritageprojectdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/caer-times-newspaper.pdf
 
Title Co-produced permanent art installation at new build Cardiff West Community High School themed on heritage of Caerau and Ely 
Description Working with mosaic artist Andrew Heath and CAER Studio artists Becci Booker and Imogen Higgins and Paul Evans, 60 pupils from Hywel Dda, Trelai, Pencaerau and Millbank primary schools - along with two groups of young people from Cardiff West Community High school (CWCH) - created individual mosaics at CWCH on Michaelston Road over three days in November 2018. The mosaics are all informed by a personal understanding of heritage - some of the young people decided to use the examples of Iron Age art that they were provided with as inspiration, some chose to draw on personal memories and references including family heirlooms and figures from the past. The outline of Caerau hillfort is represented as a negative space in the centre of the arrangement, the choice of mosaic as a medium is informed by the fact that a Roman villa lies beneath Trelai Fields, overlooked by the new school. This visually stunning installation represents not only the 60 young artists who took part (many of whom will be heading to the new school when it opens) but the community as a whole and the exemplary partnership working that has led to the creation of this extraordinary building. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Dr Martin Hulland, Head Teacher, Cardiff West Community High Stated: 'The involvement of 60 students from Cardiff West Community High School and pupils from four partner primary schools supported the transition to their new school site and created a sense of ownership and pride - instantly connecting the new school to the area's rich heritage. Both the heritage themed art installation and the CAER Studio art prize initiatives further cemented CAER Heritage's partnership with Cardiff West Community High school and directly contributed to the embedding of the project in curriculum design and also physically within the new build school with a CAER Heritage suite. Furthermore, the CAER Studio art prize and the co-production of the heritage themed art installation accomplished a significant amount in terms of engaging pupils with ideas around heritage, history and legacy. Students demonstrated an understanding of what heritage means and were able to relate this to their own lives and learn about local history, specifically Caerau hillfort. 
URL https://caerstudio.com/2019/02/21/the-caer-mosaics-at-cardiff-west-community-high-school/
 
Title DNA Cymru 
Description TV production company Greenbay produced a 4 hour TV series for S4C exploring origins in Wales employing DNA analysis. Myself and the CAER team have been working with them on this, community members and Caer project participants from Caerau and Ely were tested and featured in the final episode of the series. Greenbay filmed a geophysical survey of the medieval ringwork (2015) and filmed extensively at the 2015 excavations at the hillfort. This episode was broadcast on S4C in January 2016. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact CAER Heritage featured prominently in 2 episodes of this Welsh language TV series which presented a very positive perspective of the site, the project and the local communities to Welsh speaking audiences across Wales and internationally. 
URL http://www.s4c.cymru/cymrudnawales/e_index.shtml
 
Title Digging Communities: 4 co-produced films. 
Description During the 2013 Digging Caerau excavations, an unemployed local filmmaker, Viv Thomas, filmed every aspect of this community dig and interviewed many participants and visitors. Viv collected many hours of footage and, together with the CAER Project team, he established a collaborative collective involving a local school, Michaelston College, and local production company LightTrap Films to edit this extensive footage. In the Spring 2014 this collective co-produced and screened a series of four interlinked 'viral' short films with pupils from the college and 5 local residents. These films present a range of creative interpretations of Viv's extensive footage from different perspectives. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Once produced, this series of four interlinked shorts, entitled collectively as Caeraustock, were screened simultaneously during the Connected Communities Festival to widely diverse audiences across three locations: within Caerau hillfort, at St Fagans National History Museum and at the Conference Centre. The film production and screening will thereby link these locations and their audiences, providing a powerful example of CAER project themes co-production, valuing community heritage and presenting the communities of Caerau and Ely in a positive light. The films were screened once again a few weeks later during the Big Lunch open day event at the Digging Caerau 2 excavations. They have subsuquently been uploaded onto a CAER TV channel on Youtube for all to view. 
URL http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyMkWA1VAprve4xOyHXtow
 
Title Dusty's World War One Exhibition 
Description A temporary co-produced museum exhibition including co-produced art installations exhibited at Cardiff Story Museum December 2016 - February 2017. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The exhibition has attracted 3,532 visitors. Through the exhibition, Cardiff residents and visitors to the city experience the positive, vibrant history of Ely and Caerau, thus tackling ill-founded stereotypes and the external stigmas about the area. This project worked with elderly residents, valuing their knowledge and expertise, developing social networks, addressing isolation and nurturing intergenerational contact with young people. 30 year 9 school pupils gained opportunities for educational development and new skills including communication, team building, numeracy and literacy. 20 people were interviewed by the children for the exhibition and mural. As the school involved has a low take-up to University, breaking down barriers to HE was a significant objective, with pupils working alongside academics and postgraduates. One sixth-former who participated is now considering studying history at university. A further 60 people contributed to the project, by sharing memories at a range of local events in collaboration with community development partner ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely). Participants got a greater understanding not only of their WW1 heritage, but of the houses and streets in which they live. The project reinforced the University's commitment to the co-production of knowledge with local communities. It facilitated strong partnerships with local community groups and non-HE partners. Follow on projects are now planned to explore local place names and the project has also informed aspects of a recently secured large Heritage Lottery Grant to explore the area's rich archaeology and heritage. One of the schoolchildren involved said: " it was interesting to see what happened and what Ely was like back thenit was a fun experience, especially at the Glamorgan Archives and interviewing people who have lived in Ely for many yearsI loved hearing older people's stories about what they experienced in the past and seeing how different it was to my own life in Ely now." One of the hardest to reach pupils - who was at risk of exclusion from school - said in his feedback that the project had helped him understand how important school is, helped his learning in school, helped improve his confidence and social skills and that he learnt new skills on the trip. After a visit to the Glamorgan Archives, in his words, he said 'It was sick. I want to go here again.' He has since undertaken work experience at the Archives. The project has been submitted for consideration to the Guardian Higher Education Awards - Social and Community Impact category' Please see attached link report below and various entries detailing impacts on the CAER Heritage blog page: https://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/ 
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/534204-exhibition-explores-ww1-origins-of-ely
 
Title Hidden Histories of Ely and Caerau - temporary exhibition Cardiff Story Museum and accredited adult learners course 
Description In collaboration with CAER Heritage, a recent six-week course, Hidden Histories of Caerau and Ely was established by Cardiff University's innovative Live Local Learn Local programme which delivers free accredited courses in communities facing social and economic challenges. CAER Heritage have embedded a whole range of these courses into our activities over the past 5 years, including archaeological field work, post excavation analysis and exploring the modern history of the area. This course was taken up enthusiastically by five members of the community along with several participants from further afield too, opening up new friendships and networks. They all had a rare opportunity to visit the vaults of the National Museum of Wales guided by Evan, the senior curator of archaeology at the Museum, and to get valuable training in designing and executing museum exhibitions with Jordan, the learning and outreach officer at The Cardiff Story Museum. The participants chose a selection of exciting artefacts that have been found in Caerau and Ely, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, each one sparking something in their imagination.The opportunities to visit the vaults of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, meet with heritage professionals and Cardiff University academics and to receive bespoke training in designing exhibitions at The Cardiff Story Museum were particular highlights. Many participants were already interested in history in general: one was experienced in research but had never looked at artefacts in detail before, preferring to visit sites - he was excited to rise to the challenge of researching materials and the use of individual artefacts. Another, who was already interested in the Middle Ages chose the bridle boss because it was such a decorative, tactile piece, and it fascinated her. Other participants merged their hobbies with their research: one chose the Roman mortarium sherd - described as a kind of Roman food processor - because of her love of cookery. Finding an everyday kitchen object from the Roman Villa in Ely, where she used to play as a child, really inspired her. As with all previous CAER Heritage Live Local Learn Local courses, through their efforts the participants not only learned new skills they also created new knowledge. Their research on the objects and their respective time periods was featured in a week-long exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum over the October half-term 2018. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The exhibition at the Cardiff Story was viewed by 1,500 visitors in a week promoting both the heritage of Caerau and Ely and the talent of local people to new audiences and challenging stigmas. 4 participants have been involved in co-production workshops for the Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre and remain engaged with the CAER Heritage project as volunteers. Participants have also commented on the positive impact of the course and exhibition for developing new skills, expanding social networks and improving health and well being. Partnerships and strategies piloted for this exhibition will be further developed over the course of the HLF Hidden Hillfort project. The exhibition received positive news coverage in the regional media. 
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1340114-hidden-histories-of-caerau-and-ely
 
Title Large-scale projection event Cardiff City Centre 
Description To showcase the talent and creativity of local artists and the heritage of Caerau and Ely we staged a large scale projection event - projecting images, films and artwork relating to CAER Studio outputs and CAER Heritage research onto the side of the Cardiff Story Museum on 6th December 2018. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This event brought the heritage and talent of Caerau and Ely into the heart of Cardiff City - unveiling a positive story for these communities and reaching new audiences. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/CAERHeritageProject/videos/711289072590555/
 
Title Medieval messages - geophysics in Caerau Ringwork 
Description A film made buy community volunteer Viv Thomas documenting a co-produced geophysical survey project of Caerau medieval ringwork co-produced with local schools and volunteers. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This film provided an excellent resource showcasing this project to both the community and an external audience. 
URL https://vimeo.com/124168716
 
Title Messages from Medieval Caerau 
Description pupils from Michaelston Community College involved in a co-produced geophysical survey project of Caerau medieval ringwork expressed their findings artistically in a competition to provide an artistic interpretation of the findings. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The winners of the competition were presented prizes by Welsh Heritage Minister Ken Skates at recent WG launch of their pioneer area initiative in collaboration with CU's flagship engagement project Healthy People Healthy Places. 
URL http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/schep/2015/05/28/back-to-the-future-pioneering-the-use-of-culture-and-his...
 
