Aberfan Disaster, 1966

Aberfan Coal Slip Disaster, Wales, 1966 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Two surviving children stand at the top of the hill overlooking the miners digging to find children still buried in the slag, Aberfan Coal Slip Disaster, Wales, 1966 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Aberfan Coal Slip Disaster, Wales, 1966 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Aberfan Disaster, 1966 / Vintage Press Prints

A collection of vintage press prints that document the Aberfan disaster in 1966 when a local colliery spoil tip collapsed tragically killing many children and adults from the village of Aberfan.

“I was with another photographer, Ian Berry, in Bristol, I think when we heard the news of the tragedy over the car radio. We both immediately said, “We need to be there”. All the roads into the valley were closed, but I had enough local knowledge to find a way into the town from the north. We stayed there all day, through the night, and into the following morning, as these desperate efforts to rescue the buried children were going on. These were the most emotional few days of my life.”

23 silver gelatin press prints – various sizes

 

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