Tiger Bay and the World

To be situated in the elegant Exchange Hotel in Butetown, The Heritage & Cultural Exchange will house collections detailing Butetown's unique history and Tiger Bay's rich maritime history to show and to tell the stories of immigrants and migrants to Wales.


An archive has grown from community interest and activity over more than a decade. Informal family snaps, proud photos of home and jobs, formal studio portraits and images of celebrated personalities all form part of the collection.

On this foundation the collection has expanded with material from local industries, shipping firms and companies that made their fortunes in Butetown and the Docks. All these images provide a kaleidoscope of a time when Cardiff Bay was known to the world over as Tiger Bay.

In addition to the photo-archive, the collection includes:

  • Audio taped oral recollections from Butetown’s older residents and former residents, including 150 life histories
  • Video taped life history recollections
  • A collection of old documents and artefacts, e.g. seamen’s discharge papers, passports, immigration cards, ration books, boarding house ledgers
  • A small library of pertinent books, reports and theses

The archive and collection will be an invaluable resource for educational and research purposes for generations to come.

Tiger Bay - Preserving the Stories

Our archive is not well sorted or cataloged. A successful application to Heritage Lottery Fund allows us to put in place the project "Tiger Bay - Preserving the Stories" which will means that not only can this be put right but also more stories can be collected. More information can be found in Tiger Bay Times - here

The project, starting in January 2019, will engage a Community Collections Officer, who assisted by a team of volunteers will tidy up and record the collection.

Community Collection Officer

Applications for this post closed on 8 February 2019


If you are interested in helping with this project, complete the form below and we will be in touch.