Title Model Village at the Connected Communities Utopia Fair, Somerset House 
Description Young and not-so-young visitors to The Model Village stall were invited to design their own character or scenery to feature in our Model Village Theatre - created in laser cut plywood by MAKERS Sheffield. After designing their characters for the theatre, our visitors were given the option to further develop their own individual cartoon characters - inhabitants for our Utopian 'Model Village'. They also worked on scripts for their characters. These characters were then scanned into iPads and imported into a user-friendly app that allowed them to create short, scripted animation sequences. iPad photographs of Somerset House were used as backgrounds or scenery for these sequences. In all over 15 animation sequences were created over the duration of the festival. The film that we developed during the early stages of The Model Village Project also received a special screening as part of the Utopia Fair film programme. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Number of visitors (estimated) Friday Night: 100 Saturday: 400 Sunday: 400 Age split (estimated) 0-6 years old: 5% 6-12: 30% 12-16: 15% 18-24: 5% 24-40: 15% 40+: 30% 
URL https://caerheritageproject.com/2016/08/19/the-model-village-part-3/
 
Title One Fine Day AHRC Film 
Description In February and July 2013 the AHRC team filmed the launch event of Digging Caerau and the 2013 excavation interviewing key academic contributors and producing a short film about the Digging Caerau Project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This film has been of immense use to the CAER Team and excerpts from it have been employed during the delivery of a range of conference papers and presentations. Moreover, it played a significant role in presenting the project's work very positively to the judges in the NCCPE Engage competition. It remains available on both Youtube, the AHRC website and the NCCPE Engage competition web page and has currently recieved 867 views on Youtube. 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uic3R154154
 
Title Pathway to the Past Mural 
Description Pathway to the Past is a CAER spin-off project funded by an All Our Stories HLF grant in collaboration with our community partners Action Caerau & Ely (ACE) - working with staff from the National History Museum, North Ely Youth and Community Centre and 10 local young people (aged between 14-16) experiencing exclusion from school. Over a period of several weeks the young people designed and co-created an Iron Age themed mural to signpost the trail. The mural was designed and developed by the young people during a series of intensive street-art workshops devised by Paul Evans, in close collaboration with St Fagan's Iron Age expert and artist Ian Daniel. To set the context, the young people visited the Iron Age reconstructed hillfort at Castell Henllys in West Wales. Here they engaged in two workshops devised by Paul. The first, a digital photography activity, was based on the micro-montages of street artist Slinkachu, and the other was a variation on eco-graffiti activities that Paul had used to effect during previous stages of the project. In this instance, the young people left their outlines on the side of the fort - a biodegradeable impression of their visit. Back at the youth centre, the young people engaged in two days of drawing workshops, generating letters and figures that Paul and Ian developed into finished designs for council approval. The young people were then given a choice of five designs based on their ideas and motifs - with Ian's design getting the vote. The mural design features two Iron Age Round houses, 'Ely beans' and graceful 'celto-graffiti' lettering spelling out the word Caerau (meaning 'hill-forts' in Welsh). The A4 sized mural design was then scaled to full size - over 15 metres in length - and painstakingly applied onto the underpass and in masonry paint. The young people from the youth centre participated in the painting and added their own graffiti 'tags'. The resulting artwork constituted a vivid, direct, contemporary connection to the pre-historic past which has since been incorporated into the HEART of Cardiff Heritahe Trails network. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The CAER team, including artist Paul Evans and Ian Daniel (Celtic demonstrator from the National Museum of Wales), worked with 3 Youth Workers to develop and devise a programme of heritage themed trips and create an art installation with a small group of young people facing exclusion. This required a significant number of meetings and close collaboration during the course of this small project. Contact has been maintained with the Youth Centre and other groups of young people from there have subsequently participated in Caerau excavations and continue to be involved in the ongoing reconstruction of an Iron Age Village at St Fagans National History Museum. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Title Photos and Iolo Exhibition 
Description Photos and Iolo Exhibition, July 2014 (as part of Connected Communities Festival) Photos and Iolo was a CAER Heritage Project exhibition format that was developed and co-produced by artist Paul Evans with pupils from Glyn Derw High School, National Museum Wales staff Loveday Williams, Owain Rhys and Ian Daniel, and CAER Heritage Project directors Dave Wyatt and Oliver Davis. Consisting of a series of re-usable pop-up banners Photos and Iolo was an interactive experience that encouraged viewers to get involved with the images on display by searching for the bard Iolo (or Ian Daniel, the Museum's Celtic demonstrator) - photo-shopped into images of Caerau and Ely that were taken by local residents. Once the participants have found Iolo then they are encouraged to take part in a riddle competition. These Riddles were created by pupils from Glyn Derw High School. The images featured came from a Barnardos project which took place in Ely and Caerau in the 1980s. Visitors who successfully solved the riddles were rewarded with an exhibition photo-booklet. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The co-creation of riddles with Glyn Derw High facilitated working with a class of English pupils and their teacher for the first time at the school. The exhibition at St Fagans was attended by around 60 visitors - engaging museum visitors with Connected Communities co-produced heritage research and highlighting local skills and showcasing community heritage assets. The exhibition was then subsequently transferred to the Caerau excavation site and exhibited during the Big Lunch open day in July 2014 to around 100 visitors, mostly local residents. Indeed, the pop-up banners and accompanying booklets make the exhibition portable and recyclable, allowing for it to be displayed and reused at other locations and events, for example it will go on display again during the CAER Project's Christmas 2014 event. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Title Postcards to the Iron Age 
Description Artist Paul Evans devised this drop in activity during the CAER Heritage Project exhibition at St Fagans on Monday 18th June. It has subsequently been employed at almost all CAER Project engagement events and excavations and has produced remarkable results in terms of creative engagement with heritage and as an art themed evaluation activity. Visitors to events are asked to write a postcard to their ancesors in the Iron Age (or from the Iron Age to the present day) and-or draw an image. They are then given a CAER project 'time-travelling' stamp and post their creation in a Post-box to the Past. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact This simple artistic concept has proved remarkably successful in engaging and investing visitors and participants in the CAER Project events and activities. The creative/artistic outputs are underpinned by conversations about research and displays concerning archaeological and historical findings. Moreover, as an evaluation tool the activity has proved enlightening and insightful. Over the course of the 3 years of the CAER Project it is estmated that around 700 postcards have been posted to and from the Iron Age. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Title RomanoBritish Project 
Description 'Romanobritish' brought together two secondary schools with a professional artist and an academic in a pilot creative collaboration bringing the Iron Age heritage of Trelai Park and Caerau Hillfort into direct, physical contact with the present. 15 pupils from Y8 - Y10 of Woodland High School and 15 pupils from Y8 from neighbouring Glyn Derw High School/Michaelston Community College (once two separate schools but recently federated) worked with professional artist Paul Evans and Cardiff University CAER Heritage Project to co-produce designs for a series of Iron Age 'playable artworks': themed sports equipment including 'Ping Pong Portals to the Past' or 'Iron Age Street Art' outdoor table tennis tables, decorated table tennis balls, and football kit. After the conclusion of the project the table tennis tables have been permanently sited outside The Michaelston Community College learning centre Ely and Woodlands High school. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Romanobritish' brought together two local schools, thus strengthening community bonds, challenging stereotypes, improving life choices, developing confidence, partnerships and social networks. The project and its output were also a unique, creative means of bringing the inspiration for this project - the Iron Age heritage of Caerau and Ely to life and, quite literally, into play. Caerau and Ely are host to an extraordinary physical heritage: one of the largest hill forts in South Wales and a Roman villa buried beneath the school playing fields - two sites that local school children have had hands on roles in investigating through the CAER Heritage Project. What made this project so distinctive is not only this amazing heritage, but also its foundation on mutually supportive creative play. This fed directly into 'playable' artworks: doorways to engagement with heritage, and stimuli for future curiosity/discussion way beyond the timescale of the project. The project offered participating young people a structured framework of creative workshops and university quality accessible visual/historical references and acted as a pilot project based around collaborative participation from a special needs and mainstream school. A series of intensive creative workshops with a professional artist and an academic were delivered in these community schools. Qualitative outecomes included valuing artistic ability of young people with learning disabilities within the creative process, inculcating pride in place, development of grass roots relationships, aiding transition at a time of upheaval for Glyn Derw High pupils (the school was at that time being merged and effectively closed down). Challenging stigmas between mainstream and special needs secondary education, expanding social networks and providing new life opportunities by working with creative and academic professionals, raising aspirations and breaking down barriers to higher education, valuing community assets - in particular local heritage. Legacy of School playground resource; table tennis tables decorated with heritage themed art. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Title Sand sculpture of Caerau Hillfort, Whitmore Bay Beach on Barry Island Beach 
Description On Saturday 11th August CAER Studio artists joined forces with the Guerrilla Archaeology collective - and 5 volunteers - to create a huge scale model of Caerau hillfort, on the beach, in sand Featuring as part of the Barry Island 'Storytelling Weekender', we began work early, as soon as the tide allowed, measuring out the site and creating a scale drawing of the hillfort's outline in the sand. Other members of the team helped distribute copies of the 'CAER Times' newspaper to 47 passers-by 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Engaged with 47 people in a new location and created as positive news story for Caerau and Ely Heritage promoted by Cardiff University. 
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1254830-hillfort-in-the-sand
 
Title Shooting Star over Caerau Hillfort Lino Cut Print by artist John Abell 
Description Internationally famous artist John Abell originally from Ely produced an art print for the CAER Times newspaper centrefold inspired by CAER Heritage research. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact John Abell worked alongside and inspired local artists and participants to create similar prints which were sold at the CAER Studio Christmas stall. John also stated that taking part in the project has made him want to get further involved in community based arts practice, particularly in relation to CAER Heritage. 
URL https://caerheritageprojectdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/caer-times-newspaper.pdf
 
Title The Making of CAER HEDZ 
Description Community volunteer Viv Thomas filmed and produced a film explaining the making of the AHRC funded CAER HEDZ animated film. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This film provides an excellent overview of the animation project and has been used within the context of BBC and other media reports on the project. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mPIP9pSWxo
 
Title The Virtual Trench 
Description The Virtual Trench, was an installation at the Connected Communities Festival 2014, co-created and designed by CAER project artist Paul Evans, the CAER team and local film maker Viv Thomas. It consisted of a fairly imposing structure that bore a graphic timeline of events around its outer surface. This structure formed a customised projection booth, within which we projected footage real-time from the Caerau dig 2014 as was it taking place on the hill fort. Footage from the dig taking place at Caerau wass projected inside The Virtual Dig. Visitors to the festival were encouraged to 'excavate' The Virtual Trench and, under the guidance of CAER Heritage Project archaeologists and community volunteers, use genuine tools and specialised techniques to uncover real finds from the real dig which had been excavated in the preceding days. A special screening of the 'Caeraustock' short films - co-created by local cameraman Viv Thomas, local residents, LightTrap films and Michaelston Community College - added a further layer of visual depth and interaction to the installation. See: http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/ 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The Virtual Dig involved co-production work with two local residents from Caerau and Ely (Viv Thomas and Paul Kemble) who were able to present their creative film making and archaelogical skills within an academic context, building confidence and bringing the entire Caer dig and in a sense, the communities of Caerau and Ely closer to the power centre of Wales in Cardiff Bay. The installation allowed the CAER dig team to showcase both co-produced archaeological research to a range of delegates from across the UK. The photo panels produced for this installation were later transferred to the excavation information point for the duration of the 2014 dig and have been used at a number of other events including the CAER stall at the Ely Festival and the ACE AGM 2014 attended collectively by over 150 local residents. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yhK4ogNH4M
 
