The CAER Heritage Project (a partnership between Cardiff University and ACE) have launched the ‘CAER Young Peoples’ Opportunities Project’. Young people from Michaelston Community College have accessed an exciting array of short term placements and opportunities with Cardiff University and other project partners. Each student received tailored support to explore their aspirations, identify their particular needs, and to make the most of the new opportunities on offer, including engaging with their local history, heritage and community through exciting research projects and activities.
Positive feedback from activities included the Welsh Government’s Pioneer Fusion Project, and taster day at St Fagans museum with an introduction to ‘Geocaching’ (a digital hide and side game using GPS). The skills they have learned have helped set up a trial geocache trail which was piloted at the Friends of St Marys Church Big Picnic event on Saturday 7th May. The event was a huge success, with over 80 in attendance and over 50 participating in the geocaching activity. We are now working with the group and volunteers to plan a more permanent trail.
There are also two other CAER Heritage Projects to get involved in this summer.
First, the ‘Dusty’s First World War Project’ working with local residents and school pupils to research the early 20th century history of an iconic Ely building – the Dusty Forge. Starting in June, it will include the creation of community mural at the Dusty.
Secondly, the ‘CAER Model Village Project’ will undertake archaeological research into Ely’s medieval past, exploring the history of the north Ely housing estate. An animated film, co-produced with local people will explore visions of settlement in Ely and Caerau, past, present and future.
If you are interested and want to take part in of these projects, then contact Kimberley (ACE/CAER Heritage Project) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can drop in to the Dusty Forge and leave your contact details or email: CAER@cardiff.ac.uk.
And for information go to caerheritageproject.com/ or follow CAER Heritage of Facebook.
(Photo: Vivian Thomas)