Last night at the Natural History Museum a Connected Communities project was the overall prizewinner of an NCCPE Engage Award, from 230 entries.
‘The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement have announced eight Engage Awards for 2014. These award winning projects remind us that far from being disengaged from society, researchers are engaging with the public in a host of innovative and effective ways. From inspiring young people with new advances in knowledge, to encouraging members of the public to contribute to research, university public engagement is thriving. Two of these projects are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The CAER Heritage Project has been award with the History and Heritage Award and The Prison Reading Groups has won the Art, Design and Culture award.
The CAER Heritage Project was also selected as the overall winner; this is collaborative research project between Cardiff University, Ely and Caerau Communities First, local schools and local residents. The project centres on one of Cardiff’s most important, but little-known, archaeological sites, Caerau Iron Age hillfort. Caerau hillfort is one of the largest and best preserved in South Wales. Recent excavations by the CAER Heritage Project team including more than 120 local volunteers showed that occupation started around 500BC and continued until at least the third century AD, well into the Roman period.
The suburbs of Caerau and Ely are two of Cardiff’s most deprived areas, facing significant social and economic problems. The CAER Heritage Project’s 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. From the outset the project’s key objectives have been to put local people at the heart of cutting-edge archaeological research, to develop educational opportunities and to challenge stigmas and unfounded stereotypes ascribed to this part of Cardiff.
To find out more about the project see the AHRC film; One fine day in Cardiff: the CAER Heritage Project.’