Title Timeteam episode 
Description Timeteam produced and broadcast a TV documentary (Timeteam episode) working with local residents for three days at the site producing a full geophysical survey of the interior of the hillfort and uncovering evidence of Iron Age houses and enclosures through excavation as well as re-constructing an Iron Age drinking vessel. The episode was broadcast, nationally, in January 2013. Timeteam also produced a series of short web films detailing the Tribal Logo project and interviewing PI Dave Wyatt and project artist Paul Evans. These are still available to view on Youtube and have received in total 584 views. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Timeteams contributions were significant in terms of both research, raising the profile of the site (both locally, nationally and internationally) and highlighting talent within the local communities. Community participants and the communities of Caerau and Ely more broadly, featured in a very positive light in the subsequent programme (which was broadcast nationally in January 2013). Timeteam episode viewing figures frequently exceed 1.5m in the UK alone and the programme is also broadcast in a number of other countries, giving wide exposure to both the communities and this little known archaeological site. 
URL http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team/episode-guide/series-20/
 
Title Tour of Caerau Hillfort Film co-produced with Digichemistry and Year 8 pupils from Cardiff West Community High School 
Description Tour of Caerau Hillfort Film co-produced with film company Digichemistry and Year 8 pupils from Cardiff West Community High School who presented, filmed and directed the film. The film features CAER Heritage research knowledge and an engaging tour of the hillfort undertaken by a class of 30 year 5 pupils from Windsor Clive Primary School. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film acted as an excellent transition activity with Cardiff West year 8 pupils interacting with year 5 pupils from partner primary school Windsor Clive who will soon progress to their new school. The year 8s learned technical and presentation skills in film making - working alongside a professional fim maker. The film production further cemented partnership working with local schools and film/ VR company Digichemistry. It provides a resource for CAER Heritage knowledge transfer and the Hidden Hillfort HLF interpretation going forward. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-y52LXLrO4&feature=share
 
Title Trench Hedz 
Description An artistic intervention, led by Project artist Paul Evans, which took place during the 2013 Digging Caerau excavation. Undergraduate excavators and pupils from Glyn Derw High School, Cardiff co-created artworks themed around Celtic heads. After an introduction by Ian Daniel from St Fagans National History Museum, the young artists sketched out their Celtic head designs and transferred the best of these onto labels. These labels were then hung on display at the entrance to the hillfort. Everyone on site - young artists and archaeologists - were then asked to create an individual Celtic head in clay. The little sculptures were then placed carefully into one of the excavated trenches - completing Stage 2 of the intervention. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The artworks remained on display for the CAER project Iron Age BBQ open day (@250 visitors). The co-creation formed part of a day of activities for Glyn Derw pupils including excavation, finds processing and co-creation of Heritage Trail logo designs. 
URL http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/
 
Description The first phase of the project AH/J013625/1 involved community participants in a variety of projects, including the exploratory excavations and geophysical survey of the hillfort undertaken by Time Team. Despite being one of the largest hillforts in south Wales, Caerau had never been subject to archaeological investigation and there was no evidence for the date of the monument nor for the nature of the occupation. The second phase (AHK007726/1) of the project, known as 'Digging Caerau' completed the characterisation of activity within the interior of the hillfort. As in phase 1, the CAER Heritage Project's research objective was to work with the people of Caerau and Ely to take 'ownership' for the site by making it relevant to the present community; to provide a heritage asset for the locality and the region; and to use the excavations and related activities to provide educational and aspirational opportunities for the local community through the co-production of research knowledge.

Building on existing partnerships and trust, local community members, schools and academic researchers worked together to provide an interpretation of the site which has not only enhanced research knowledge but has also informed an innovative experimental heritage reconstruction of Iron Age Life at St Fagans National History Museum just over a mile away, providing a remarkable project legacy. Community participants have been involved in co-production of research activities and interpretations with university academics, creating educational opportunities, learning skills, building confidence and confronting the negative stereotypes which blight these communities. The project constitutes a journey which has seen community participants and researchers 'deconstructing' a decommissioned Iron-Age replica village at St Fagans National Museum of Wales, then taking the skills and team spirit forged in that process to explore an authentic and under-researched Iron-Age and Medieval archaeological site at the heart of their communities, then finally using the knowledge and skills that they have uncovered to inform and undertake the construction of a new experimental reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement at St Fagans National History Museum. Through these initiatives Digging Caerau has forged a much closer relationship between the Caerau and Ely communities and the National Museum and University on their doorstep. This has been further cemented by the expansion of a series of heritage trails linking Caerau Hillfort to St Fagans National History Museum as part of the HEART of Cardiff project AH/K007629/1.

In archaeological terms, the project's research findings have included significant new archaeological evidence revealing human occupation at Caerau from the Neolithic through to the Medieval period. Findings include the discovery of five Iron-Age roundhouses, well-preserved animal bones, a large pottery assemblage and a range of other artifacts which have significantly improved understanding of Iron-Age settlement in South Wales. All of these findings have included local community members and pupils as active research participants at every stage including excavation, geophysical surveying, post-excavation analysis as well as creative artistic and historical research initiatives as evidenced through a wide range of outputs. The project also has a significant social sciences dimension with work being undertaken on co-production and co-evaluation strategies and on interactions between community participants and heritage professionals.
Exploitation Route From the outset the CAER Heritage Project's key objectives have been to use history and archaeology to develop educational opportunities and to challenge stigmas and marginalisation associated within the local communities. After all, the presence of a large multivallate hillfort in this area suggests that in prehistory Caerau and Ely were actually once the power centre in the Cardiff region. The project therefore aims to celebrate this remarkable past and to realise the potential of the significant yet underutilised heritage assets within these communities. The CAER Heritage Project is committed to producing research that involves participants actively in the co-production of knowledge and which values the contributions of all participants and partners. To date the project has involved a myriad of non-HE partners (primary and secondary schools, community groups, youth workers, community development workers, local residents, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Story Museum, Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff Council etc) alongside academics, undergraduates and postgraduates from a range of disciplines at Cardiff (history, archaeology, social sciences). The co-production strategies employed by the project in relation to community and heritage assets have significant transferability and have been recently recognised in a national award bestowed by the NCCPE.

We therefore believe the CAER Project's co-production strategies and the emphasis which it places on the value of community assets in relation to heritage are truly innovative and provide an exemplary model for other community based archaeology and history projects. The wide ranging nature of the project's impacts, partnerships and the embedding of academics and a professional artist within a community context have resulted in multifarious, often 'organically' nurtured forms of innovation, co-production and engagement. These have included:
• The embedding of research within the curricula of participating secondary schools with pupils producing museum exhibitions, performances and artwork, heritage trails school projects and even participating in a Timeteam programme.
• The involvement of a professional artist, Paul Evans, in all stages of the project thereby facilitating creative forms of engagement with local heritage themes including large eco-graffiti art installations, puppet shows, heritage trail design and the creation of an Iron-Age themed mural with local young people excluded from school.
• The embedding of research within a series of accredited practical archaeology courses, in association with Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, which have proved particularly successful in engaging long term unemployed males and which have had clear benefits in terms of progression and confidence building for a number of individuals.
• The involvement of postgraduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of engagement initiatives including excavation, museum exhibitions and the development of schools outreach workshops.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://caerheritageprojectdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/caer2englishfinalweb.pdf
 
