I learned something new today.
During my visit to the Butetown History and Arts Centre, I discovered photographer Bert Hardy, thanks to the lovely lady perched behind the desk.
I've only known the Bay since my move here in 2006, so I can only imagine the amount of history and culture I'm missing out on. To be honest, I think I'd prefer Tiger Bay to its glossy Disney successor, after wistfully gazing at Bert Hardy's photo depiction of Cardiff life which hang on the centre's walls.
After commenting about how I love portraits, but "hate photos of trees and stuff" (I really shouldn't be let out of the house), she helpfully motioned me to the corner bookshelf where she pulled out a few books, one showcasing Bert Hardy's portraits, and the other featuring photos of the area's Somali population taken by the Centre's Director, Glenn Jordan.
Unfortunately, I dropped in as the centre was undergoing a refurbishment, so I was only allowed to browse through the ground floor room, which was a shame, but like any promising prospect, I came away wanting more.
Best of all, it's FREE!
If you're looking to spend a day in Cardiff Bay be sure to stop by the Butetown Historical centre - reminisce about how Tiger Bay used to look and the trade boom that came with industrialisation. Lots of beautiful art work and information points available.
Sadly often overlooked due to it's dodgy locale, but worth straying off the beaten track to check out.
Butetown History and Arts Centre is situated in the heart of Cardiff's old docklands (the best part) and unfortunately often over looked by the new Bay .
This History and Arts Centre provides lots of information and videos on the history and life of people who actually lived in the area. You can also see the meteoric changes that have happened over the last ten or twenty years in the area. This place is well worth a visit as it documents important sociological information about an era that has been bulldozed to make way for all the new buildings which now dominate the area.
Like your local history? Butetown History and Art Centre is a thriving community hub that collects, preserves and presents the lived history of Cardiff Docklands and the Bay area. They put on exhibitions and produce books that draw on the photos, documents, and oral histories of local people.
The BHAC archive has expanded thanks to heaps of community interest and activity and now includes informal family snaps, proud photos of home and jobs, formal studio portraits and images of celebrated personalities. Material has also been donated from local industries, shipping firms and companies that made their fortunes in Butetown and the Docks. All these images provide a colourful insight of a time when Cardiff Bay was known to the world over as Tiger Bay.
The BHAC also organise talks and walks about the area as well as community education courses and works with schools and community groups.
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