wales238Caroline Langley, researcher (via the CUROP initiative) on the BAVS2016 Arcades Tour, has been blogging about her work on the history of Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades. Interested to learn more about the mystery of Cardiff’s ‘royal’ baby, or crime in the Cardiff Arcades? Carrie has a short post on each.

Below is an excerpt from ‘Changing Forms of Retail in the Arcades’:

There are similarities between the type of goods that are sold in the arcades in Cardiff today and those that were sold in 1909. The arcades were filled with milliners, drapers and dressmakers selling items which are in many ways similar to the items sold in clothes shops today. Despite this, however, the Cardiff Directory from 1909 suggests a completely different approach to retail with a far bigger emphasis on the individuals who own the businesses than we see now.


There’s still time to join Martin Willis, Ruth McElroy, and Caroline Langley for a series of Cardiff Arcades tours. The tours will take place on September 1st (day two of BAVS 2016) at 1.45pm and 2.30pm, starting at Castle Arcade. They take around 40 minutes. More information can be found in our original post, and you can book your place here (limited availability):

If you can’t make it on the tour, or if you’re looking to whet your appetite in advance of the conference, you can read more at: Carrie will continue to update the blog over the coming weeks.