Children from Caerau and Ely will design a new heritage trail across Caerau Iron Age hillfort after being awarded almost £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Fifteen young people will work with community enterprise Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) on the Pathways to the Past Project, which has been given £9,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories grant programme.
The project will see 15 young people create a heritage trail across the hillfort in an effort to get more people to learn about and connect with the little-known historic site, which was the subject of an excavation by the experts of Channel 4’s Time Team in April. They found 3,000-year-old homes and artefacts on the 12-acre site.
The children will visit a reconstructed Iron Age settlement in Castell Henllys in Pembrokeshire to learn more about Iron Age life, as well as working with experts from Cadw, the National Museum of Wales, and Cardiff University, to design an Iron Aged-themed mural for the wall of the underpass that leads to the hillfort, as well and signs and information to be placed around the site.
They will also help to clear undergrowth and litter from the area, and keep a record of their work through different types of digital media for the ACE website.
The finished project will be launched in the summer with a one-day Iron Age festival, where the children will cook Iron Age recipes.
Dave Horton, senior community development worker at Action in Caerau and Ely, said: “The communities of Ely and Caerau have a fascinating history. Living here today it is easy to feel that you are on the edge of the city and that others hold negative perceptions of your community.
“The interesting thing about Caerau hillfort is that it was the centre of power and influence during the Iron Age period. We’re particularly excited about the potential of this project to bring people together and encourage them to take pride in their local history.
“Pathways to the Past will build on work already undertaken by local people and Cardiff University in the Caerau and Ely Rediscovering Heritage Project (CAER). It will enable the most marginalised in our communities to get involved in conserving this significant site, while also raising awareness of the hillfort among the wider population of Cardiff and South Wales.
“This project will make a huge impact locally and we’re delighted to have received an All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
The All Our Stories grant programme was developed alongside BBC2 series The Great British Story, with the aim of encouraging more people to get involved in their local heritage by making it easier to apply for small grants.
Launched in April, it has been so popular the Heritage Lottery Fund has quadrupled the amount of cash originally available, and has now supported 31 projects across Wales.