Description The CAER Heritage Project works with the communities of Caerau and Ely to explore the area's rich heritage and address the contemporary challenges facing these communities. These Cardiff suburbs are home to more than 25,000 people and constitute the largest social housing estates in Wales. Despite strong community ties, the people that live there are burdened by significant social and economic deprivation, particularly high unemployment and poor educational attainment. CAER is built upon strategies of research co-production - placing local people at the heart of archaeological and historical research - while developing educational opportunities and challenging the unfounded stereotypes ascribed to this part of Cardiff in the process. CAER has established a significant range of social and professional partnerships with non HEI groups and organisations, creating a new community of interest. CAER has grown from relatively humble beginnings in 2011 to become one ACE's key community projects. ACE is a community based organisation which aims to support the social, economic and environmental regeneration of Ely and Caerau. ACE staff have worked with the university staff, every step of the way, to plan the development of CAER; providing access to a network of local community groups and enabling the involvement of local residents in project activities. Close partnerships have also been established with local secondary schools and primary schools to utilise rich and untapped community assets and the talent of local young people to develop new educational and life opportunities and break down barriers to educational progression through embedding research co-production into curricula. Between 2012-2018, CAER has involved 2,570 active participants in co-produced research and heritage activities and engaged with 14,831 visitors at CAER events. The project has worked with 15 institutional partners in the heritage, education, media and local government sectors including the National Museum of Wales, the Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff Story Museum, CADW, RCAHMW, Gwent Glamorgan Archaeology Trust, Cardiff Council and Wales, West Housing Association and professional artist, Paul Evans. Close partnerships have been built with 7 local schools in West Cardiff (4 secondary and 3 primary) and 1,538 local pupils (ages range from year 6-12) have been directly involved in co-produced research and heritage activities including geophysics, excavation, artefact analysis, exhibitions, films, art installations, heritage trails, performances and experimental archaeology. The project has also instigated a CAER Opportunity Project for young people facing exclusion from school and has involved 45 young people (not in education training or employment) in a range of project activities including excavation, heritage path clearance and heritage themed art. The project has delivered six free accredited adult learners courses to 79 local adult learners including unemployed and retired people, involving them actively in the co-production of research while gaining skills. CAER has undertaken three major four-week community excavations at Caerau hillfort in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and one excavation at a the nearby deserted medieval village of Michaelston-Super-Ely in 2016. These excavations have involved 837 local volunteers and engaged 4,363 visitors from across Cardiff and further afield. The project has delivered twenty four heritage themed art, film, exhibition and performance projects involving a professional artist and film producers (Paul Evans, John Harrison, Lighttrap Films), including Tribal logos, Churchyard Detectives, Pathway to the Past, CAERStock films, CAER HEDZ animation, the Virtual Dig, RomanoBritish, Banner Bright, Trek to Connect and The Model Village and CAER Studio, all co-produced with 1,392 active participants. The project has created a network of heritage trails around Caerau and Ely, co-produced and maintained with local community groups and with regular litter picking programme embedded into ACE's Timebank credit volunteer scheme. The project has also received significant media attention and has been the subject of two major national TV productions (Timeteam series 20 and S4C DNA Cymru) featuring the heritage of Caerau and Ely, viewed by at least 1.5m viewers nationally. CAER Heritage has been the subject of 4 national (Wales) primetime TV reports and received extensive coverage in the Welsh press and radio. The CAER web site has 61,185 views to date, CAER Facebook page has 850 likes, post reach regularly exceeds 1k, CAER Twitter account has 475 followers. Building on five years of community co-produced research funded by a series of successful Arts and Humanities Research Council grants, in 2017 ACE and the CAER Team secured a large Heritage Lottery Fund grant to establish the Hidden Hillfort Project. This will instigate three years of community co-produced excavation, surveys and historical research between 2019-2022, along with the development of transformational heritage infrastructure at Caerau Hillfort, including a Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre, signage, heritage trails and a CAER Heritage suite within the new build local secondary school. This will transform access and visitor understanding at the monument while improving educational opportunities for local young people and adults - including four university scholarships for local pupils involved in the project and eight adult learners pathway scholarships funded by Cardiff University. The University have also confirmed funding of a five year academic project director to be embedded in the community context at ACE (2018-2023), while Wales and West Housing association have confirmed £70k to fund a heritage themed playground at the site inspired by CAER Heritage research. CAER's innovative strategies of co production have been recognised through highly competitive national awards. In 2017 the project was awarded the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community, it was also overall winner of the NCCPE Engage Competition 2014 beating over 230 entrants from across the UK and securing £3.5k in prize money. These awards have reinforced community pride and confidence, for example all emails from ACE staff now bear the banner of Times Higher Award Winner. Local volunteer Helen stated: 'the project has won two major community archaeology awards, projecting us onto a national stage...it has taught me that everyone can bring something positive to the table.' CAER Heritage has been cited as an exemplary model of engagement during a Welsh Government debate on 'ensuring wider access to our heritage and culture'. Prof Andrew Thompson CEO of the AHRC has stated that he frequently cites CAER Heritage as an example of the value and benefit of arts and humanities research when speaking to UK government and other key stakeholders. The project has also been praised at the AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2015 (Jeff Cuthbert AM), at the NCCPE UK Engage Conference UK Plenary sessions 2014 and 2015 and published as an example of innovation in the Research Councils UK Inspiration to Engage Concordat Publication, 2015 (pages 4-5). In a recent survey 98% of respondents stated that their visit to the Caerau excavations had increased their interest in archaeology; 94% said that it had helped them to better understand the importance of the archaeology at Caerau; 88% said that it had changed the way that they think about Caerau and 91% said that their visit had changed their attitude towards their community's history. Indeed, CAER has significantly harnessed local confidence and talent and is altering attitudes towards community identity and heritage (see quote from Dave Horton 1.e). Dr Martin Hulland of Cardiff West Community High School stated: 'CAER Heritage has proved to be hugely beneficial to the pupils, staff and wider community and everyone who has taken part before have appreciated the contribution made by those involved from the University. The project aims very much echo and support my intentions to work towards transforming education in the West of Cardiff.' The CAER team have undertaken qualitative research (now published) on the positive effects of long term involvement in relation to the health and well-being of a group of volunteers. ' Community volunteer Tom has the final word: 'we've sort of been as an area we're pushed to the back a lot and have been for years so all of us we're at the forefront for something you know which is pretty amazing reallyI suffer quite a bit from depression so it's given me drive to get out of the house, get involved, become part of a team.' In 2019, the CAER team were successful in securing an £829k National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for the CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort project. This will instigate 3 years of community co-produced excavation, surveys and historical and archaeological research along with the development of significant and attractive heritage infrastructure at Caerau hillfort including a Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre, signage, heritage trails, a new playground and a CAER heritage suite (which is already in place) within the new build local secondary school Cardiff West Community High as well as scholarships at Cardiff University for local young people and adults; all of this will significantly improve the local environment and life opportunities for local people.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description CAER Project Featured in RCUK Publications including RCUK Inspiration to Engage Concordat Publication and Research for Community Heritage Brochure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/RCUK-prod/assets/documents/publications/ConcordatInspiration.pdf
 
Description CAER Project the subject of an AHRC Impact Case Study (Hyland/Lugg) and Film
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/Research-Councils-UK-(RCUK)-Impact-Report-2013.aspx
 
Description CAER cited HEFCW's 2018 Innovation Nation Civic Mission Policy Report as an example of excellent practice in university innovation and collaboration
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.hefcw.ac.uk/documents/publications/hefcw_reports_and_statistics/INNOVATION%20NATION%20-%...
 
Description CAER co-production presentation delivered to the RCUK Public Engagement with Research Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description CAER team deliver bespoke seminar on co-production strategies to RCUK staff at Polaris House (arranged by NCCPE)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description CAER team invited to contribute to advisory session re proposed NCCPE Research for All Journal.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description CAER team meet with Director of Education LEA Cardiff to discuss plans for CAER to inform curriculum in West Cardiff secondary schools
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Heritage Debate in Welsh Government: CAER Project highlighted as a good example of heritage regeneration in Welsh Government Senedd debate on 'ensuring wider access to our heritage and culture' (at 4:12.05) re link below.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.senedd.tv/archiveplayer.jsf?v=en_100000_21_01_2014&t=13569&l=en
 
Description Informing and developing KS3 curriculum
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The CAER Heritage team are currently embedding research into a range of KS3 curricula in the school and are implementing scholarships for a minimum of 4 local pupils. The team are working with teachers to inform innovative practice and develop progression across educational institutions from primary schools to HE through research co-production; breaking down barriers to HE and taking research led teaching into secondary school contexts.
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1271014-new-learning-opportunities-for-caer-heritage-project
 
Description NCCPE Award highlights CAER Project as an example of best practice re co-production
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/blog/caer-heritage-project
 
Description AHRC Follow On funding - CAER Studio - exploring arts, culture & heritage through co-produced research
Amount £97,575 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/R006857/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Action in Caerau and Ely Co-produced post-excavation and learning
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Action in Caerau and Ely 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description Action in Caerau and Ely Co-produced post-excavation and learning
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Action in Caerau and Ely 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description All Our Stories
Amount £9,638 (GBP)
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2012 
End 11/2013
 
Description CADW Ancient monument grant for footfall counters
Amount £1,413 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Department Cadw
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description CAER Model Village Project
Amount £19,973 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 09/2016
 
Description Cardiff University Internal Arts and Social Studies College Funding to develop HLF Bid
Amount £67,857 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description Cardiff University Match Funding for Hidden Hillfort Project inc. 5 year FTE academic post plus scholarships for school pupils and adult learners
Amount £397,220 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2023
 
Description Connected Communities Development Award (Heritage Legacies)
Amount £90,299 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/013193/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 03/2014
 
Description Connected Communities Festival 2014 (Digging Communities: past, present and future)
Amount £51,352 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Connected Communities Follow Up Grant (On Shared Ground)
Amount £39,476 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/013207/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Connected Communities festival 2015 CAER HEDZ
Amount £9,990 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description Dating Caerau (C14 dates)
Amount £1,680 (GBP)
Organisation Cambrian Archaeological Association 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description Hidden Hillfort Project Delivery Phase
Amount £829,000 (GBP)
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 04/2022
 
Description Hidden Hillfort Project Development Phase Grant
Amount £156,900 (GBP)
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2018
 
Description Innovation and Engagement Funds - Messages from Medieval Caerau
Amount £1,250 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description LeHigh University Archaeological Excavations Caerau 2015
Amount $15,000 (USD)
Organisation Lehigh University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United States
Start 04/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description RCUK Schools Partnership
Amount £29,972 (GBP)
Organisation Research Councils UK (RCUK) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Signage for Caerau Hillfort
Amount £2,800 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Studentship Placement Grant to involve 2 undergraduates in the co-creation of team-taught 30 credit module 'Sharing the Past' that will involve creating and delivering events for CAER Hertiage
Amount £2,258 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 09/2019
 
Description Trek to Connect Project
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation City Region Exchange, Cardiff university 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Unearthing Utopias: reflections on participatory heritage projects within disdavantaged communities
Amount £2,980 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description Vale of Glamorgan Paleo-environmental Resource Assessment Project
Amount £3,138 (GBP)
Organisation Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Welsh Government Pioneer Fusion Area Funding British Museum Trip
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Title Co-production Strategies in Arts and Humanities 
Description The CAER Heritage Project is committed to producing research that involves participants actively in the co-production of knowledge and which values the contributions of all participants and partners. To date the project has involved a myriad of non-HE partners (primary and secondary schools, community groups, youth workers, community development workers, local residents, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Story Museum, Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff Council etc) alongside academics, undergraduates and postgraduates from a range of disciplines at Cardiff (history, archaeology, social sciences). Co-production is a term becoming current in some European policy circles (Boyle and Harris 2009; Needham 2008) and in Wales, values of 'community' have long been the rallying cry of Welsh politicians (Rees 1997). Yet, too often, the concept of 'community' is approached by professionals and outsiders simplistically, lacking structures for on-going, systematic means of eliciting and hearing its 'differentiated solidarities' (Young 2002 in Amin 2005, 627). We did not approach the aspiration of co-production uncritically and are aware of the potential issues around power, politics and participation (Gallagher and Gallacher 2008; Holland et al. 2010; Bell 2013). A range of key strategies have therefore been employed within the Project to ensure meaningful co-production and mutual benefit between the wide range of academic, heritage sector and community partners involved. These include: community consultation and involvement in funding bids; the embedding of an academic member of staff (Dr. Olly Davis) within our partner community organisation ACE; the embedding of activities in the local secondary school curriculum; the establishment of adult learners courses with a view to facilitating educational progression; the creation of partnerships with a local youth centre and the National Museum of Wales to engage young people facing exclusion; training excavations and community outreach opportunities for university students working closely alongside community participants. The co-production strategies employed are based on well established principles yet the CAER team's approach to these principles and to co-evalution have been recognised as being innovative and potentially radical in relation to Arts and Humanities research (e.g. NCCPE Award & seminar delivered to RCUK) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The CAER team's approach to co-production and co-evalution have been recognised as being innovative and potentially radical in relation to Arts and Humanities research for example the CAER Heritage Project was the overall winner of the NCCPE Engage competition and also won thier category of History and Heritage. The project was chosen from 230 quality entries across the UK, both Arts and Humanities and STEM projects. In the words of one of the judges the CAER project '...really did have it all'. Not only did the project make a profound impact on the community who got involved, it also profoundly changed the researchers, animating their work with new insights and expertise and reconnecting them to the educational mission that drives their work.' Winning this NCCPE award was a remarkable achievement given the number of entries received from across a range of discplines, moreover the CAER team were subsuquently invited to present on co-production strategies to RCUK staff in September 2014. 
 
