Eddie Butler describes the contribution of David Davies to the south Wales coal industry. Davies, a super-rich industrialist in the 19th century sunk pits in Treorci and built Barry docks - supplying Welsh coal to the Royal Navy and across the empire. The clip also features stories from the Cardiff Coal Exchange where the first ever million pound cheque was signed, and looks at early multiculturalism in the city.
Students could research how coal barons such as David Davies amassed such vast personal fortunes. Learners could be asked to explain why the Cardiff Coal Exchange deserves its place in world history and could try to find contemporary cities equivalent to Cardiff during its heyday. Pupils could explore the connection between the booming south Wales coal industry and the influx of migrants from around the world.