Aberfan Disaster Archive
Merthyr Tydfil Library Collection

Catalogue


Contents

Monographs

Photographs

Newspapers on microfilm

Folders:

A Press Reports
A1 Contemporary newspaper reports
A2 Assorted contemporary articles from newspapers/magazines

B Material relating to the Tribunal
B1 Tribunal & reports
B2 Press clippings about the Tribunal
B3 Evidence used by Tribunal

C Aberfan Disaster Fund

D Memories of those involved

E Miscellaneous material
E1 Miscellaneous, pre-1970
E2 Miscellaneous, post-1970

F Assorted secondary accounts

G Memorial & cemetery

H Fiction

I Recovery and consequences

J Removal of the tips

K Memorial services and funerals


Monographs

Tony Austin, Aberfan: The Story of a Disaster, (London: Hutchinson, 1967), 230 pp

Tudor David (ed.), Aberfan and the Teachers, (London: Schoolmaster, 1967). 24 pp.

Melanie Dool & Martin Dunkerton, Is it Still Raining in Aberfan ?, (Little Longaston: Longaston Press, 1991), 160 pp.

Majorie Chadwick Harris (ed.), Aberfan - A Book of Memorial Verse, (Ilfracombe: Arthur H. Stockwell, no date), 140 pp.

Gaynor Madgewick, Aberfan - Struggling Out of Darkness - A Survivor's Story, (Blaengarw: Valley & Vale, 1996), 73 pp.

Joan Miller, Aberfan - A Disaster and its Aftermath, (London: Constable, 1974), 207 pp.

Welsh Office, A Selection of technical reports submitted to the Aberfan Tribunal, Items 1 to 7, (London: HMSO, 1969), 218 pp
Plus associated wallet of drawings for items 1-7.

Welsh Office, A Selection of technical reports submitted to the Aberfan Tribunal,
Item 8 - Fairey Surveys Report
(London: HMSO, 1969)


Photographs

The photographic collection has three different sections:

a) Photographs used by the Tribunal

b) Press photographs of the disaster scene and rescue operation

c) NCB photographs taken immediately after the disaster


Newspapers on microfilm

21 October 1966
South Wales Echo, Headline: 4 Children Die, 160 Missing in S. Wales Horror

22 October 1966
Western Mail, Headline: 83 killed, 60 still lost
South Wales Echo, Headline: 118 bodies recovered: Final toll may reach 220
Guardian, Headline: 200 Lost in Welsh landslide
Daily Mirror, Headline: Disaster
The Times, Headline: 200 feared dead after slag buries school
Daily Sketch, Headline: Disaster Villagers ready to evacuate

23 October 1966
The People, Headline: The Sorrow and the Anger
The Sunday Times, Headline: All hope ends for the entombed children
News of the World, Headline: The Anger and the agony
Sunday Mirror, Headline: Why were the warnings ignored ?

24 October 1966
The Guardian, Headline: Mr. Justice Davies for Aberfan Inquiry
Daily Sketch, Headline: All Hope Abandoned?
Sun, Headline: 'Water bomb', blamed for tip disaster
Daily Mail, Aberfan plea: Don't use this tip again
Western Mail, Headline: NCB men blame water spring for tip slide
South Wales Echo, Toll now 143; 49 are still sought - Mayor stops tip safety questions
Daily Express, Headline: Warnings locked away in a safe
Daily Mirror, Headline: Welsh judge heads probe
Daily Telegraph, Headline: Disaster Tribunal Judge Named

25 October 1966
Western Mail, Headline: Round-the-clock watch ordered on another tip
South Wales Echo, Headline: Aberfan man breaks cordon to talk with judge

26 October 1966
Western Mail, Headline: There will be no white-wash, pledges judge
The Times, Headline: Aberfan Visit by the Queen on Saturday
The Daily Telegraph, Headline: £50 NCB grant for Aberfan families
Sun, Headline: £50 Pay-out at Aberfan
Guardian, Headline: £50 for all Aberfan sufferers
South Wales Echo, Headline: Tip fear pupils kept at home

