File NLW MS 24016E. - Bethania, Aberfan Book of Remembrance

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NLW MS 24016E.


Bethania, Aberfan Book of Remembrance


  • 2010 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

26 ff. : 14 ff. facsimile on photographic paper, preceded and followed by 6 paper binding leaves ; 390 x 290 mm.

Bound by Elgar Pugh at NLW in full goatskin leather with gold fillet, and lettered 'Bethania Chapel Aberfan' in gold on spine, April 2010.

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Archival history

Following the closure of Bethania chapel on 30 September 2007, the original book was donated to the keeping of the National Assembly for Wales. Two facsimile copies were made at the National Library between September 2009 and April 2010: one was donated to the Trustees of Bethania chapel, Aberfan per the Revd Dr Geraint Tudur, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independents in April 2010, and the present copy was retained at the Library.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Facsimile created at NLW; Aberystwyth; April 2010; 006087644

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Scope and content

Facsimile copy of a calligraphic book of remembrance to deceased victims of the 1966 disaster at Aberfan, Glamorgan. The original volume was displayed at Bethania Independent chapel, Aberfan, and contained the names, dates of birth, and age upon death of 143 individuals (117 children and 26 adults) who died in the disaster on 21 October 1966, their names arranged under the month in which they were born. The official number of fatalities was 144 individuals (116 children and 28 adults). The identity of the calligrapher, and the circumstances surrounding the creation of the original volume, was unknown to chapel Trustees when asked in 2007.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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English, some Welsh.

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Existence and location of originals

The National Assembly for Wales;

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24016E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw;

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  • Text: NLW MS 24016E.