We believe in enhancing long-standing relationships with external audiences and beneficiaries and achieve this via a two-fold approach. We translate our research into impact by: (a) extending the reach of our research to non-academic audiences, and (b) working closely with national and regional organizations in the heritage and culture sector to ensure that they are fully aware of the results of recent research. The following summarise some of our recent research impacts.
Our 2011 excavations at Caerleon are a good example of knowledge transfer involving 61 volunteers, over 9000 visitors and, on the first weekend, an audience of over 500,000 viewed an online interactive digital reconstruction. The excavations featured in a Time Team episode, Digging for Britain (BBC2) and in the Story of Wales (BBC Wales).
Creative activities that use the past to stimulate artistic responses have become a major conduit for impact. The artist Paul Evans works closely with Jacqui Mulville on human/animal relationships, participated in Steve Mills’ work at Măgura, Romania and contributes to the CAER Heritage Project, Cardiff. Alan Lane’s excavations at Llangorse, Powys, inspired the production of an HLF funded opera, Island of Glass, by Theatr Soar in 2013.
Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Alasdair Whittle and Niall Sharples appeared on the BBC2 series The History of Ancient /Celtic Britain broadcast in 2011. Many of our staff have appeared as specialist commentators on Time Team and contributed to ITV’s Britain’s Secret Treasures series. Miranda Aldhouse-Green makes regular appearances on television programmes, including Human Sacrifice, Cold Case, Tony Robinson’s Superstitions and The Last of the Druids.
Cardiff Conservation Services, run by Phil Parkes, provides an essential facility for conservation in Wales and has received Cadw funding since it was established in 1993. Between 2008-2012 this provided services worth £155K to archaeological units, museums and heritage organisations throughout Britain. The Osteoarchaeological Research Group (directed by Jacqui Mulville) and the Graphical and Digital Illustration Unit (run by Ian Dennis) also provide services for regional and national bodies, such as Oxford Archaeology, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales (ACNMW) and Cadw.
Staff in our Materials Research Group help develop policy in the museum sector. David Watkinson was a member of the Heritage Science Forum Steering Committee implementing the House of Lords Report on Heritage Science and now serves on the National Heritage Science Forum Transitional Board. Jane Henderson is on the Welsh Government’s Museums Strategy steering group and is a Trustee of the Welsh Federation of Museums and Art galleries. Jane has developed projects with Welsh National and regional museums to examine Welsh national costume and as the co-investigator, Taxonomy and Taxidermy, is leading research on the natural science collections in Welsh museums.
Research impact case studies
The following two case studies are representative of some of the impact-related activities we undertake: