WISERD academic assisting with community project

Dr Kate Moles is working closely with Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion on the Heart of Cardiff Heritage Walk

Dr Moles has teamed up with colleagues in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion on the CAER Heritage Project to develop a heritage walk from the Caerau Hillfort to the new Iron Age village at St Fagans Museum.

The walk will involve working with local young people and a local artist to develop a route that will incorporate eco graffiti and literature to tell the story of Ely and St Fagans’ past.

Researchers are currently working with Ely and Caerau Communities First, local residents and local schools on the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council), based in West Cardiff.   The aim of the project is to explore the history and archaeology of the Cardiff suburbs of Caerau and Ely from prehistory through to the modern day, helping to connect communities with their heritage and develop educational opportunities.

The construction of the walk is due to commence over the summer months and Dr Moles recently took part in the Ely Festival on 13th July to engage with locals on the development of the route.

Dr Moles’ involvement in the project came on the back of her work on the production of audio walks for the Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod and Sounding the Way (involving young men in Grangetown).

‘My research interests lie in place, identity, young people and heritage so naturally I was drawn to this project,’ say Dr Moles, ‘It will be a significant indication of public perception of Ely and will hopefully demonstrate the unique access to natural resources in these areas.’

The walk will be launched in the autumn.  For more details on the project click here.

Click here to view images from the Ely Festival.