Description 3 G S Development Trust 
Organisation 3G's Development Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution 3 G S Development Trust is a community development organisation in Merthyr Tydfil. The CAER team invited 12 participants from the 3 G S Men's project (for long term unemployed men) to visit the hillfort and handle artefacts from the CAER excavations in collaboration with local residents from Caerau and Ely. These participants from Merthyr then attended a trip to the Celts Art and Identity exhibition at the British Museum with residents from Caerau and Ely. This positive contact was cemented through joint participation in the Cardiff University funded Trek to Connect project which instigated the co-production of geocache heritage trails in Merthyr, West Cardiff and Cardiff Bay.
Collaborator Contribution 3 G S Development Trust staff facilitated contact and involvement for the Men's Project providing transport, support work and project development. They have also worked closely with ACE and the CAER Young People Opportunity project to provide opportunities for young people facing exclusion in connection with the Trek to Connect project.
Impact Geocache heritage trails. On-going partnership work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Action in Caerau and Ely 
Organisation Action in Caerau and Ely
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Oliver Davis is an early career archaeologist and CAER Project co-ordinator. Olly completed his Ph.D. on Iron Age settlement and society in southern Britain, with a particular focus on hillforts and smaller defended settlements, in 2010. He is also the founder and co-director of the CAER Heritage Project and was embedded in community organisation Action Caerau and Ely for 2 days a week between April 2013 and April 2014, building partnerships and developing and co-ordinating the CAER project initiatives. The CAER project has grown from relatively humble beginnings in 2011 to become one of the key community projects of community partner organisation Action Caerau Ely (ACE).
Collaborator Contribution ACE is a community based organisation which aims to support the social, economic and environmental regeneration of Ely and Caerau. ACE staff have worked with the university staff, every step of the way, to plan the development of the CAER Project; providing access to a network of local community groups enabling the involvement of local residents in Project activities. ACE have facilitated further funding grant successes (e.g. HLF All Our Stories) and have ensured the CAER Heritage project is integrated into, and benefits from, 'Timeplace' (Ely and Caerau's timebank). The involvement and commitment of these various community organisations has ensured the Project's future beyond existing funding streams and is enabling activities to continue 'on the ground' while further funding grants are secured.
Impact ACE staff have worked with the university staff, every step of the way, to plan the development of the CAER Project; providing access to a network of local community groups enabling the involvement of local residents in Project activities. ACE have facilitated further funding grant successes (e.g. HLF All Our Stories) and have ensured the CAER Heritage project is integrated into, and benefits from, 'Timeplace' (Ely and Caerau's timebank). The involvement and commitment of these various community organisations has ensured the Project's future beyond existing funding streams and is enabling activities to continue 'on the ground' while further funding grants are secured. ACE have been involved in almost all CAER project initiatives and the outcomes and outputs from this fruitful collaborative partnership are so manifold that there is not space to record them here. They include Tribal Logos Project, Churchyard Detectives, extensive involvement in 2 Digging Caerau Community Excavations, the establishment of Friends of Caerau Community group and HEART of Cardiff Heritage Trails to mention a few.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Andrew Faulkner Associates 
Organisation Andrew Faulkner Associates Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The CAER Team have worked in partnership with architect Andrew Faulkner to develop a large Heritage Lottery Fund grant to establish a Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre at Caerau Hillfort. This has included a field trip, a range of meetings and authorship of the bid document.
Collaborator Contribution Andrew Faulkner has provided advice and guidance and attended a range of meetings and a field trip, including the preparation of a RIBA proposal for a Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre at Caerau Hillfort. In 2019 Andrew produced a structural survey of St Mary's Church on Caerau Hill for the CAER project and presented findings to community members.
Impact A Heritage Lottery Fund application which has been successful in securing development phase funding.
Start Year 2016
 
Description CADW 
Organisation Government of Wales
Department Cadw
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Cadw staff have attended project management and community meetings and have contributed access to and specialist knowledge about Caerau hillfort in relation to funding bids, research proposals and engagement activities.
Collaborator Contribution Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service, which both conserves Wales's heritage and helps people understand and care about their history. Cadw staff have attended project management and community meetings and have contributed access to and specialist knowledge about Caerau hillfort in relation to funding bids, research proposals and engagement activities.
Impact In accordance with CADW directives, the CAER project has instigated an ongoing programme which involves community residents in monument conservation, vegetation management, litter picking and reporting incidences of vandalism and illicit metal detecting. Improved access and wide ranging project activities have improved foot-fall to the site which have resulted in increasing engagement from Cardiff Council and the local constabulary. The profile of the site and thereby its value as a community heritage asset have been dramatically enhanced.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Cardiff Archaeological Society 
Organisation Cardiff Archaeological Socety
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Undertook a co-produced geophysical survey of Caerau ringwork . Co-produced interpretation of that survey was showcased on CAER web site and incorporated into existing co-produced heritage trail electronic resources. A short film about the project was co-produced with local film maker Viv Thomas.
Collaborator Contribution Cardiff Archaeological Society was established in 1960 Cardiff Archaeological Society and is a volunteer based society which seeks to foster interest in archaeology in the Cardiff area. Members of the society participated in project activities working alongside community members. The society also contributed a significant sum of £500 towards the project.
Impact A co-produced geophysical survey project of Caerau medieval ringwork with local schools and volunteers. The survey was followed by a competition to involve local people in the interpretation of the findings. This included school pupils from partner schools in Ely & Caerau. The winners of the competition were presented prizes by Welsh Heritage Minister Ken Skates at 2015 launch of their pioneer area initiative in collaboration with Cardiff University's flagship engagement project Healthy People Healthy Places: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/schep/2015/05/28/back-to-the-future-pioneering-the-use-of-culture-and-history-for-community-regeneration/
Start Year 2015
 
Description Cardiff Council 
Organisation Cardiff Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CAER project has worked in partnership with a number of Council Departments including Parks Services and Bereavement Services. This has involved consultation meetings, attendance at CAER community meetings, delivering heritage walks, facilitating clearance work and litter picking as well as Council staff being active participants in the co-creation of the heritage trails with local residents and young people.
Collaborator Contribution CAER project has worked in partnership with a number of Council Departments including Parks Services and Bereavement Services. This has involved consultation meetings, attendance at CAER community meetings, delivering heritage walks, facilitating clearance work and litter picking as well as Council staff being active participants in the co-creation of the heritage trails with local residents and young people.
Impact Cardiff Council Parks Division have been involved in heritage trail clearance for both the All our Stories Project and HEART of Cardiff Heritage trails working with local people to clear overgrown vegetation and collect litter. Council Parks professionals have also worked closely with the CAER team and volunteers in relation to monument conservation relating specifically to the community excavations at the Caerau site.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Cardiff Council 
Organisation Cardiff Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Development of an information sign at Caerau Hillfort, co-produced with local participants, involved partnership meetings, co-production workshop and content design. Collaboration on Heritage Lottery Fund application for Hidden Hillfort Project, involved regular partnership meetings and authorship of bid application.
Collaborator Contribution Funding, producing and installing information sign at Caerau Hillfort. Regular partnership meetings to develop ideas and partnership structure for application.
Impact The first ever information sign to be installed at Caerau Hillfort detailing findings from the CAER Community excavations and an interpretation of the monument from the Neolithic to the medieval eras.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Cardiff Story 
Organisation Cardiff Story
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The museum has hosted a number of CAER project events and temporary exhibitions and has contributed significant staff expertise. Regular meetings take place between museum manager Victoria Rogers sits on the steering group of the HLF funded Hidden Hillfort Project. The Museum is a key partner on the HLF funded Hidden Hillfort Project and will have a funded 1 year post commencing 2019 to develop interpretation at the site.
Collaborator Contribution Opening to the public in April 2011, the Museum is the hub for Cardiff's heritage and culture. It is a community and cultural venue, a location that celebrates Cardiff's heritage for tourists and visitors to the city, and a place that encourages active citizenship and active engagement with the area's history. The museum has hosted a number of CAER project events and temporary exhibitions and has contributed significant staff expertise. Museum staff have also contributed to funding bid preparation for Digging Caerau and HEART of Cardiff Projects and also contribited to workshops with Ely's Healthy, Wealthy Wise community group workshops as part of the heritage trail creation.
Impact The Cardiff Story Museum hosted the CAER exhibition co-produced with local school pupils in February 2013, this featured in the AHRC film. The then heritage minister, Huw Lewis, opened the exhibition at Cardiff Story and also launched Digging Caerau, with the exhibition remaining on display at the museum for 4 weeks. Participating pupils and teachers from the respective schools attended all of these exhibition launches and teacher feedback has highlighted the benefits in terms of pupil enskilment and confidence building. It is estimated that over 500 visitors viewed the exhibition significantly raising the profile of community talent and heritage assets in Caerau and Ely within the wider Cardiff context. CHURCHYARD Detectives Project (November 2012) 30 year 9 pupils from Glyn Derw High took part in this history/archaeology project which focussed on the modern historical context of the Caerau locality. Pupils were initially involved in fieldwork noting inscriptions from graves in St Mary's Church on Caerau Hillfort. Following this they undertook research with historians and archivists at the Glamorgan Archives, reconstructing the lives of those buried there in the 19th and early 20th centuries. From this research they produced project work and performative presentations which were delivered at the Cardiff Story event in February 2013. This project was embedded in Glyn Derw's Literacy and Numeracy curriculum for that class, a first for the CAER Project. The strategy of embedding co-produced research within the secondary school curriculum has subsequently been employed successfully within other CAER project activities; it has proved very effective in terms of cementing a close partnership with participating schools, enhancing project development and outputs and breaking down barriers to HE. Travel Back to the Iron Age @Cardiff Story week of family activities (February, 2013) In conjunction with the CAER exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum, the CAER team, including 15 undergraduate volunteers, delivered a week of lunchtime family interactive activities during half-term February 2013 themed on the exhibition and the Iron Age in Cardiff. The museum estimates that 200 visiting parents and children from the Cardiff locality participated in these activities alone and highlighted that many of these visitors were first time visitors to the museum. This initiative also developed employability skills and provided networking opportunities for our undergraduate students. The Museum has co-produced and hosted two further temporary exhibitions: Dusty's First World War 2016 viewed by 3.5k visitors over 2 months and Hidden Histories of Ely 2018 viewed by 1.5k visitors over 2 weeks.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Cardiff West Community School 
Organisation Cardiff West Community High School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cardiff West Community High School replaced the Western Federation secondary schools (Michaelston Community College and Glyn Derw High School) which have been longstanding partners of the CAER Heritage Project. The new £36m school has been completed on the Glyn Derw site.Head teacher Martin Hulland sits on the management team of the CAER Hidden Hillfort project facilitating close collaboration with the school's management team. The CAER Heritage team are currently embedding research into a range of KS3 curricula in the school and are implementing scholarships for a minimum of 4 local pupils. Pupils have been involved in co-producing plans for the new Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre. The creation of heritage themed bee gardens and excavation of an Iron Age site adjacent to the school are also planned for 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Martin Hulland sits on the management team of CAER's successful HLF Hidden Hillfort project. The new build school includes a CAER Heritage suite in the post-16 block for 3 years where a range of research and outreach activities will take place. The School is working in partnership with the CAER Team to embed CAER Heritage research in the KS3 curriculum going forward, with £30k match funding in staff time given over to this from the school. An art installation representing the rich heritage of Caerau and Ely was installed in the learning suite produced by the CAER Studio project. A further art project to record a local heritage mural and produce a film about this was funded by the local education authority and involved CAER Studio artists.
Impact Curriculum development Art installations Museum exhibitions See CAER Heritage and CAER Studio Blogs
Start Year 2016
 
