Personal Collections photographs - Dai Dan Evans

Scope and Content

Photographs of Dai Dan Evans individually, with groups of people and on a visit to Poland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dai Dan Evans was born in Cae'rlan, Swansea Valley in 1898. He left school at fourteen to work in the pit as a collier's assistant. He was a pacifist and conscientious objector during World War I and joined the Independent Labour Party in 1916 and the Communist Party in the early 1920s. After spending some time working in North America, he was deported and returned to South Wales as the 1926 General Strike began. He became active in trade unionism and helped revive the Amalgamated Anthracite Combine Committee in 1931. From 1934 he served as a member of the executive committee of the South Wales Miners' Federation and became Miners Agent from 1937 to 1943. In 1943 he became Chief Administrative Officer for the National Union of Mineworkers and General Secretary, South Wales Area from 1958 to 1963. He took a great interest in the educational and cultural development of the miners and mining areas and worked hard to improve educational opportunities. He was also instrumental in establishing the Miners' Eisteddfod and the Miners' Gala.He died in 1974.