Dinorwic Quarry Accident Book

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Accident book, Dinorwic Quarry, 1908-1968. Includes a significant number of serious and fatal accidents.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dinorwic Slate Quarry operated at Llanberis in Gwynedd (formerly Caernarfonshire), a town that developed because of the slate-quarrying industry. Commercial quarrying began at the Dinorwic slate quarries in the early nineteenth century and was at its peak between 1850 and 1910, employing over 3,000 men. Railways worked by dozens of small steam locomotives transported slate to the sea at a harbour known as Port Dinorwig (now Y Felinheli). Health and safety conditions at the quarry were far from ideal resulting in a significant number of serious and fatal accidents. Economic conditions forced the quarry's closure in 1969 and it is now the site of a major tourist attraction commemorating the quarry and its workers.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ian Jones, Finance Department, University of Wales, Bangor.

Note

Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference number: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 31767

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.