27 October 1966
Western Mail, Queen will have tea with man who lost relatives
South Wales Echo (incomplete), headline (p.3): The Queen will talk with disaster folk in streets

28 October 1966
South Wales Echo, Headline: 28 October 1966
Western Mail, Headline: Cabinet's shock move on Aberfan disaster
Daily Express, Headline: Silence [front page missing]

29 October 1966
South Wales Echo, Headline: Queen weeps as she talks with mothers

30 October 1966
Sunday Mirror, Headline: The Face of Grief

31 October 1966
Western Mail (incomplete), Headline (p.4): Never before has Queen been so close to people of Wales

8 November 1966
South Wales Echo, Headline: Aberfan lessons must be learned - Judge

14 November 1966
Life International, Headline: Aberfan digs out its dead

November 1966
Coal News, Headline: The Sorrow of Aberfan

3 August 1967
South Wales Echo, Aberfan - 'Story of bungling ineptitude by many men'

4 August 1967
Western Mail, Headline: Robens given month to plan the clean-up

9 March 1973
South Wales Echo, Headline: The Queen returns to Aberfan

10 March 1973
Western Mail (incomplete), Headline Queen comes back to a smiling Aberfan

The library also holds a complete run of the Merthyr Express and Western Mail which both gave substantial coverage to the Disaster, the Tribunal and other related issues.


FOLDER A1 Contemporary newspaper reports

South Wales Echo, 21 October 1966, Front page

The Guardian, 22 October 1966, Front page

The Sun, 22 October 1966, Front page,

The Observer, 23 October 1966, Front page

News of the World, 23 October 1966, Top half of front page

The People, 23 October 1966, Various extracts

The Times, 23 October 1966, Top half of front page


FOLDER A2 Assorted contemporary articles from newspapers/magazines

Dennis Potter, 'Acts of God and crimes of senseless men' New Statesman, 27 October 1966

Aberfan: A tragic lesson to the world, 1966 article by Peter Tinniswood reproduced in Wales on Sunday, 20 October 1991.

Letters page of Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966

'The saddest year in the history of the borough', Merthyr Express, 30 December 1966

Sing! Shouted teacher as coal tip fell, Daily Sketch, 2 December 1966

The wonderful children of Pantglas Senior School, Daily Mirror, 2 December 1966


FOLDER B1 Tribunal and reports

B1/01
Geoffrey Howe, 'The Aberfan Disaster', The Medico-Legal Journal, vol.36, part 3, 14pp. Address presented to a meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine. Howe was Counsel for British Association of Colliery Management & National Association of Colliery Managers at the Tribunal of Inquiry.

B1/02
Report of the Tribunal appointed to inquire into the Disaster at Aberfan (London: HMSO, 1967). 151pp.

B1/03
Victor Bignell, 'Case Study 2 - The Aberfan Disaster', in: Bignell, Peters & Pym (eds.), Catastrophic Failures,
photocopy, 27pp, illustrated.
Looks at causes of the disaster. Based on material from Tribunal report.

B1/04
D.J. Davies (Chief Fire Officer), Report on Aberfan Disaster,
County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil Fire Brigade, no date.
12 pp & plans
original in poor condition, photocopy available.

B1/05
Conclusions of a meeting of the Cabinet, 25 July 1967.
Discussing the Tribunal Report and its publication.
Copy of document from Public Record Office.


FOLDER B2 Press clippings about the Tribunal

B2/01
'Tribunal arrangements nearly ready'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966.

