Aberfan Disaster

Scope and Content

Comprising files concerning evidence supplied at the Aberfan tribunal, files concerning subsidence damage and claims for damages as a result of the disaster and papers concerning the contouring/removal of the tips at Aberfan.

Administrative / Biographical History

On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan. On the 26 October 1966, after resolutions by both Houses of Parliament, the Secretary of State for Wales, Cledwyn Hughes, appointed a Tribunal to inquire into the causes of, and circumstances relating to, the Aberfan disaster. [Source: http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/tri.htm (accessed 7 Apr 2017)].

Related Material

For further papers relating to the Aberfan Disaster within the National Coal Board Collection see: DNCB/1/1, DNCB/4/1, DNCB/6/4/1 and DNCB/9/1/1.