Legal Department

Scope and Content

Papers of the Legal Department of the National Coal Board and the British Coal Corporation, comprising papers compiled and/or consulted by the National Coal Board during and after the Aberfan Tribunal, papers concerning scientific research undertaken in preparation for cases relating to pneumoconiosis claims, papers concerning the sale of the freehold of the site of Nantgarw colliery, files concerning industrial relations and documents relating to Briquetting Plant, Port Talbot.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Legal Department of the National Coal Board served the board itself, and advised its subsidiary and associated undertakings in respect of estates, conveyancing and commercial work, litigation and arbitration, and parliamentary advice.

[Information taken from The National Archive Catalogue, COAL 27, accessed 30 May 2017.]


Original order reconstructed.

Custodial History

This subfonds is made up of material deposited by the British Coal Corporation. This subfonds has been brought together from the following accessions: DNCB/58 (acc no: 1996/135) DNCB/67 (no accession identified) DNCB/Box 1-44; 46-48 (Aberfan Tribunal material) and DNCB/Box 49-63 (Nantgarw material) (no accession number has been identified for this material, however letters in Glamorgan Archives Depositor file D55/11/1C suggest that the material was presented in 1996). 1991/548 (no previous DNCB reference number)

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