B2/02
Merthyr Express (photocopy of whole issue) 11 November 1966
Headline: Inquiry Opens - 'We will find the truth' promises judge

B2/03
Merthyr Express (photocopy of whole issue) 9 December 1966
Headline: Inquiry hear of many sinkings - Tip gang was told of river under it
Report of evidence of given at Tribunal

B2/04
'Merthyr Express picture at Tribunal'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 23 December 1966
Report on the continuing tribunal

B2/05
Tips were sinking in 1963 - Tribunal is told
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 23 December 1966

B2/06
Wrong to move Tribunal to Cardiff
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 20 January 1967
Views of local residents and councillors

B2/07
'Tip memo was disobeyed by senior NCB engineer'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 10 February 1967

B2/08
'Mental marathon - as the world waits'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 7 April 1967
Behind the scenes at the Aberfan Tribunal


FOLDER B3 Evidence used by Tribunal

B3/01
Letter from MTBC Borough & Waterworks Engineer to District Public Works Superintendent, 24 July 1963. Headed 'Danger from coal slurry being tipped at the rear of the Pantglas School'. Photocopy.

B3/02
Letter from MTBC Borough & Waterworks Engineer to NCB Area Chief Mechanical Engineer, 20 August 1963. Headed 'Danger from coal slurry being tipped at the rear of the Pantglas School'. Photocopy.

B3/03
Letter from Area Mechanical Engineer, NCB to MTBC Town Clerk, 28 January 1964.
Headed 'Danger from coal slurry being tipped at the rear of the Pantglas School'. Photocopy.

B3/04
Letter from Area Mechanical Engineer, NCB to MTBC Borough & Waterworks Engineer, 13 March 1964. Headed 'Danger from coal slurry being tipped at the rear of the Pantglas School'. Photocopy.

B3/05
No danger of Aberfan tip slipping says NCB,
cutting from Merthyr Express, 10 September 1966.
Details of report given to Merthyr Public Works by representatives from NCB


FOLDER C Aberfan Disaster Fund

C/01
1st Report of the Aberfan Disaster Fund, 21 October 1996 to August 1968.
Prepared by G. Davis (secretary/treasurer)
92pp

C/02
2nd Report of the Management Committee of the Aberfan Disaster Fund
August 1968 to August 1970
Prepared by C. Geoffrey Morgan (secretary/treasurer)
46 pp.

C/03
1st Report of the Aberfan Disaster Fund, 21 October 1996 to August 1968.
photocopy of pp.iv-vi, 7-9, 21.
includes list of members, activities and hand-written flowchart of history and structure of the committee.

C/04
Letter from Rev. Glyn Howard Davies (Essex) to Mayor re Disaster Fund
Example of letter of sympathy from Welshman now living in England

C/05
Two examples of letters donating money to the Disaster Fund
From Alice Grimsley, Dorset, 25 October 1966
& Hilda Sherriff, Coventry, no date

C/06
Letter from A.J. Sivis Products Ltd, Co. Durham, 26 October 1966
Expressing sympathy from another pit community

C/07
'Round Table Fund - £5000 donated' [to disaster fund]
Photocopied clipping from Merthyr Express, 28 October 1966

C/08
Suggestions for the utilisation of money donated to Aberfan Disaster Fund
Compiled from letters received up to 1 November 1966
Include example letter & associated newspaper clipping (Daily Sketch, 21 November 1966, headline: 'The Sketch says: End all this squabbling - Aberfan: Put the families first')

C/09
Letter from County Borough of South Shields, 14 November 1966
Donation to fund and expressing sympathies

C/10
'£834,000 in Mayor's fund' & 'Concern grows over the fund - Villagers call for bigger say'
Clippings from Merthyr Express, 18 November 1966

C/11
'Aberfan excess clothing will be sent to Italy' [flood victims]
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 18 November 1966

C/12
'Every child in Aberfan will have toys for Christmas' & 'Fund tops £1 million'
Clippings from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966

C/13
'All given out ! Thousands of Aberfan toys'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 1 July 1967
All toys sent in response to princess Margaret's toys for Aberfan appeal have been distributed

C/14
' ... Will re-create Pantglas',
Photocopied clipping from Merthyr Express, 3 October 1968. Article on Disaster Fund to run community centre

C/15
Letter from Aberfan Disaster Fund secretary/treasurer to Secretary of Aberfan & Merthyr vale Community Association, 23 May 1969
re holidays for locals

C/16
Memorandum on a youth leader
By Rev. D. Nuttall
Produced at the request of the youth centre for the consideration of the management committee of the Aberfan Disaster Fund, May 1969.
Request to employ a full-time youth officer for the youth centre

C/17
Aberfan Disaster Fund: Advisory sub-committee, Minutes, 2 July 1971

C/18
Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Centre, 16 pp, illustrated, 1973.
Booklet to commemorate its opening, contains information on the disaster fund.

