Communities First Clusters

During 2015, MADU carried out an exercise on behalf of NAS/Cadw to investigate the possibilities of engaging people living in five South Wales Communities First Cluster Areas with their local Maritime Heritage Sites.

Communities First is a Welsh government initiative aimed at tackling poverty and narrowing the economic, education/skills, and health gaps between the most deprived and more affluent areas in Wales. The five areas to which this exercise was applied were:

Pembrokeshire
Carmarthenshire
Vale of Glamorgan
Cardiff STAR
Cardiff East

The exercise was in two parts:                                                                                        1.        A desk based study to identify Maritime Historical and Archaeological Sites within the five Communities First Cluster Areas.                                                                       2.        To liaise with the managers of the clusters in an attempt to identify how it may be possible to engage people living within their respective areas in the identified sites.

The conclusion of the exercise was the production of a report: Study to Investigate the Possibility of using Maritime Heritage Sites to Create Community Archaeological Projects withing Communities First Cluster Areas of South Wales.

Barry No. 1 Dock Hydraulic Pumping Station, now restored as a cafe, restaurant and gym. Barry Docks Sea Lock with a 21st century Solar Farm in the background.

Barry No. 1 Dock Hydraulic Pumping Station, now restored as a cafe, restaurant and gym.

Barry Docks Sea Lock with a 21st century Solar Farm in the background.

An anchor outside the Pembroke Haven Yacht Club, at the eastern end of Milford Haven with a 21st century wind farm in the background. A cannon pointing toward the road bridge between Pembroke Dock and Neyland at the eastern end of Milford Haven.

An anchor outside the Pembroke Haven Yacht Club at the eastern end of Milford Haven, with a 21st century wind farm in the background.

A cannon pointing toward the road bridge between Pembroke Dock and Neyland at the eastern end of Milford Haven.