Description First Campus, University of South Wales 
Organisation University of South Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution First Campus Co-ordinator Jane Ellis worked with DigiChemistry and the CAER team to undertake co-production workshops with local pupils to develop ideas for the HLF Funded Hidden Hillfort interpretation, they are contributing £12k in match to that creation as part of the Hidden Hillfort development.
Collaborator Contribution First Campus Co-ordinator Jane Ellis worked with DigiChemistry and the CAER team to undertake co-production workshops with local pupils to develop ideas for the HLF Funded Hidden Hillfort interpretation, they are contributing £12k in match to that creation.
Impact Match funding contribution to develop VR Interpretation.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Fitzalan High 
Organisation Fitzalan High School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Fitzalan have participated in a number of CAER project activities including: excavation, geophysics, artwork and workshops delivered in schools. Partnership has predominantly been with the history teaching staff. CAER activities have not been embedded into the curriculum but pupils have participated in Digging Caerau excavations and the co-creation of tribal logos and a museum exhibition as part of enrichment and widening access initiatives.
Collaborator Contribution Teachers have contributed significant expertise and ideas and facilitated a range of CAER Projects including Tribal Logos, Museum Exhibition and Digging Caerau Excavations.
Impact In March 2012, 90 pupils and 5 teachers from 3 participating secondary schools, Glyn Derw, Fitzalan and Mary Immaculate High were involved in a range of activities at the Caerau hillfort designed to interest and invest them in the site and conduct research. These activities included artefact analysis and Iron-Age pottery workshops. Pupils participated directly in a geophysical survey of part of the site with an archaeological professional revealing the boundaries and houses of the ancient occupants of this place for the first time. Inspired by Iron-Age artefacts they had seen at a field trip to the National History Museum, St Fagans, the pupils designed their own tribal symbols with professional artist, Paul Evans, and then scaled up these designs to land-art dimensions within the hillfort, using safe and biodegradeable tree bark. This activity proved very successful in both interesting and positively investing young people with the heritage of the site. The large eco-graffiti tribal logos subsequently gently biodegraded into the landscape and - significantly - were not disturbed by the groups of young people who regularly visit the site outside of school. The week of school activities culminated with a project open day for local families at the Caerau site with further participation in surveying and other interactive activities by local adult residents. 150 local residents attended this event, and many came with their families and stayed for most of the day - a positive response to our strategy of attempting to engage and build trust with the wider community through the local secondary schools. Participation in Timeteam & community excavations. As a result of the above activities, Channel 4's Timeteam, with whom our School had been having negotiations, agreed to work in collaboration with the CAER project to undertake trial excavations and produce a programme about the hillfort. We negotiated for 10 local pupils (from three participating secondary schools) and 3 local residents from the community to both participate in the excavation and appear on the programme. Benefits were significant in terms of both research, raising the profile of the site and highlighting talent within the local communities. Community participants and the communities of Caerau and Ely more broadly, featured in a very positive light in the subsequent programme (which was broadcast nationally in January 2013). Timeteam episode viewing figures frequently exceed 1.5m in the UK alone and the programme is also broadcast in a number of other countries, giving wide exposure to both the communities and this little known archaeological site. CAER Project Exhibition (June 2012-February 2013) Following on from their involvement in geophysical survey, the creation of tribal logo artwork and Timeteam excavations 90 pupils from 3 participating secondary schools, produced displays of artwork, models, creative writing and historical perspectives on the Iron Age. Their coursework made up an exhibition which was displayed at St Fagans National History Museum in June 2012. The exhibition was opened by Mark Drakeford, Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services and Sian Price, series director of Timeteam. In January and February 2013 we took this exhibition on tour - first we were invited to the Welsh Government's Senedd building in Cardiff Bay by Mark Drakeford and then travelled onto the Cardiff Story Museum in central Cardiff later in February 2013. The then heritage minister, Huw Lewis, opened the exhibition at Cardiff Story and also launched Digging Caerau, with the exhibition remaining on display at the museum for 4 weeks. Participating pupils and teachers from the respective schools attended all of these exhibition launches and teacher feedback has highlighted the benefits in terms of pupil enskilment and confidence building. It is estimated that over 1,500 visitors viewed the exhibition across the three locations, once again significantly raising the profile of community talent and heritage assets in Caerau and Ely within the wider Cardiff context. Year 7 and 9 pupils from Fitzalan returned to the Caerau site in the summers of 2013 and 2014 and were actively involved in the community archaeological excavations. The partnership work with this school is ongoing.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Gillard Associates architects 
Organisation Gillards Associates Ltd
PI Contribution The CAER Team have worked in partnership with architects Gillard associates to co-produce plans for the Hidden Hillfort Heritage Centre at Caerau Hillfort.
Collaborator Contribution This has included co-production workshops with community members and stake holders, a range of meetings and preparation of an architects plan.
Impact An architects plan and 3D video design for the Hidden Hillfort heritage centre has been produced and will be submitted with the second phase HLF grant in May 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Glyn Derw High school and Michaelston Community College (Federated) 
Organisation Glyn Derw High School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glyn Derw have participated in a wide range of CAER project activities including: excavation, geophysics, artwork and workshops delivered in schools. Partnership with the management team at both Glyn Derw High school and their federated partner school, Michaelston Community College, has been particularly fruitful and these schools have embedded aspects of CAER's local heritage research into the curriculum including Digging Caerau excavations, Churchyard Detectives, Poverty Detectives and the co-creation of the heritage trail way marks.
Collaborator Contribution Both school management and staff have been engaged and involved in all stages of the project including funding bid consultation. Teachers have contributed significant expertise and ideas and facilitated a range of CAER Projects including Tribal Logos, Churchyard Detectives, Poverty Detectives, Digging Caerau Excavations and HEART of Cardiff Heritage Trails, community banner processions. School premises have been contributed for a range of activities including post excavation work and community meetings. The school canteen provided meals for the diggers during the community excavations.
Impact Tribal Logo, Geophysical Survey and Archaeological Activities (March 2012) In March 2012, 90 pupils and 5 teachers from 3 participating secondary schools, Glyn Derw, Fitzalan and Mary Immaculate High were involved in a range of activities at the Caerau hillfort designed to interest and invest them in the site and conduct research. These activities included artefact analysis and Iron Age pottery workshops. Pupils participated directly in a geophysical survey of part of the site with an archaeological professional revealing the boundaries and houses of the ancient occupants of this place for the first time. Inspired by Iron Age artefacts they had seen at a field trip to the National History Museum, St Fagans, the pupils designed their own tribal symbols with professional artist, Paul Evans, and then scaled up these designs to land-art dimensions within the hillfort, using safe and biodegradeable tree bark. This activity proved very successful in both interesting and positively investing young people with the heritage of the site. The large eco-graffiti tribal logos subsequently gently biodegraded into the landscape and - significantly - were not disturbed by the groups of young people who regularly visit the site outside of school. School participation in Timeteam excavation and Programme (April, 2012). As a result of the above activities, Channel 4's Timeteam, with whom our School had been having negotiations, agreed to work in collaboration with the CAER project to undertake trial excavations and produce a programme about the hillfort. We negotiated for 10 local pupils (from three participating secondary schools) and 3 local residents from the community to both participate in the excavation and appear on the programme. The overall benefits of this media intervention, generally, outweighed any short-term negative impacts. Indeed, these benefits were significant in terms of both research, raising the profile of the site and highlighting talent within the local communities. Community participants and the communities of Caerau and Ely more broadly, featured in a very positive light in the subsequent programme (which was broadcast nationally in January 2013). Timeteam episode viewing figures frequently exceed 1.5m in the UK alone and the programme is also broadcast in a number of other countries, giving wide exposure to both the communities and this little known archaeological site. CAER Project Exhibition (June 2012-February 2013) Following on from their involvement in geophysical survey, the creation of tribal logo artwork and Timeteam excavations 90 pupils from 3 participating secondary schools, produced displays of artwork, models, creative writing and historical perspectives on the Iron Age. Their coursework made up an exhibition which was displayed at St Fagans National History Museum in June 2012. The exhibition was opened by Mark Drakeford, Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services and Sian Price, series director of Timeteam. In January and February 2013 we took this exhibition on tour - first we were invited to the Welsh Government's Senedd building in Cardiff Bay by Mark Drakeford and then travelled onto the Cardiff Story Museum in central Cardiff later in February 2013. The then heritage minister, Huw Lewis, opened the exhibition at Cardiff Story and also launched Digging Caerau, with the exhibition remaining on display at the museum for 4 weeks. Participating pupils and teachers from the respective schools attended all of these exhibition launches and teacher feedback has highlighted the benefits in terms of pupil enskilment and confidence building. It is estimated that over 1,500 visitors viewed the exhibition across the three locations, once again significantly raising the profile of community talent and heritage assets in Caerau and Ely within the wider Cardiff context. CHURCHYARD Detectives Project (November 2012) 30 year 9 pupils from Glyn Derw High took part in this history/archaeology project which focussed on the modern historical context of the Caerau locality. Pupils were initially involved in fieldwork noting inscriptions from graves in St Mary's Church on Caerau Hillfort. Following this they undertook research with historians and archivists at the Glamorgan Archives, reconstructing the lives of those buried there in the 19th and early 20th centuries. From this research they produced project work and performative presentations which were delivered at the Cardiff Story event in February 2013. This project was embedded in Glyn Derw's Literacy and Numeracy curriculum for that class, a first for the CAER Project. The strategy of embedding co-produced research within the secondary school curriculum has subsequently been employed successfully within other CAER project activities; it has proved very effective in terms of cementing a close partnership with participating schools, enhancing project development and outputs and breaking down barriers to HE. Poverty Detectives Project (March 2013) 30 year 9 pupils from Glyn Derw High took part in this history project which explored child poverty past and present with a focus on the lives of 19th century children in the Cardiff area. The pupils worked with academic historians, archivists at the Glamorgan Archives and CAER project artist Paul Evans to creatively express their findings through the creation of time-travelling conversations enacted by puppets created by the pupils. This project produced some inspiring outputs and was also embedded in the literacy and numeracy curriculum. Digging Caerau Excavations (June-July 2013 and 2014) Glyn Derw High pupils and teachers were directly involved with the excavations with several classes undertaking archaeological fieldwork activities. More than 80 pupils, varying in age-group from Year 7 to Year 13 visited the site, over the two excavations, and worked in small groups with professional staff as supervisors. They were actively involved with various different on-site activities from excavation, sieving and finds processing, to more creative activities such as making Iron Age pots. School co-production of way marks logos (December 2014 to March 2014) In December 2013 Dave Wyatt and Paul Evans visited Michaelston College and Glyn Derw to brainstorm, design and develop the first two way-mark designs for the HEART of Cardiff trails. These intensive creative workshops focussed on 'Medieval Michaelston' and the 'Romans to the Races' trails. After a brief introduction, the young people made a series of quick thumbnail sketches. The young people then selected their favourite sketch and were given guidance on how to convert this design into a simple motif, suitable for stencilling. Two follow on workshops were delivered to the same classes in each school in March 2014. The challenge behind the workshops was to create transitory, witty works of art that reflected something of the heritage of the trail - creating ephemeral artworks and in situ images to populate our heritage trail resources. At Glyn Derw High we researched Roman motifs and made a series of thumb-nail sketches. We then visited the heritage trail in Trelai fields to create an army of buried legionaries emerging from the site of the Roman Villa on the Romans to Races trail. The young artists then made 3D graffiti models and placed these along the trail photographing them as they went. A similar workshop was also undertaken with the pupils at Michaelston Community College, this time themed on the medieval heritage of the location including St Michael's church. We decided that the door of the church would make an excellent 'portal' into the past - so we made one using interwoven twigs and branches. As at Glyn Derw, during the next stage of the workshop the young people made individual ephemeral artworks using modelling clay - again from the preliminary sketches based on Medieval motifs. The, tried and tested, combination of archaeological and historically themed art and direct physical engagement with local sites proved an effective means of investing and engaging a new group of young people in their local heritage whilst inculcating a range of creative and interpersonal skills. Way marking the Trails (April 2014) With the way mark logos complete the designs have been employed to create a series of plastic stencils that have been laser cut with the assistance of teachers at Michaelston Community College. Over April 2014 the community groups and school pupils involved in creating the way mark logos have walked each of their respective trails employing the stencils to make impermanent (chalk, scrubbing surfaces, grass cutting) and permanent marks (spray paint) at key points on the trails to mark the way. These way marks interface with a published trail leaflet and online HEART of Cardiff trail web resource for the trails which features artwork and other contributions of memories and knowledge from participating schools and community members. To ensure ongoing 'ownership' and engagement of co-creators and their trails both ACE and participating schools have agreed to organise bi-annual trail walks to litter pick, monitor access, vegetation clearance and to refresh the impermanent and permanent markers with the way mark logo stencils.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Greenbay Productions and S4C 
Organisation Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution TV production company Greenbay produced a 4 hour TV series for S4C exploring origins in Wales employing DNA analysis. Myself and the CAER team have been working with them on this, community members and Caer project participants from Caerau and Ely were tested and featured in the final episode of the series. Greenbay filmed a geophysical survey of the medieval ringwork (2015) and filmed extensively at the 2015 excavations at the hillfort. This episode was broadcast on S4C in January 2016.
Collaborator Contribution The CAER team provided interviews, research information and access to project activities for filming. The team also facilitated contact with project participants who featured in the programme.
Impact CAER Heritage featured prominently in 2 episodes of this welsh language TV series which presented a very positive perspective of the site, the project and the local communities to Welsh speaking audiences across Wales and internationally.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Local Councillors Peter Bradbury and Elaine Simmons 
Organisation Cardiff Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Like Mark Drakeford AM, contact with local Councillors Peter Bradbury and Elaine Simmons, has been facilitated by ACE, Oliver Davis' placement there and through the CAER team's ongoing presence at a range of community events in the area (Ely Festival, Learning Showcases, School garden parties, ACE's AGM). These have allowed for an ongoing dialogue with both Councillors who have also visited both excavations.
Collaborator Contribution Local Councillors Peter Bradbury and Elaine Simmons, Caerau Electoral Division, have provided unwavering support to the project attending community meetings, events and facilitating CAER project activities within the Council and community contexts. They have also launched events including Ely Festival roadshow, Heritage Trail launch and co-produced films premiered at Caerau hillfort during the 2014 excavations. In addition, they have lobbied for signage to the Caerau hillfort site.
Impact Local Councillors Peter Bradbury and Elaine Simmons, Caerau Electoral Division, have provided unwavering support to the project attending community meetings, events and facilitating CAER project activities within the Council and community contexts. They have also launched events including Ely Festival roadshow and co-produced films premiered at Caerau hillfort during the 2014 excavations. In addition, they have lobbied for signage to the Caerau hillfort site.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Mary Immaculate High 
Organisation Mary Immaculate High School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Mary Immaculate High have participated in a number of CAER project activities including: excavation, geophysics, artwork and workshops delivered in schools. Partnership has predominantly been with the history teaching staff. CAER activities have not been embedded into the curriculum but pupils have participated in Digging Caerau excavations and the co-creation of tribal logos and a museum exhibition as part of enrichment and widening access initiatives.
Collaborator Contribution Teachers have contributed significant expertise and ideas and facilitated a range of CAER Projects including Tribal Logos, Museum Exhibition and Digging Caerau Excavations.
Impact Tribal Logo, Geophysical Survey and Archaeological Activities (March 2012) In March 2012, 30 pupils and 2 teachers from Mary Immaculate High were involved in a range of activities at the Caerau hillfort designed to interest and invest them in the site and conduct research. These activities included artefact analysis and Iron Age pottery workshops. Pupils participated directly in a geophysical survey of part of the site with an archaeological professional revealing the boundaries and houses of the ancient occupants of this place for the first time. Inspired by Iron Age artefacts they had seen at a field trip to the National History Museum, St Fagans, the pupils designed their own tribal symbols with professional artist, Paul Evans, and then scaled up these designs to land-art dimensions within the hillfort, using safe and biodegradeable tree bark. This activity proved very successful in both interesting and positively investing young people with the heritage of the site. The large eco-graffiti tribal logos subsequently gently biodegraded into the landscape and - significantly - were not disturbed by the groups of young people who regularly visit the site outside of school. School participation in Timeteam excavation and Programme (April, 2012). As a result of the above activities, Channel 4's Timeteam, with whom our School had been having negotiations, agreed to work in collaboration with the CAER project to undertake trial excavations and produce a programme about the hillfort. We negotiated for 10 local pupils (from three participating secondary schools, 4 from Mary Immaculate) and 3 local residents from the community to both participate in the excavation and appear on the programme. The overall benefits of this media intervention, generally, outweighed any short-term negative impacts. Indeed, these benefits were significant in terms of both research, raising the profile of the site and highlighting talent within the local communities. Community participants and the communities of Caerau and Ely more broadly, featured in a very positive light in the subsequent programme (which was broadcast nationally in January 2013). Timeteam episode viewing figures frequently exceed 1.5m in the UK alone and the programme is also broadcast in a number of other countries, giving wide exposure to both the communities and this little known archaeological site. CAER Project Exhibition (June 2012-February 2013) Following on from their involvement in geophysical survey, the creation of tribal logo artwork and Timeteam excavations 30 pupils from Mary Immaculate produced displays of artwork, models, creative writing and historical perspectives on the Iron Age. Their coursework made up an exhibition which was displayed at St Fagans National History Museum in June 2012. The exhibition was opened by Mark Drakeford, Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services and Sian Price, series director of Timeteam. In January and February 2013 we took this exhibition on tour - first we were invited to the Welsh Government's Senedd building in Cardiff Bay by Mark Drakeford and then travelled onto the Cardiff Story Museum in central Cardiff later in February 2013. The then heritage minister, Huw Lewis, opened the exhibition at Cardiff Story and also launched Digging Caerau, with the exhibition remaining on display at the museum for 4 weeks. Participating pupils and teachers from the respective schools attended all of these exhibition launches and teacher feedback has highlighted the benefits in terms of pupil enskilment and confidence building. It is estimated that over 1,500 visitors viewed the exhibition across the three locations, once again significantly raising the profile of community talent and heritage assets in Caerau and Ely within the wider Cardiff context. Digging Caerau Excavations (June-July 2013 and 2014) Mary Immaculate High pupils and teachers were directly involved with the excavations with several classes undertaking archaeological fieldwork activities. The same 30 pupils (as year 9 then year 10) visited the site, over the two years of excavations, and worked in small groups with professional staff as supervisors. They were actively involved with various different on-site activities from excavation, sieving and finds processing, to more creative activities such as making Iron Age pots. This class of pupils featured in an AHRC film about the CAER Project filmed during the 2013 excavations.
Start Year 2010
 
