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Cwmtillery Lakes

21.10.20

REMEMBERING ABERFAN 1966

BBC News

54 years ago, at 9.15 on the 21st October 1966 a colliery spoil tip above the village of Aberfan collapsed and slid down the mountainside into the main building of Pantglas Junior School and about 20 houses. A total of 144 people died, 116 of them children and 28 adults.


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BBC Wales News: Remembering Aberfan

01.04.20

DISCOVERY OF NEOLITHIC SITE IN CWMCELYN VALLEY

Cwmcelyn Valley

A new Neolithic discovery has just been made in the Cwmcelyn valley in Blaenau Gwent. Ancient cairns, used to bury Neolithic tribes people over 4,500 years ago, were found near the Milfraen mountainside overlooking Blaina by the Aberystruth Archaeological Society last month.

This find is the latest in a string of discoveries made by the local historical group and comes after a group of huts used by the prehistoric people known as Beaker people, were found on the adjacent hillside in the valley in 2015.


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Aberystruth History and Archaeology Society

14.07.20

COLOUR FROM SIX BELLS COAL MINE

An¬†exciting new regeneration scheme for Six Bells is due to go ahead this autumn. Visual artist Onya McCausland has brought her ‘Colour from the Mines’ project to Blaenau Gwent.

Left over waste from the Six Bells coal mine is being recycled as pigment and used to create a number of special ochre paints that are unique to the village.

The project is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to highlight the rich mining history of Six Bells.


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Turning Landscape into Colour – Onya McCausland

28.06.20

60 YEARS SINCE EXPLOSION AT SIX BELLS COLLIERY

Guardian

On the 28th June 1960 an underground explosion at Six Bells Colliery killed 45 miners. The mine is now the site of the Guardian memorial designed by Sebastian Boyesen. Although the memorial primarily honours the memory of those who died at Six Bells, it is also dedicated to the courage of every mining community, wherever they may be.


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BBC WALES – The Slate, The ‘Guardian’ of Abertillery

Ty Ebbw Fach – Guardian