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Search for Cardiff museum ideas
A tram running through Queen Street
Museum project staff are already looking at possible themes
People in Cardiff are to be asked what they would like to see in a new museum planned to chart the city's history.

Famed for its castle, port and Brains beer, researchers are looking at building up a collection for the museum which could be formed in four years.

Residents will be asked what they want exhibited at the 4m museum, planned for the old library in The Hayes.

The museum idea follows three temporary exhibitions about Cardiff's last 100 years which attracted 48,000 people.

50AD:The Romans build fort on the site of what is now Cardiff Castle
1595: The first cargo of coal was exported from Cardiff
During the Civil War, Charles I visited Cardiff
1857: The last public execution in Cardiff on July 25
1859: Cholera killed 374 Cardiffians
The area of land known as Wood Street was once called Temperance Town
1884: First rugby match played at Cardiff Arms Park between Wales and Ireland
1893: Ivor Novello was born
1905: Cardiff was made a city
1950: The last Cardiff tram made its final journey

Cardiff Council has asked staff working on the museum project to research themes and content and to start building the collections.

Nigel Howells, the council's executive member for sport, leisure and culture, said that funding would allow research and development for the first year but admitted that extra money would be needed.

He said: "We can't create this museum alone. We will need further financial input to make it happen and we will be talking to potential partners about how they can help.

"But more importantly we need the participation of the people of Cardiff and I'm sure that they will respond generously when we ask for their ideas of what they'd like to see in their museum.

"We will also be asking them to share their stories and memories with us."

Sally Edwards Hart, of the council's marketing and visitors services team, said that a Cardiff museum would also be a tourist attraction.

"While it will obviously be of interest to local people, over the years our research has shown that visitors would also like to visit a museum about Cardiff," she said.



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