Episode 1-Aberfan

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Aberfan Disaster, Wales, October 21, 1966

In the fall of 1966, a terrible failure took place in the small town of Aberfan in Wales. A failure that killed nearly 150-and the devastation would not end when the last victim was recovered from the rubble. It would take more than 20 years for real closure for the families affected.

While I really wanted to provide some photos here on the episode pages, getting permission to use someone else’s picture is either nearly impossible, or costs money. So I will simply direct you elsewhere on the intra-nets and you can investigate further, or not, as you see fit.

An article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37716060/aberfan-school-pupils-learn-about-the-tragedy-in-their-village-50-years-ago has an amazing photo clearly showing the destruction of the slip.

I would also suggest http://www.codex99.com/photography/images/aberfan/aberfan_1_lg.jpg

There is a lovely website with lots of pictures and a bit of information as well, here…http://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/htm/onthisday/aberfan/aberfan.htm check it out.

Episode Bibliography

Davies, Edmund (1967). Report of the Tribunal Appointed to Inquire into the Disaster at Aberfan on October 21st, 1966 (PDF). London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. OCLC 209323.

http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/chap1.htm – eyewitness statements.  “The Last Day Before Half-Term.  Comes from https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/home.htm homepage.


Aberfan: The Fight for Justice  BBC production-YouTube
Aberfan: Government and disasters by Iain McLean and Martin Jones



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