C/19
Aberfan Disaster Fund - Financial Statement 31st March, 1967

C/20
'Disaster Fund will be used for the people of Aberfan'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 20 January 1967.

C/21
'Fund will re-create Pantglas'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 3 October 1968.

C/22
'Aberfan Fund is to be wound up'
Clipping Merthyr Express, 8 October 1970

C/23
‘No quarrels or greed in village - outsiders blamed’
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966

C/24
Disaster Fund: How children helped
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 6 December 1966 C/25
Why Aberfan money was invested locally Clipping from Merthyr Express, 8 October 1968

C/26
‘Inequalities in charity’
Photocopy of section on ‘Aberfan, and other disasters’
From Benedict Nightingale, Charities, (London: Allen Lowe, 1973).
Looks at the Disaster Fund. 12 pp.


FOLDER D Memories of those involved


Articles from press include interviews with villagers

D/01
Tony Gerraghty, 'Blood on Coal - Close the coal house door', Weekend Guardian, 12-13 August 1984. 3 pp.
In the week when a further 20 pits have been earmarked for closure and the fate of the Aberfan mine is once more in the balance, Tony Gerraghty, who reported the disaster of October 21, 1966, for the Guardian, returns to the families of Merthyr Vale.

D/02
'Scarred by the lost generation'
Clipping from The Times, 17 October 1986
Report on life in the village since the disaster, includes interviews with villagers

D/03
'My hell was being a victim who lived
Photocopied clipping from Daily Record, 24 September 1991. Memories of a survivor

D/04
'Was this the best we could do for Aberfan ?'
Daily Mail, 15 October 1991
includes interviews with survivors

D/05
'A rescuer remembers'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 17 October 1991

D/06
'A village besieged by memories of disaster'
Clipping from Guardian, 19 October 1991
The bereaved and survivor of Aberfan continue to pay the price of their loss in guilt, anger and grief under the media spotlight.

D/07
'Never forget this tragedy'
clipping from Wales on Sunday, 20 October 1991
Memories of John Humphries, TV reporter at the tragedy

D/08
'Every day is an anniversary here. You see an adult of the age your child would have been now and you don't need to explain you suddenly fill up'
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 21 October 1991
Interviews with villagers

D/09
'Memories linger but Aberfan tries to act positively'
Clipping from Guardian, 22 October 1991
interviews with relatives

D/10
'Aberfan still a valley in the shadow of death'
Clipping from the Observer, 26 October 1991
Includes interview with villagers

D/11
'Susan remembers'
Clipping from Campaign - Merthyr/Cynon Valley, 8 November 1991
Memories of a survivor

D/12
'Something that no-one could ever forget'
By Bill Oliver, 1991, 3pp
Account of volunteer rescuer

D/13
'Grim task go with caring'
Clipping (and photocopy) from South Wales Echo, 3 May 1994
Memories of Stanley Nicholas, Red Cross rescuer worker

D/14
A generation was wiped out that day - It felt like the end of the world
Clipping from Daily Mail Weekend, 5 October 1996, 3pp
Interviews with survivors,

D/15
'Thirty Years late - Harrowing memories of Aberfan's children
Clipping from Western Mail, 12 October 1996, 3pp.
Memories of policeman involved in the rescue

D/16
Clipping from Radio Times, 12-18 October 1996, 2pp
Preview of Timewatch documentary
Includes interviews with 2 villagers and the experiences of the film-maker

D/17
'How one man triumphed over his past'
By John O'Sullivan. Unsourced clipping
On return of a bereaved man to Aberfan

D/18
'The somewhat harassed man ...'
Unsourced description of the rescue operation, 4pp
Labelled 'From Ynysowen School'

D/19
25 years on, a message of hope from a survivor of Aberfan (also: Fears as vandals strike).
Clipping from Wales on Sunday, 16 June 1991.

