Public Relations Department

Scope and Content

Papers of the Public Relations Department of the National Coal Board and the British Coal Corporation and other papers relating to public relations. Includes: colliery profiles published by the National Coal Board providing general information on collieries in the South Wales area; manuscript notes providing historical information on individual collieries and Licensed Mines; leaflets and booklets for individual collieries and National Coal Board services; press releases and material used to prepare for press briefings; a small number of colliery newsletters and an annual report for the National Coal Board, South Wales Area, 1978-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

Until 1965 public relations came under the general control of the central secretariat, but in that year a separate department was formed with the aim of promoting the reputation of the coal industry among customers and potential customers as well as the public and those seeking careers in the industry.

[Information taken from The National Archive Catalogue, COAL 32, accessed 30 May 2017.]


Original order reconstructed.

Custodial History

This subfonds is made up of material deposited by the National Coal Board and the British Coal Corporation. This material has been brought together from the following accessions: DNCB/45 (acc. no: 1985/233) DNCB/67 (no accession number identified) 1991/548 (no previous DNCB reference number)

The previous reference number for each item is listed in its individual catalogue entry.