Glamorgan Archives has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant of £203,456 to catalogue and conserve the records of the National Coal Board (NCB) for the Glamorgan area. This is the second largest Research Resources Grant awarded in the UK, and the largest ever awarded in Wales.
The project – Glamorgan’s Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins – Cataloguing and Conserving the Records of the National Coal Board – will focus on one of the most significant collections held at Glamorgan Archives. These records cover all aspects of the coal industry, from geological surveys and the impact of mining on the environment to information on individual pits along with details of coal miners and their work, their families and their health – and union or welfare association efforts to improve this.
Coal fuelled the development of Glamorgan, attracted its population and fed its ports which exported materials and technology to the world. These developments were of major international significance and attract academic interest from across the world. They also supported a large population in communities across south Wales which retain a passionate interest and pride in their heritage.
The NCB collection is one of the largest held by Glamorgan Archives, comprising 344 boxes, 575 rolls and 707 volumes, ranging in date from 1799 to 1989. It includes both paper records and photographic media. Despite the inadequate finding aids, the collection is the fifth most frequently consulted at the Archives.
This funding will enable a project archivist to work full-time on the production of a good quality catalogue to increase the accessibility of the records, along with the employment of a conservator to ensure the stabilisation of the collection and its long-term preservation for future generations.
Work on the three-year project starts in the autumn and progress will be reported on the Glamorgan Archives blog https://glamarchives.wordpress.com/
About Glamorgan Archives
Glamorgan Archives serves the authorities of Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It collects, preserves and makes available to the public documents from the area dating from the 12th century to the present day. Over 12km of documents are held in the strongrooms of its purpose-built facility which opened in January 2010.
More information on Glamorgan Archives can be found at www.glamarchives.gov.uk
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.
Further information on the Wellcome Trust is available at www.wellcome.ac.uk
For further details contact:
Rhian Diggins, Senior Archivist
Glamorgan Archives, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AW
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel.: 029 2087 2299