Description NMGW 
Organisation National Museum Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Museum has been central partner in CAER project's community co-production activities from the project outset; contributing staff time, significant resources and access to the museum's facilities, collections and education expertise. This has included co-production and involvement in funding bids, the facilitation of community involvement in the Museum's Bryn Eryr Iron-Age Farmstead reconstruction project as well as involvement in CAER exhibitions, workshop delivery and co-creation of heritage trails. The CAER academic team have therefore fostered a close collaborative working relationship with a range of museum staff (Steve Burrow, Ffion Fielding, Owain Rhys, Loveday Williams, Adam Gwilt, Ian Daniel) with regular meetings and more focussed involvement on funding bids and project activities.
Collaborator Contribution St Fagans National History Museum is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction with over 600,000 visitors annually. The Museum, which is located just 1.5 miles away from Caerau hillfort, has been central partner in CAER project's community co-production activities from the project outset; contributing staff time, significant resources and access to the museum's facilities, collections and education expertise. This has included co-production and involvement in funding bids, the facilitation of community involvement in the Museum's Bryn Eryr Iron-Age Farmstead reconstruction project as well as involvement in CAER exhibitions, workshop delivery and co-creation of heritage trails. The Museum's Iron-Age Demonstrator, Ian Daniel, was an integral team member on the HLF All our Stories Pathway to the Past Project and this involvement has subsequently developed into a sustainable partnership between North Ely Youth and Community Centre and the Museum to provide young people facing exclusion with new opportunities relating to heritage reconstruction. The National Museum Cardiff have also contributed expertise and equipment (including a wet sieve) and staff from both St Fagans and Cardiff have participated in community excavations.
Impact Tribal Logo Art Installation, March 2012 See school partners for details. http://caerheritageproject.com/projects/caer-logo-project/ CAER Project 1 day exhibition event, June 2012 and CAER Project 1 Month Exhibition, August 2012 in Oriel Un Gallery See school partners for details. http://caerheritageproject.com/projects/caer-heritage-exhibitions/ Pathway to the Past Mural, March 2013 (see CAER blog entries March 2013) Pathway to the Past was a CAER spin-off project funded by an All Our Stories HLF grant in collaboration with our community partners Action Caerau & Ely (ACE) - working with staff from the National History Museum, North Ely Youth and Community Centre and 10 local young people (aged between 14-16) experiencing exclusion from school. Over a period of several weeks the young people designed and co-created an Iron Age themed mural to signpost the trail. http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/ Celtic Village Excavation Digging Caerau 2013 started with a training excavation for local people at St Fagans National History Museum in May 2013. Recent redevelopment of the museum meant that the museum's 'Celtic Village' (made up of 3 reconstructed Iron Age roundhouses) was demolished. This provided an opportunity for local people to learn basic excavation skills on a 'replica' Iron Age site before encountering the real thing as part of an accredited adult learner's course. https://www.facebook.com/CAERHeritageProject?ref=bookmarks Photos and Iolo Exhibition, July 2014 (as part of Connected Communities Festival) Photos and Iolo was a CAER Heritage Project exhibition format that was developed and co-produced by artist Paul Evans with pupils from Glyn Derw High School, National Museum Wales staff Loveday Williams, Owain Rhys and Ian Daniel, and CAER Heritage Project directors Dave Wyatt and Oliver Davis. Consisting of a series of re-usable pop-up banners Photos and Iolo was an interactive experience that encouraged viewers to get involved with the images on display by searching for the bard Iolo (or Ian Daniel, the Museum's Celtic demonstrator) - photo-shopped into images of Caerau and Ely that were taken by local residents. Once the participants have found Iolo then they are encouraged to take part in a riddle competition. These Riddles were created by pupils from Glyn Derw High School. The images featured came from a Barnardos project which took place in Ely and Caerau in the 1980s. http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/ The Museum has facilitated ccommunity involvement in their on-going Bryn Eryr Iron-Age Farmstead reconstruction project. Social Science research on interactions between heritage professionals and community volunteers on this project is being undertaken by Dr Bella Dicks. https://www.facebook.com/CAERHeritageProject?ref=bookmarks#!/media/set/?set=a.766551610058157.1073741917.340199539360035&type=3
Start Year 2012
 
