Document referenceDNCB/14
Level of description Subfonds
TitlePhotographic Collection
Date[1877-1980]
DescriptionThe National Coal Board photographic collection contains photographic material on a variety of physical media, including: prints, glass plate negatives, plastic negatives, photograph albums, lantern slides and transparencies. The material depicts collieries and other scenes from across the south Wales coalfield.

The photographic prints from the National Coal Board collection cover subjects including disasters, strikes, royal visits, views of collieries, underground scenes, groups of workmen, general studies of ‘valley life’, colliery horses, coal face work, the building of Cwm Coking Works and the visit of the Crown Prince of Japan to Deep Navigation Colliery in June 1976. There is also a series of photographs charting the progress of colliery reconstruction in the No.2 (Maesteg Area) of the South Western Division of the National Coal Board in the 1950s. Other printed material includes contact sheets used by the PR Department containing images of individual collieries and photograph albums showing developments at Nantgarw Colliery.

The substantial photographic negative collection includes (but is not limited to) images of individual collieries (above and below ground), pithead baths, medical centres, people, machinery, buildings, ancillary works, scientific equipment, exhibitions and staff training. The transparency and lantern slide collection also contains views of collieries above and below ground.

There is also paperwork relating to the negative collection, including indexes and documents concerning the creation of a coal industry photographic archive.
ArrangementThe photographic material with the National Coal Board collection has been brought together by the archivist under the sub-fonds 'Photographic Collection'. Within the subfonds material has been arranged by type of photographic media (prints, negatives, albums etc). DNCB/14/1/1-3 remain as three separate series of prints based on the original reference/accession numbers.
Extent2488 glass plate negatives, 2306 plastic negatives, 1430 photographs, 410 photographic contact sheets, 203 colour film slides, 34 transparencies, 24 glass lantern slides, 12 volumes, 8 colour strip slides, 5 boxes
Related materialFurther photographs of the south Wales coalfield are held at Glamorgan Archives. See the John O'Sullivan of Cardiff collection, D1061/1; the John Cornwell collection, DXGC189; the P O Davies of Mountain Ash, Papers, D1069; Ernest Carver, Photographs of Maesteg Collieries, DX6; and the Leslie Price South Wales Coalfield photograph collection, D1544. National Coal Board photographs relating to the Aberfan Disaster form part of the National Coal Board Aberfan Tribunal record series, see DNCB/4/1/11.
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