BAME Seafarers in the First World War – Tiger Bay Research

Men in the Sailors Rest, Tiger Bay.

Following the success of the PTUC/Gateways to the First World War #BAMEseaWW1 workshop earlier in the year, it is fantastic to witness this previously under-explored area of history garnering more attention. One initiative which is having great success in engaging with the public and highlighting the important role played by Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) seafarers in the war effort is the Prosiect Llongau-U (U-Boat Project) by the Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru (CBHC) / Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW).

As part of a broader HLF Wales project to research the sunken U-Boats off the Welsh coast the team are working in partnership with the Heritage and Cultural Exchange to highlight the influence of this history on Cardiff’s Tiger Bay area. The Bute Town and Cardiff Docks area, which became known as Tiger Bay, was the centre for Wales’s maritime coal trade. The area attracted a diverse multicultural community which shaped its character. The project aims to encourage community groups to research their history and add to the knowledge of Tiger Bay and its people during the First World War.

Interested in getting involved? Information on the project, including events, can be found here: Tiger Bay_RCAHMW and HCE project.

You can visit the Tiger Bay and the World Website

Follow the projects on Twitter: Prosiect Llongau-U @LlongauUBoat ‏ and Tiger Bay and the World @TigerBayWorld


Further information on researching BAME Seafarers in the First World War:

We have created resources in order to help inspire further research:

Find out more about the BAME Seafarers in the First World War workshop and our continuing research:

Read PTUC’s Jenna Twyford-Jones’s article on the significance of Tiger Bay to the study of Port Towns and Urban Cultures.

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