Glamorgan’s Blood: health and welfare records in the coal industry collections – Pre-vesting date material within the National Board Collection

The current cataloguing and conservation of the National Coal Board and pre-vesting colliery company records held at Glamorgan Archives has been made possible by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health and as such one of the project’s main aims has been to improve access to records related to medical and welfare issues. In this series of blog posts project archivist, Louise Clarke, highlights some of the types of material that you are able to find on this topic within the coalfield collection.

Pre-vesting date material – DNCB/15

DNCB/15 is a series that comprises material of general historical interest, kept on file by the National Coal Board, relating to coal mining and associated industries before the nationalisation of the coal industry in January 1947. Within this series there are a number of records associated with health and welfare within the coal industry prior to nationalisation.

One particular file relating to Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber Hospital contains material such as notes on hospital benefit, hospital regulations, hospital admission contributions and a history of the hospital service at Mountain Ash.

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Hospital rules, Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber Hospital (DNCB/15/17/2)

A programme from the visit of HRH The Duchess of York to Deep Duffryn pithead baths also features within the series, and serves to emphasise the importance placed on the pithead baths buildings.

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Programme for the visit of the Duchess of York to Deep Duffryn Pithead baths (DNCB/15/17/3)

A certificate issued by Brynmenyn Rescue station to Thomas John Jones of Cribbwr Fawr Colliery on 4 May 1920 shows that the welfare of workers underground was considered, and that staff were appropriately trained in the use of rescue apparatus.

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Rescue apparatus training course certificate (DNCB/15/10/3)


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