17 September 2016 - 14 January 2017

The Library presents two exhibitions to commemorate one of Wales' most tragic coal-mining disasters of the 20th century.

The Days After

Upper Central Hall

It was on every news station that October morning. A mountain had fallen on a junior school in Aberfan, Wales. Scores of children were dead or missing along with many of their teachers. It was Friday, 21st of October, 1966.

Moved by the tragic news reports from Aberfan, photographer I C Rapoport travelled from New York to the South Wales village to document the shock and grief and the stirrings of life after so much loss.

View these moving images for yourself, and witness the aftermath of one of Wales' darkest days.

Black October

Gregynog Annexe

An opportunity to view items from the Library collections commemorating the tragedy. From literature and art to music and film. An immersive experience showing the effect of the disaster and the reaction in Wales.

The exhibition also includes a 'coal installation', which shows one piece of coal for each life lost. See the video of its creation below.