Project information

Tiger Bay Tales

Through our fantastic outreach programme, the Centre changes lives. We extend horizons, giving people of all ages access to the arts via a range of community projects. Tiger Bay Tales will unearth and share recollections of the diverse community of Tiger Bay and its fascinating social history.

September 2014 - November 2015

Charity information

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru

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  • Need


    This project will permanently capture the rich, diverse and spirited history of Tiger Bay which lies within a shared ‘square mile’ of Wales Millennium Centre, before living memory is inevitably lost and further capital development changes the dynamic of the area. The physical heritage has changed and much has been lost. The heritage that remains within the stories and recollections of the community is at risk due to age, fragmentation and dispersement.


    Local primary school children will be trained in interview techniques and supplied with digital recorders to collect stories (promoting intergenerational interaction), while a steering committee will facilitate community involvement through leafleting and events. Tiger Bay Tales will have 3 outcomes: 1) A physical Blue Plaque Trail, linked to a free-to-download app with an interactive map 2) Viewing Pods, permanently located in various venues across Cardiff. 3) A microsite as an online database

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Capturing local oral heritage via a) a ‘Blue Plaque’ Trail, b) interactive pods and c) a website.


    » Gather 20 audio and digital stories linked to places of interest to create the Trail, develop an app and interactive map (and paper version).
    » Design and create updateable Viewing Pods, featuring audio and touch screens, and install in locations across Cardiff, including 2 at the Centre.
    » Develop a microsite as an online archive and as a central portal to promote the project, list events, and market the phone app.

    Success will include the involvement of around 100 school children, researching and recording a minimum of 30 stories for the Trail, Pods and microsite.

    Aim 2

    New skills and intergenerational interaction for school children through interviewing training.


    » Radio Cardiff will deliver workshops on audio interview techniques to Grangetown, St Mary’s and Mount Stuart Primary Schools.
    » Recording equipment will be made available for the children to borrow, to capture stories from their families and neighbours.

    Success will involve training up to 100 school children in interview techniques, encouraging literacy skills, storytelling and journalism, and oral history.

    Aim 3

    Improving the existing perception of Butetown, and community cohesion in the area.


    » Use ‘Tiger Bay Tales’ to draw visitors through Butetown, increase interest in the area, and encourage dialogue within the community.

    Success will be indicated by a minimum of 1000 Trail and Pod users within the first year, from within the immediate community, Cardiff and national / international visitors.

  • Impact


    Tiger Bay Tales seeks to safeguard the oral heritage of its residents; stories that simply will not be recorded without this time-critical project. As Wales’s most highly visited destination, with over 1.5 million visitors every year, we are well placed to offer access to the heritage of the area for a large and broad mix of people. Success will be defined by an increasing number of users per year, and engaging with educational bodies (UK and beyond) to sharing the historical learning.


    The Butetown community is warm and welcoming but also occasionally wary of ‘outsiders’ and to establish trust, a Steering Committee is being established comprised of key, respected and trusted community figures from Butetown. The Committee will help shape the project by organising local events and distributing marketing materials, to facilitate community involvement. They will also actively collect stories, through their own networks and contacts.


    Prior to the launch of Tiger Bay Tales, funders will receive a full update on progress of the project, including the skill progression of the children involved, more information about the Blue Plaque Trail and how they can access Tiger bay Tales to enjoy for themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Digital outputs Design, content and construction of touch-screen technology
      £3,600 Publicity Design and print of all materials, 4 x community events
      £8,000 Equipment Story Pods: 2 Permanent and 2 Portable Pods
      £2,600 Education Interview Technique Training and development of Online Educational Resource
      £1,800 Documentation Professional Filming and Photography of stories and the project
      £1,000 Evaluation Project Evaluation and Impact Report
  • Background


    At its peak, Cardiff Docks was one of the largest dock systems in the world; in 1907, 9 million tonnes of coal were exported. This project will permanently capture the rich, diverse and spirited history of Tiger Bay which lies within a shared ‘square mile’ of Wales Millennium Centre, before living memory is inevitably lost and further capital development changes the dynamic of the area.


    Participants, facilitators and end-users of the project will all have the opportunity to learn more about the personal heritage of the area. Children from Primary Schools, acting as facilitators will learn about the communities of Tiger Bay directly from the residents, offering an educational, intergenerational opportunity. It is hoped that the Trail will become a landmark activity, which is sought out by visitors to the area, keen to
    learn more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As Wales’s number 1 visitor attraction, many of the 1.5 million annual visitors are interested in taking a guided tour of the building, and will be encouraged to continue exploring the area at the end of the tour, through the distribution of Blue Plaque Trail maps. The pods will also enrich the experience of the many visitors to Wales Millennium Centre every year, connecting the venue to its community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jason Camilleri

    Creative Learning Manager: supported by, a team that delivers education and outreach activity to more than 16,000 people per year.