We had a fabulous day for the Glyn Derw High School Garden Party yesterday – it was great to see so many people there, and we had such great weather for it! There was such a lot going on at the Garden Party as usual, and it was great to be a part of it. A big thank you to the organisers for inviting us, and the amazing panini-makers, and those on the tea/coffee table for keeping us fed and watered throughout the day! It was great to have a wander round when not making Iron Age clay pots or supervising the wannabe Roman Soldiers. There was so much to see and do and some great groups were represented. It was great to chat to local people who had a lot of knowledge about the history of the community and were happy to share memories and thoughts with us – looking forward to seeing you at the dig!

We rocked up in our “I Dig Caerau” T-shirts, which (bizarrely) got their own mention in the Times Higher Education article on the NCCPE Competition.

As the NCCPE commented on the THEd article regarding the project’s win:

The competition finalists covered a wide range of public engagement with research projects. You can check them out at: www.publicengagement.ac.uk//work-with-us/competition/competition-finalists
The CAER project fought off tough opposition to win the overall award. Judges said this project ‘had it all’ and were impressed it offered opportunities for community members and researchers to co-produce knowledge.


This year we are working just as hard to co-produce knowledge – the dig is starting soon and even Fred the Meerkat wants to get involved!




We are starting the dig on the 30th June. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, just like last year, and we are going to be showcasing the project and telling you more at various events. Look out for us at the Connected Communities event in Cardiff Bay on the 1st and 2nd July – we will be there to tell you in person all about it!


Everyone is invited to come and visit and get involved in the dig while it’s in progress to help unearth the hidden history of Caerau and Ely from 2000 years ago – there’s opportunities to:

  • Sign up for a FREE Live Local Learn Local course in Archaeological Skills (pre-enrolment required)
  • Earn Time Credits for any time you give helping with the archaeological work
  • Come up and visit to learn more about the amazing history of Caerau and Ely

The dig will be taking place in the field next to St Mary’s Church. The dig will be open to visitors 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

We will also be at Western Leisure Centre for the Ely and Caerau Learning Showcase on the 26th June, so come along to that too! If you’re planning on going, do come and visit us!  See you there!