Description North Ely Youth Centre 
Organisation North Ely Youth Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The CAER team, including artist Paul Evans and Ian Daniel (Celtic demonstrator from the National Museum of Wales), worked with 3 Youth Workers from the Centre to develop and devise a programme of heritage themed trips and create an art installation with a small group of young people facing exclusion. This required a significant number of meetings and close collaboration during the course of this small project. Contact has been maintained with the Youth Centre and other groups of young people have subsequently participated in CAER community excavations and Iron Age reconstruction at St Fagans.
Collaborator Contribution North Ely Youth and Community Centre (Pethybridge) is a multipurpose centre that has been at the heart of its community for many years. The youth programme responds to national and local directives as well as to the identified needs of the neighbourhood's young people. Pethybridge Youth workers and a group of 10 young people excluded from school undertook a series of heritage field trips and street art workshops and participated in the co-creation of an Iron-Age themed mural marking the pathway to the past heritage trail which was later embedded into the wider HEART of Cardiff network of trails.
Impact Pathway to the Past is a CAER spin-off project funded by an All Our Stories HLF grant in collaboration with our community partners Action Caerau & Ely (ACE) - working with staff from the National History Museum, North Ely Youth and Community Centre and 10 local young people (aged between 14-16) experiencing exclusion from school. Over a period of several weeks the young people designed and co-created an Iron Age themed mural to signpost the trail. The mural was designed and developed by the young people during a series of intensive street-art workshops devised by Paul Evans, in close collaboration with St Fagan's Iron Age expert and artist Ian Daniel. To set the context, the young people visited the Iron Age reconstructed hillfort at Castell Henllys in West Wales. Here they engaged in two workshops devised by Paul. The first, a digital photography activity, was based on the micro-montages of street artist Slinkachu, and the other was a variation on eco-graffiti activities that Paul had used to effect during previous stages of the project. In this instance, the young people left their outlines on the side of the fort - a biodegradeable impression of their visit. Back at the youth centre, the young people engaged in two days of drawing workshops, generating letters and figures that Paul and Ian developed into finished designs for council approval. The young people were then given a choice of five designs based on their ideas and motifs - with Ian's design getting the vote. The mural design features two Iron Age Round houses, 'Ely beans' and graceful 'celto-graffiti' lettering spelling out the word Caerau (meaning 'hill-forts' in Welsh). The A4 sized mural design was then scaled to full size - over 15 metres in length - and painstakingly applied onto the underpass and in masonry paint. The young people from the youth centre participated in the painting and added their own graffiti 'tags'. The resulting artwork constituted a vivid, direct, contemporary connection to the pre-historic past and has been incorporated into the wider HEART of Cardiff Heritage trails network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Prof Marie Harder, Brighton University, Starting from Values Project 
Organisation University of Brighton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Marie Harder's Starting from Values team have delivered a 1 day workshop to evaluate core values of CAER Heritage
Collaborator Contribution 1 day co-production workshop
Impact A report on the workshop.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Professor Carenza Lewis 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Unearthing Utopias: reflections on participatory heritage projects within disdavantaged communities. The project created a short film that celebrated the connections between two projects that explore the heritage of marginalised communities. In order to create this film the CAER team helped to run two workshops on separate days in Caerau and Gainsborough - both workshops were devised and led by CAER artist Paul Evans and filmed by CAER film maker Viv Thomas.
Collaborator Contribution Carenza Lewis secured funding for the project and acted as PI. She facilitated contact and exchange visits and co-delivered the workshops. On going partnership discussions have resulted in proposed involvement of CAER team and local people in Carenza's Europe wide test pit archaeology project.
Impact Proposed involvement of CAER team and local people in Europe wide test pit archaeology project
Start Year 2018
 
Description RCAHMW 
Organisation Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Two RCAHMW staff interns assisted delivery of CAER project workshops over a one month period and were supervised by CAER co-director Oliver Davis. Oliver Davis maintains regular contact with RCAHMW professionals through his work with them on a seperate landscape project investigating the archaeology of Skomer Island.
Collaborator Contribution The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. It has the lead role in ensuring that Wales's archaeological, built and maritime heritage is authoritatively recorded, and seeks to promote the understanding and appreciation of this heritage nationally and internationally. It is also a lead partner on the People's Collection Wales project a website which draws together the digital collections of the main heritage institutions in Wales and where the HEART of Cardiff Digital trail resources reside. Two RCAHMW staff interns assisted delivery of CAER project workshops over a one month period and the Commission has contributed considerable expertise in survey and recording and use of its archival material, including its vast collection of photographs, plans, maps, reports, drawings and LIDAR survey results.
Impact RCAHMW co-ordinate the People's Collection Wales project a website which draws together the digital collections of the main heritage institutions in Wales - this is where the HEART of Cardiff Digital trail resources reside. Two RCAHMW staff interns assisted delivery of CAER project workshops over a one month period, these staff both produced blogs on their involvement in the CAER Project on the RCAHMW web site. The Commission has contributed considerable expertise in survey and recording and use of its archival material, including its vast collection of photographs, plans, maps, reports, drawings and LIDAR survey results. in particular the LIDAR informed both Timeteam and community excavations and co-produced exhibition outputs including a model of Caerau hillfort constructed by pupils from Mary immaculate High.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Unity 
Organisation Unity (Community Group)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The CAER team meet on a regular basis (at least bi-annually) with Unity president Janine to discuss CAER activities and the contribution that the group might make to the CAER project and vice-versa. This close collaborative partnership was instigated through ACE and Oliver Davis' placement there. It has been cemented by a series of events with the wider group held at Unity's compound near Caerau hillfort. These include a small heritage fair in 2013 and Unity cooking a meal for all participants during the 2014 excavation.
Collaborator Contribution Unity is a local residents group consisting of all ages located at the base of Caerau Hillfort. Unity have contributed greatly to the CAER project over two years with logistical support, loaned equipment and local expertise.They have also participated in CAER events and excavations and hosted bespoke informal outreach events to develop closer links with the CAER team and Caerau residents living in the shadow of the hillfort.
Impact Unity have contributed greatly to the CAER project over two years with logistical support, loaned equipment and local expertise.They have also participated in CAER events and excavations (including the Iron Age BBQ, 2013 and Big Lunch event, 2014) and have hosted bespoke informal outreach events to develop closer links with the CAER team and Caerau residents living in the shadow of the hillfort. These include a small heritage fair in 2013 and cooking a meal for the entire excavation team in July 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Wales and West Housing Association 
Organisation Wales & West Housing Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution During the development of the Hidden Hillfort Heritage Lottery Fund bid, Dave Wyatt and Dave Horton (ACE) met with Anne Hinchey, chief executive of Wales and West Housing association to discuss collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Anne Hinchey, chief executive of Wales and West Housing association has provisionally agreed to support and provide funds for the development of a Heritage themed playground as part of the Hidden Hillfort project's plans for a heritage centre at Caerau hillfort should the HLF development phase bid be successful.
Impact To be developed over 2017-18.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Engagement activities and Co-production are embedded into all activities on the CAER Heritage Project across the 4 grants. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Engagement activities and Co-production are embedded into all activities on the CAER Heritage Project across the 3 grants. It is therefore not feasible to list them all individually within the context of this Research Fish submission page and a number of the question categories above are not appropriate to these CAER engagements which are co-productive and not dissemination to 'audiences'. To gain a sense of the breadth of engagement activities on the CAER Heritage Project then please view the Collaboration/Partners and other output sections (including art and creative) or visit the CAER Heritage Project web Page at: http://caerheritageproject.com/ or Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/CAERHeritageProject.

See also NCCPE Judges comments on the overall project: 'However what marks this project out is the commitment to co-production in all elements of the project design and execution. The dig has provided a focal point for so many other things. From the outset the project's key objectives were to employ archaeology and history to develop educational opportunities and to challenge stigmas and marginalisation associated with these communities. The project has involved community participants in a varie
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://caerheritageproject.com