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Roman Diff’Fusion

A co-produced project using Cardiff’s ancient past to provide learning opportunities for young people.

Within housing estates on the western edge of Cardiff are two 2,000 year old treasures from the ancient world: Ely Roman Villa and Caerau Hillfort. The Villa, situated in Trelai recreation field, was built by a Roman following their invasion of South Wales in 74 AD. In Caerau, there is an impressive Iron-Age hillfort whose residents inhabited this part of Wales before the Romans arrived. This ancient history provides an opportunity to consider power relations, community interactions and issues relating to migration – both past and present.

Roman ‘Diff’Fusion brings together young people from Ely and Caerau and young people from Grangetown and Riverside – communities that face many similar challenges. Working alongside youth workers, creatives and academics, young people will create a new ‘Diff‘Fusion community to discover a forgotten history of Cardiff while co-creating art and a performance event that looks to the future.

Project lead

Dr David Wyatt

Dr David Wyatt

Reader in Early Medieval History

+44 (0)29 2087 0404

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