D/20
Aberfan - 30 years on
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 21 October 1996.

D/21
Aberfan fights for its future
Clipping from Morning Star, 9 January 1979


FOLDER E1 Miscellaneous pre-1970

E1/01
Death Certificate of Keith Williams, killed in the disaster

E1/02
'Aberfan: Industry's Contribution' [to the rescue operation]
From Voice of Welsh Industry, November, 1966.

E1/03
Letter from Welsh Office to Mayor of Merthyr, 3 November 1966
Listing those Heads of Sate and foreign governments who have sent message of sympathy to the Queen and Government.

E1/04
'Are tips really necessary in the modern age ?'
by Joe England, photocopy from Merthyr Express 11 November 1966

E1/05
'New Homes Ready'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 18 November 1966
Family made homeless by disaster move into new council home

E1/06
Pathetic reminders of disaster day
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 18 November 1966
Photo and description of articles recovered from Pantglas school

E1/07

Tree planted in Ohio school for Aberfan
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966

E1/08
'Mayor [of Merthyr] speaks to Mayor of Los Angeles via Early Bird'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1966
As part of US TV show/concert in aid of Aberfan

E1/09
Trees planted in Holy Land
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 2 December 1966
Memorial trees in Jerusalem

E1/10
'On a pilgrimage for the victims of Aberfan'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 16 December 1966
Former Merthyr minister visits town for Canadian Broadcasting Company

E1/11
'Mel, 18, is pick of the pics'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 23 December 1966
Report on Mellville Parry, winner of British press picture of the year competition for photo of policeman carrying survivor from the school.

E1/12
'Minister of Education visits Aberfan children'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 23 December 1966
Secretary of State for education visits local school to see how children from Aberfan are adjusting to normal education.

E1/13
Horace Dawling, Aberfan and the love of God - The Christian message for the bereaved from (Cardiff, late 1960s), 4pp.

E1/14
Hand-written list of names, addresses and ages of those killed in the disaster
(photocopy and original)

E1/15
Ministry of Power, Guidance Notes for the Initial Inspection of Disused Tips, (London: HMSO, 1969).

E1/16
Aberfan Disaster - Report on Houses Damaged by the Disaster and Subsequent Rescue Operations
By Davis, Belfield & Everest, Chartered Quantity Surveyors
December 1966

E1/17
Extracts from Hansard
Transcripts of debates and questions in House of Commons relating to the Disaster

E1/18
Keesing's Contemporary Archives
'Wales - The Aberfan Disaster'
Description and extracts from press etc. 3pp.


FOLDER E2 Miscellaneous post-1970

E2/01
'Aberfan'
Photocopy of ch.12 from book by chairman of NCB in 1966
Lord Robens, Ten Year Stint, (London: Cassell, 1972)
19 pp.

E2/02
'Aberfan Party Welcomed'
Clipping from Express & Star, 10 November 1973
Wolverhampton entertains party from Aberfan

E2/03
'Aberfan disaster film'
Clippings from Merthyr Express, 28 July 1977 & 1 September1977
American documentary on Aberfan being made featuring actor Glen Ford

E2/04
'Aberfan TV film showing rapped'
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 18 January 1978
Documentary should not have been screened in UK says Merthyr councillor

E2/05
Why God ?
Photocopy of ch.4 from Edward England, An unfolding vision - The adventure of books, (London: Hodder & Stroughton, 1982)
Religious angle of the disaster

E2/06
'St. John members were among the first on the scene'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 November 1983
Re St. John's work at Aberfan

