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11 May 2012
The ‘Sounding the Way: Audio Walking in Cardiff’s Urban Neighbourhoods’ project was funded in 2010 by the Beacon for Wales and led by Dr Kate Moles at Cardiff University and Dr Angharad Saunders at the University of Glamorgan. As part of the project, residents of Grangetown in Cardiff were encouraged to explore their neighbourhood through producing audio walks. An audio walk can include information, stories, music and other tracks relevant to an area, which listeners follow on an mp3 as they walk around Grangetown is one of the more deprived areas within the immediate vicinity of Cardiff city centre, with a high population of young people who don’t typically engage in their local area. The project had the idea of engaging young people in producing audio walks about their communities, about where they like to go. The work involved enrolling the young people not just as participants in producing audio walks, but as active contributors, developers, researchers and producers.
Dr Moles, of Cardiff University’s Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods, said: "Audio walks allow people to share their stories, memories, and knowledge of the area, empowering them as community stakeholders and authorities on their locality. Walking is an act of exploration; it enables us to access the secret, often marginalised, yet everyday textures of the city."The work also involved intergenerational interactions, with young people working with older people in the exploration of their shared neighbourhood, empowering the residents and making them engage with and think about their areas in new and exciting ways. The maps and audio walks that have been produced are now available to the entire community as a resource to use and enjoy. The event next week will launch these resources and attendees will have the opportunity to listen to the audio walks, watch a film about the project and read the audio walk guide. The launch event is open to everyone and takes place on Monday May 14th at 3.30pm at The Deck Coffee House, Harrowby Street, Cardiff. -ENDS- Further informationDr Kate MolesMolesk@cf.ac.uk 029 2087 5155Notes to Editors1. More information about the Audio Walks research project can be found here: http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/research/completed-projects/sounding-the-way-audio-walking-in-cardiffs-urban-neighbourhoods/
2. The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) was established in 2008. Funded in its first phase by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), WISERD draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography, political science and many more. The Institute is based within the five Universities that make up the St David’s Day Group in Wales: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea.www.wiserd.ac.uk
3. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities. The University website is at: www.cardiff.ac.uk .
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