What Happens in the Aftermath? The 1966 Aberfan Disaster Remembered Through Community Action

On October 21, 1966 a coal waste pile in Aberfan, Wales collapsed, killing 114 schoolchildren.  This post by graduate student Kathrine Engle examines the resilience of coal mining communities in the wake of disaster.  The author was part of a group from Appalachian State University who traveled to Wales for a summer study abroad program in June of 2013.  This is the final installment in a series of blog posts written by the students about their experience. By Kathryn Engle During our time in Wales, part of the GPS mapping project has been research on coalfield communities and points of interests in different towns in south Wales. We have completed library research in the South Wales Coalfield Collection, which is split between the South Wales Miners’ Library and the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University. This repository of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, lodge minutes, union banners, photographs, videos, oral history interviews, […]