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Engineering Group: Aberfan Memorial Lecture

18 October 2016
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Event type:
Evening meeting, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Engineering Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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The sudden failure of the waste tip at Aberfan on 21 October 1966 killed 144 people, of which 116 were children as the slurry swept through parts of the village including the Pantglas Junior School. A new plaque, unveiled in 2015 in remembrance of the former Merthyr Vale Colliery that fed the tip, records its long history.

Opened in 1875, the colliery closed in 1989 following a long and proud existence punctuated by one of the darkest days in the history of coal mining.

Today we will reflect on the events 50 years ago and refresh our professional memories.


Tea & Coffee from 5.30pm

Meeting starts from 6.00pm


Paul Maliphant - Development Director, Mott MacDonald

Helen Reeves - Science Director Engineering Geology, British Geological Survey