Glamorgan Archives needs your help to identify photographs of the south Wales coalfield that were deposited at the Archives earlier this year.
The 79 photographs are an amazing portrayal of the south Wales coalfield. They comprise photographs of miners at Abercynon Colliery, c.1980; photographs documenting the closure of collieries in the 1980s; photographs of posters and signs displayed at various collieries; and photographs of families collecting coal from tips during the miners’ strike of 1984-1985.
However, little is known about the history of the collection. No details are recorded of the photographer(s) or the reasons the photographs were taken. The names of some of the men pictured in the images have been recorded, but that is all we know. So, we would love to hear from anyone who may know any details about the images, why they were taken and who took them.
The photographs were transferred to Glamorgan Archives by staff at ON at Fife Archives, who discovered the collection during the listing of the SCOTSPEAK oral history collection. The photographs were passed to the SCOTSPEAK project by the Cardenden Mining Museum, so it is thought that the images may have been on display at the museum and one time.
Thanks to the work of Iain Flett, Volunteer at ON at Fife Archives, the collection is now available to view in our search room (ref.: D1544), and digital images can be accessed through our catalogue Canfod http://calmview.cardiff.gov.uk/.
A section of images from the collection are shown below. If you have any information about the collection or any of the individual photographs please contact email@example.com.
Louise Clarke, Glamorgan’s Blood Project Archivist
Portraits of Workers at Abercynon, c.1980
Group Portraits of Workers at Abercynon Colliery
Collecting coal [at Cwmcynon Tip during the Miner’s Strike, 1984-1985]
Ceri Thompson notes that ‘the little girl in the colourful coat is Nathalie Butts-Thompson. I interviewed her for GLO and she supplied me with that photo for the publication’.