E2/07
Aberfan clings to a pit which brought jobs and tragedy
Clipping from The Independent, 25 July 1989
Re closure of Merthyr Vale colliery

E2/08
'Disaster village's TV film'
Clipping from the Merthyr Express, 26 July 1990
Aberfan to make own TV programme for ch.4/S4C to commemorate disaster

E2/09
'Pupil's film a hit'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 18 October 1990
Pupils from a Merthyr school win awards for film they have made about the disaster

E2/10
Is it still raining in Aberfan ?
Invitation to launch of above book, 2 February 1991

E2/11
'It doesn't rain anymore in Aberfan'
Clipping from Western Mail, 5 August 1991
Article on launch of Is it still raining in Aberfan ?

E2/12
'Aberfan broken but unbowed'
Clipping from Independent, 9 September 1991
Publicity piece for Is it still raining in Aberfan ?

E2/13
'A village's life in print'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 12 September 1991
Article re Is it still raining in Aberfan ?

E2/14
'Vale of Tears'
Review of 'Is it still raining in Aberfan ?' from the Guardian, 19 September 1991

E2/15
Aberfan's message to the Queen - 'Have no regrets'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 26 September 1991
Villagers praise the Queen on her handling of the disaster despite her admission that the delay in visiting the site was her biggest mistake

E2/16
Aberfan on screen
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 10 October 1991
'Aberfan 25 Years of experience' to be screened at Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) & on S4C

E2/17
'Aberfan - Every anniversary is important'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 17 October 1991
Notes that not just the 25th anniversary is important
Also contains info on Aberfan scholarship at Atlantic College, St. Donats

E2/18
'Letters on file'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 7 November 1991
Report on the moving of the letters of condolence from Aberfan Community Centre to Merthyr Library

E2/19
'Aberfan £1.5m school pleas'
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 21 October 1992
British Coal asked to provide money for a new school for Aberfan on the 25th anniversary of the disaster

E2/20
'Our saddest day'
Clipping from the South Wales Echo, 21 January 1994

Brief information on the reporting of the disaster
Includes colour photo of the disaster

E2/21
Aberfan - 25 years of experience
promotion card for S4C/ch.4 documentary

E2/22
Is it still raining in Aberfan ?
Publicity sheet for above book

E2/23
Promotion card for Remember Aberfan, Timewatch documentary, 1996

E2/24
Description of disaster & poem
Photocopy from the Cruel Inheritance, 2pp.

E2/25
Tip Failures, Abercynon tip slide of 5 December 1939.
Unsourced photocopy from box, 1p.

E2/26
'Black Friday', Unsourced photocopy by Arnold Penman
Contains information on the new school at Ynysowen

E2/27
"From Chaos to Calm" The Diary of the Gordon-Lennox Education Centre,
Nixonville, Aberfan. 3/11/66 - 1/12/66
by Hugh Watkins, Deputy Head, Lower School, Afon Taf High School, June 1994.

E2/28
On Moles and the habits of Birds: The Unpolitics of Aberfan
by Iain McLean, Twentieth Century British History, December 1997.


FOLDER F Assorted secondary accounts

F/01
'Aberfan - The Nation Grieves', South Wales Echo, Jubilee Supplement, 1 June 1977.
Article on the disaster.

F/02
The valleys of death
Clipping from Sunday Telegraph, 19 October 1986
Article by Tom Davies, reporter at the disaster.

F/03
'The agony of the longest day'
Clipping from Sunday Telegraph, 19 October 1986
A look at the disaster and the decline of the Valleys
by Tom Davies, writer of novel on the Valleys

F/04
'Never Forgotten'
Front page clipping from South Wales Argus, 20 October 1996
Photograph of memorial arches, 30th anniversary

F/05
'When the world went black'
Clipping from Western Mail, 21 October 1996
A look back at the disaster by Tony Austin (author of book on the disaster)

F/06
'Landslide at Aberfan'
Unsourced photocopy from book. Description of disaster and the aftermath
7pp illustrations

F/07
Photocopy of the section on Aberfan from Ann & Ian Morrison, 'The A-Z of the 1960s'

F/08
'Aberfan, 1966'
Description of the disaster, Tribunal etc. Photocopy, illustrated, 4pp
From Great Disasters, 1976

F/09
Landslide prediction and control
Extract from Tony Waltham, Catastrophe - The Violent Earth, 5pp.


