The Aberfan Disaster


The scene at Aberfan, Wales, after a coal tip slid onto Pantglas Junior School and adjacent homes, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Photo by PA Images via Getty Images

In 1966, a mining disaster in Aberfan, Wales, killed 144 people. It was a completely preventable tragedy, but none of the victims were in the mine itself, and 116 of them were children.

Tracy's Research:

  • Shipton, Martin. “The 'terrifying tale of bungling ineptitude' that led to the Aberfan disaster.” Wales Online. 10/18/2016. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/terrifying-tale-ineptitude-aberfan-disaster-12025544
  • Rhys, Steffan and Adam Walker, editors. “Aberfan: This Clock Stopped Ticking at 9:13 on the Morning of October 21, 1966.” Wales Online. http://aberfan.walesonline.co.uk/
  • National Library of Wales. “Aberfan - the lost generation.” https://prezi.com/sevadvjiv82p/aberfan-the-lost-generation/
  • BBC. “Wales History.” Coal Mining. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/society/industry_coal01.shtml
  • Merthyr Tydfil tourism. “Merthyr Vale Colliery.” http://www.visitmerthyr.co.uk/culture-heritage/merthyr-vale-colliery.aspx
  • History.com. “Mudslide buries school in Wales.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mudslide-buries-school-in-wales
  • Bolt, B.A. et al. “Geological Hazards: Earthquakes - Tsunamis - Volcanoes – Avalanches.” Springer.
  • South Wales Police Museum. “THE ABERFAN DISASTER: 21st October 1966.” Via archive.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20090207190307/http://www.south-wales.police.uk/fe/master.asp?n1=8&n2=253&n3=492
  • McLean, Iain. “Lessons from the Aberfan Disaster and Its Aftermath.” British Academy Review, issue 12, January 2009. https://www.britac.ac.uk/sites/default/files/16-mclean.pdf
  • National Library of Wales. “Report of the Tribunal appointed to inquire into the Disaster at Aberfan on October, 21st, 1966. Examples from the report.” https://hwb-live-storage.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/7a/1a/0d/7b/4aa3472daf8a54c26913fc92/tribiwnlys-aberfan-tribunal.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJJDVDVTJ2MKDVDWA&Expires=1510253222&Signature=vyIKVZrGBH7lkzBIpLZU8jJFQC0%3d
  • McLean, Iain and Martin Jones. “The Aberfan Disaster: 21 October 1966.” Nuffield College, University of Oxford. http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/home.htm
  • Jackson, Ceri. “Aberfan: The Mistake that Cost a Village Its Children.” BBC. 10/21/2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-150d11df-c541-44a9-9332-560a19828c47
  • “Report of the Tribunal Appointed to Inquire into the Disaster at Aberfan on October 21st, 1966.” http://www.mineaccidents.com.au/uploads/aberfan-report-original.pdf
  • “A Selection of Technical Reports Submitted to the Aberfan Tribunal.” https://archive.org/stream/op1268228-1001#page/n0/mode/2up

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, disasters, British history

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