West Glamorgan Archive Service

National Coal Board, South Wales Area files relating to West Glamorgan collieries

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD PRO NCB 4

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Title: National Coal Board, South Wales Area files relating to West Glamorgan collieries

Short title: National Coal Board, South Wales Area, West Glamorgan files

Dates of creation: 1939-1990

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: (149 files)

Name of creator(s): National Coal Board, South Wales Area


Administrative and biographical history: The National Coal Board (NCB) was set up under the Coal Nationalisation Act 1946. From 1 January 1947 it had sole responsibility for managing the British coal industry. In its administrative organisation the NCB was divided geographically and departmentally. The collieries of the former county of West Glamorgan lay within the South Wales Area. The NCB became British Coal in 1986 and was dissolved in 1994. The work of the South Wales Area's departments included the purchase and sale of land for the extension of, or access to, mines; the creation of new mines and the reorganisation or closure of existing ones.


Scope and content: Departmental records of the National Coal Board, South Wales Area relating to the West Glamorgan area, 1939-1991, comprising Legal Department files relating to the Margam New Mine Project, 1984-1988; Estates Department files relating to the acquisition and disposal of NCB land and planning, 1939-1991; Secretary's correspondence and Finance Department files, 1948-1991; Mining Department files relating to proposed developments to, or the reorganisation of, existing mines, 1950-1987; files relating to health and safety and absenteeism at Blaenant Colliery, 1982-1990.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Legal Department; Estates Department; Secretary's correspondence, including Finance Department; Mining Department; Personnel Department.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Information not available

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: These records were previously stored in the NCB South Wales Area Records Centre. The South Wales Area records have been divided between the relevant South Wales record offices.

Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Related units of description: Other records of the National Coal Board, South Wales Areas are in West Glamorgan Archives Service, Glamorgan Record Office and Gwent Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Files from the National Coal Board South Wales Area relating to collieries in West Glamorgan, 1939-1990.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: January 2005



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