FOLDER G Memorial & cemetery

G/01
Aberfan memorial garden
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 17 March 1967
Report that section of cemetery to be set aside for above

G/02
'Sculptor's plan for memorial'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 13 October 1967
New Forest artist planning sculpture as memorial for Aberfan

G/03
'Aberfan parents rebel at delay over memorial - Fund committee tell them: we won't pay for grave stones'.
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 1 December 1967

G/04
'Aberfan memorial is taking shape'
Photograph of construction
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 20 June 1968

G/05
Picture of memorial garden from Merthyr Express, 16 October 1969

G/06
'Aberfan's worry'
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 7 July 1990.
Fears re future of the cemetery

G/07
Vandal fears over plan to move sexton [cemetery]
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 30 May 1991.

G/08
'Sexton's house sell off - Sale proceeds to be used to improve entrance to cemetery'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 11 July 1991

G/09
'Resign Call
Unsourced clipping, 28 August 1991
New moves being made to secure supervision for the cemetery

G/10
'Aberfan cemetery row demo'
Clipping from South Wales Echo, 28 July 1992
Residents to demonstrate in protest at demolition of village cemetery house

G/11
'Information centre plan for village cemetery'
Clipping from Western Mail, 18 June 1993.

G/12
' 'No' to tour draw'
Clipping from Western Mail, 8 July 1993
Villagers at Aberfan vote against plan to open visitor centre at the cemetery of 1966.

G/13
Aberfan memorial wins design award
Clipping from Western Mail, 29 October 1993

G/14
Memorial was fund’s most poignant task
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 3 October 1968


FOLDER H Fiction

H/01
'A touch of immortality'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 30 December 1966
Exmouth housewife publishing book of poetry on Aberfan by children, Includes extracts of book.

H/02
'Book of verse will commemorate disaster'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 13 October 1967
Re book of poetry by children, clipping includes 3 poems

H/03
'Aberfan'
Poem by AE Dodd, photocopy. From AE Dodd, Beacon Stoop, 1985.

H/04
Edward England, The Mountain that Moved, (London: Hodder & Stroughton, 19??), 93pp, photocopy

H/05
'Aberfan, 1993'
Poem by Robert Morgan, unsourced photocopy


FOLDER I Recovery and consequences

I/01
Merthyr Express, 18 August 1967
Headline: ' NCB refuses to meet cost - Aberfan Floods not our problem says Robens'
Also contains front page interview with Viv Thomas (Unit mechanical engineer criticised in Tribunal Report) on his leaving Merthyr Vale colliery

I/02
Aberfan - Recovery
By John Beale, Director of Education, Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council
October 1967
Looks at the teachers and pupils after the disaster

I/03
'Aberfan report hits out - Criticism of officialdom and call for unity in the village'
Report on Aberfan and its future
result of conference of residents held on 11 May 1968
Photocopied clipping from Merthyr Express, 20 June 1968

I/04
Report of the conference to launch A Call to the Valleys
17 March 1973, 28pp
Organised by Ty Toronto, Aberfan
re future of valley communities

I/05
The rebirth of the tragic Aberfan - Out of a tragedy a village rises again
Photocopied clipping from Daily Telegraph, 26 March 1973

I/06
'Aberfan: The creation of a united community'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 27 December 1984
by Rev. Erastus Jones (Bethania Welsh Congregational Church, Aberfan)

I/07
'Aberfan - The village that refused to be destroyed'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 16 October 1986
About life of village since the disaster

