CAER Heritage

CAER Heritage volunteers mark out the remains of an Iron Age roundhouse

The Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project was started in 2011 and is a collaboration between ACE, Cardiff University, local schools, residents, community groups and many others. The project is focussed on working with local people to discover more about their local heritage which includes an Iron Age hillfort, a Neolithic causewayed enclosure, a medieval church (St. Mary’s) and ringwork castle, a Roman Villa and the remains of Cardiff’s racecourse.

Through involvement in the project, local people have been at the heart of archaeological and historical research, which has included activities such as geophysics, excavations, artefact analyses, exhibitions, art installations, films, heritage trails, performances, accredited courses and experimental archaeology. In 2018 ACE were awarded a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that has enabled us to expand CAER and explore the wider regeneration potential afforded by our incredible local heritage. This new phase, called CAER’s ‘Hidden Hillfort Project’ aims to work with local people to help tell the story of our community, to develop opportunities for learning, and to encourage heritage tourism and social enterprise. To find out more, click here

CAER Studio Project

Following the success of the award-winning Caer Heritage Project, CAER Studio is a one year AHRC funded project that will lead to the development of a series of creatively co-produced art objects and craft items inspired by the history and heritage of the community of Caerau and Ely in South West Cardiff. Local people will have the chance to get involved in a range of artistic activities, inspired by the knowledge and artefacts gained from archaeological excavations at Caerau Hillfort.

The CAER Collective, a cohort of local artists, will hold workshops and events over 2018 at which residents can come along and get creative, while developing new skills and learning more about the history of their community.

For more information – Caer Studio Project

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