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Caerphilly County Borough Council Bring History to Life
To commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Senghenydd Colliery Explosion, the UK’s worst ever mining disaster, Caerphilly County Borough Council have participated in a new community website
Working with the Aber Valley Heritage Group to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Senghenydd Colliery Explosion, which saw four hundred and thirty nine miners and one rescuer lose their lives, they mapped the addresses of all the victims to draw attention to the scale of the tragedy.
The project was untaken as part of a new community website with a section devoted to the UK’s worst ever mining disaster, not only to commemorate the centenary, but as part of a wider campaign to honour the many thousands of individuals who have perished keeping our industries running, our homes warm and our ships afloat.
In pursuit of original content, the names and addresses of the victims were extracted from the century‑old official inquest and inquiry documents, which were then tidied up and matched to the council’s local address dataset. It was through this matching process that geographical coordinates were added, making it possible to visually represent where the miners had lived at the time of the disaster.
“While not technically ground-breaking, it was definitely innovative,”
“Through the interactive map, there is a striking impression in the density of distress, house after house, street after street, and also the unexpected aspects in the distance some men travelled to work – some from as far as Cardiff docklands.”
The website was launched by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, on 28th June 2012 and for the first time, the community now has a website to help broadcast their story and publicise their memorial campaign. With the help of Caerphilly County Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local Community Councils and many individuals, the Aber Valley Heritage group have so far raised £100,000 for the memorial.
To find out more about local address datasets, visit www.geoplace.co.uk or to see the map, visit your.caerphilly.gov.uk/