I/08
'They should have waited 50 years'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 23 October 1986
Reaction of village to media attention on 20th anniversary

I/09
'Aberfan: 20 years on'
Clipping from Daily Mail You Magazine, 1986
A look at the village today

I/10
'Aberfan witness fights coal chiefs'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 October 1990
Witness taking legal action against British coal for psychological damage

I/11
'Aberfan Writ - 24 years on'
Photocopied clipping from Western Mail, 25 October 1990
Witness suing British Coal

I/12
'Stay away from Aberfan - We don't want to re-live 1966 horror'
Clipping from Wales on Sunday, 15 September 1991
Village appeals to be left alone on 25th anniversary

I/13
'British Coal in legal battle with trauma mum'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 17 October 1991
Also contains info on British Coal battle with HTV to see material used in making of programme on Aberfan

I/14
'It's not too late to say sorry'
by Iain McLean, Time Higher Education Supplement, 17 January 1997
Political controversies following the disaster

I/15
'Heartless bully who added to the agony of Aberfan'
Clipping from Observer, 5 January 1997
30 years on documents show how NCB chief Lord Robens dodged the blame for the disaster

I/16
'The scars are beginning to heal'
Cutting from Merthyr Express, 17 October 1968

I/17
New grass in the valley but scars on the mind remain
Clipping from The Times, 12 October 1971


FOLDER J Removal of the tips

J/01
'Dykes will hold tip'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 18 November 1966
Huge earth dykes to be built around tip to prevent further slips

J/02
'Landscape plan - we don't want it says Aberfan'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 10 November 1967
Pressure mounting to reject £750,000 NCB plan to landscape tip complex

J/03
'Government landscape plan for Aberfan tip complex'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 10 November 1967
Announcement of scheme to landscape the tips on basis that to move them would be too dangerous

J/04
'Why remove-the-tips plea is rejected'
An explanation by Cledwyn Hughes (Secretary of State for Wales)
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 25 January 1968

J/05
Artist's impression of the Aberfan Tip complex when the NCB scheme for landscaping the area is complete
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 13 February 1969

J/06
'Memories on the move'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 7 August 1969
Work begins on tip removal

J/07
'Three years On .. and the drive for a new Aberfan gathers speed'
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 16 October 1969

Information on removing the tips and work on village hall and memorial

J/08
'The debt owed to Aberfan'
Clipping from Times Higher Education Supplement, 23 May 1997
An Oxford University professor claims that the Aberfan Disaster Fund was bullied out of £150,000

J/09
' 'Wrong' to siphon off Aberfan cash'
Oxford professor calls on government to pay back money diverted to clear tips. Photocopied clipping from Western Mail, 11 June 1997

J/10
'They've got to go!'
Massive support for drive to rid Aberfan of disaster tips
Clipping from Merthyr Express, 4 July 1968

J/11
Extracts from Minutes of Cabinet meeting, 2 August 1968.
Re removal of the tips.

J/12
Miscellaneous clippings on the battle to have the Disaster Fund’s contribution to the tip removal scheme returned
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FOLDER K Memorial services and funerals

K/01
Service sheet for memorial service for Eryl Mai Jones, Kevin Thomas Jones, Robert Orville Jones, Peter William
Held at Aberfan CM Chapel, 21 October 1966

K/02
Service sheet - Memorial service for those who died in the Pantglas school
Organised by Merthyr Education Authority; held at Zoar chapel, Merthyr, 3 November 1966; photocopy & original, 4pp.

K/03
United Commemoration Service on the first anniversary of the disaster
Held at St. Mary the Virgin, Merthyr Vale, 22 October 1967, 4 pp.

K/04
'A last tribute'
Report and photograph on funerals of victims,
Clipping from Merthyr Express, c.1967??

K/05
'Mae d'eisiau di bob awr'
[Sheet from] A service of reconciliation on the 10th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, 4pp

K/06
Grief remains 25 years on'
Photo and text re memorial service
Clipping from South Wale Echo, 21 October 1991


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