National Coal Board, South Wales Area files relating to West Glamorgan collieries

Scope and Content

Departmental records of the National Coal Board, South Wales Area relating to the West Glamorgan area, 1939-1991, comprising Legal Department files relating to the Margam New Mine Project, 1984-1988; Estates Department files relating to the acquisition and disposal of NCB land and planning, 1939-1991; Secretary's correspondence and Finance Department files, 1948-1991; Mining Department files relating to proposed developments to, or the reorganisation of, existing mines, 1950-1987; files relating to health and safety and absenteeism at Blaenant Colliery, 1982-1990.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Coal Board (NCB) was set up under the Coal Nationalisation Act 1946. From 1 January 1947 it had sole responsibility for managing the British coal industry. In its administrative organisation the NCB was divided geographically and departmentally. The collieries of the former county of West Glamorgan lay within the South Wales Area. The NCB became British Coal in 1986 and was dissolved in 1994. The work of the South Wales Area's departments included the purchase and sale of land for the extension of, or access to, mines; the creation of new mines and the reorganisation or closure of existing ones.


Arranged into the following: Legal Department; Estates Department; Secretary's correspondence, including Finance Department; Mining Department; Personnel Department.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Files from the National Coal Board South Wales Area relating to collieries in West Glamorgan, 1939-1990.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

Information not available

Custodial History

These records were previously stored in the NCB South Wales Area Records Centre. The South Wales Area records have been divided between the relevant South Wales record offices.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Other records of the National Coal Board, South Wales Areas are in West Glamorgan Archives Service, Glamorgan Record Office and Gwent Record Office.

Geographical Names