West Glamorgan Archive Service

National Coal Board Scientific Reports

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD PRO NCB 6

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Title: National Coal Board Scientific Reports

Short title: National Coal Board, scientific reports

Dates of creation: 1930-1988

Level of description: Sub-fonds

Extent and medium: (42 boxes, 11 loose files)

Name of creator(s): National Coal Board


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. The NCB became British Coal in 1986 and was dissolved in 1994. In its administrative organisation the NCB was divided geographically. The collieries of the former county of West Glamorgan lay within the South Wales Area, specifically the 'Area 1' and 'Area 9' sub-divisions. The NCB commissioned numerous reports. These include reports of experiments, including the testing of new boilers and the suitability of individual types, sizes and brands of coal for those boilers; reports of analyses of coal seams, especially where opencast sites uncovered unidentified seams; and reports on the testing of the efficiency of individual mines and their machinery, and, after their closure, determination of the necessary environmental tidying required on site.


Scope and content: National Coal Board scientific reports, 1930-1988, comprising reports of analyses of coal seams, 1938-1968; special reports relating to experiments and mine efficiency, 1951-1988; books and magazine articles, 1930-[1985].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: coal reports; special reports; loose files.

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.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Information not available

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

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


Related units of description: Further 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 sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, National Coal Board Scientific Reports, catalogue; West Glamorgan Archive Service, Files from the National Coal Board South Wales Area relating to collieries in West Glamorgan, 1939-1990, catalogue.

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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