Aberfan Disaster

The Aberfan Disaster

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 in South Wales.

These pages were initially set up as part of a project to catalogue and conserve an archive of material relating to the disaster held at Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais libraries. Their objective is to act as a starting place for those interested in finding out about the disaster. They provide an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disaster and, more importantly, a guide and link to the more detailed sources of information available elsewhere.


The project was graded 'outstanding' by the ESRC.

The final results of this research project were published as a book on 21 October 2000.

Iain McLean & Martin Johnes, Aberfan:Disasters and Government (Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2000)


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These pages are dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Aberfan Disaster.

These pages were written and designed by Martin Johnes and Iain McLean, 1997-2008. Project Director, Iain McLean. The work was funded by the British Academy, under research grant no. APN6714, and subsequently by the Economic & Social Research Council under research grant no. R000222677. Grateful thanks are also due to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for providing facilities for research.