South Wales Coalfield Portrait photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 217 SWCC:PHO/PORT
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1900 - c 1995
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      231 photographs.

Scope and Content

Includes portraits of people associated with the coalfield, politicians, aristocrats and world leaders.

Administrative / Biographical History

No information known/available at time of compilation

Access Information

Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.


This is an artificial collection. The photographs were collected in the South Wales Coalfield History Project, and originally held at the South Wales Miners' Library where they were arranged on a subject basis. Individual portrait photographs are catalogued first then group portraits.

Other Finding Aids

An online finding aid is available at

Digital images of some of the photographs may be viewed at

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Custodial History

The photographs are part of the South Wales Coalfield Collection (SWCC) held at Swansea University. The SWCC was established in 1969 as an attempt to preserve the documentary records of the mining community of South Wales. At that time over one hundred mines had been closed since nationalisation, more pit closures were threatened and such records were in danger of being destroyed. Fortunately the officers of the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area) were aware of the problem and began the transfer of their non-current records to the Library at University College Swansea while encouraging their constituent lodges to do the same. In 1971 the South Wales Coalfield History Project was set up, funded by the Social Science Research Council, to locate and collect manuscript and printed material of archival significance. Such was the success of the Project which lasted until 1974, that it was followed by a second from 1979-82.