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Home / Latest News / Tiger Bay’s history preserved as arts Butetown History and Arts centre is moving.
Butetown history and arts centre

Tiger Bay’s history preserved as arts Butetown History and Arts centre is moving.

The heritage of Cardiff’s iconic Tiger Bay looks set to be preserved in a new arts centre.

In May, the Butetown History and Arts Centre announced they would have to close as funding had dried up.

But they asked for help finding somewhere to store their archives.

Their archive contains items including recordings from people who were residents in Tiger Bay at the start of the 20th century.

They were made from the 1980s onwards and include memories which go right back to the heyday of the docks.

But they have now been offered a new home inside the redeveloped Coal Exchange.

Co-owner of Signature Living Lawrence Kenwright met with chairwoman Gaynor Legalle to offer a space inside the building.

‘Delighted’

Butetown History and Arts CentreThe plan is to convert the building into a hotel and events space, but with dedicated space for a museum and heritage unit.

The new home for the art centre will also include a new workspace as well as a meeting place for the local community.

Mr Kenwright said: “The history of Butetown and Tiger Bay is incredibly important and needs to be preserved so I am delighted to have helped find a new home for the History and Arts Centre within our Coal Exchange hotel development. There is no better place for it.

“Gaynor and her colleagues have done a tremendous job collating all of this important history over the years and it must keep alive for future generations.

I said when we acquired the Coal Exchange that the local community would be at the heart of what we do and this is one way of Signature Living fulfilling that commitment. All of the team on the site right now are very excited about getting to work on giving a new lease of life to the Coal Exchange and with that, celebrating Cardiff’s rich history.”

They hope to open the hotel by March 2017, which is when the new arts centre would be unveiled.

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