Fonds GB 0210 ABERFAN - Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association records

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Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association records


  • 1947-1973 (predominantly 1966-1973) (accumulated 1966-1973) (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.324 cubic metres (30 boxes, 1 envelope, 3 volumes)

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Name of creator

Administrative history

The Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association represented the interests of the bereaved parents and other residents following the Aberfan disaster.
On the morning of 21 October 1966 in Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, 144 people, of whom 116 were children, were killed when a coal waste tip slid into the village engulfing some 20 houses and Pantglas Junior School. Following the disaster, a Tribunal of Inquiry was appointed by the Secretary of State for Wales under the chairmanship of Sir Herbert Edmund Davies. The Inquiry lasted from 29 November 1966 until 28 April 1967. Its report was published on 3 August 1967. During the Tribunal and afterwards the Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association was represented by the firm of solicitors Morgan, Bruce and Nicholas, Pontypridd, with Desmond Ackner QC, Aubrey Myerson and Cyril Moseley being present at the Tribunal.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr Cyril Moseley of Morgan, Bruce and Nicholas, Solicitors, Pontypridd, 1984.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1966-1967, relating to the public inquiry into the Aberfan tip disaster of 21 October 1966, together with some additional material relating to the Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association, 1966-1973, including copies of the Proceedings of the Public Inquiry in the form of typescript notes taken by Treasury Reporters, 1966-1967, other notes and speeches relating to the Tribunal by Cyril Moseley, Aubrey Myerson, and Desmond Ackner, QC, 1966-1967, various Tribunal documents with an index, 1947-[1967], correspondence, 1966-1973, and original statements and copies taken on behalf of Aberfan Parents' and Residents' Association [1966]-[1967]. It should be noted that these are not the official records of the Tribunal, although a largely complete set of documents, plans and photographs submitted to the Tribunal is included.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: proceedings of the Public Inquiry, correspondence, statements, and other notes of the proceedings by Cyril Moseley. These are mostly arranged chronologically. The various Tribunal documents are arranged mostly in the order of their original listing.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Related units of description

Records of the Tribunal are National Archives, BD52. Further records at the National Archives include COAL73 and COAL102.

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Title based on contents of fonds.


The Inquiry papers include documents submitted in evidence, dating between 1947 and 1966.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

August 2003.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule of Aberfan Papers; The Aberfan Disaster website (, viewed January 2003.

Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project.

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  • Text: Aberfan Parents and Residents Association Records.