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Aberfan’s iconic clock will be on display at St Fagans National Museum

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A key item relating to the Aberfan disaster in 1966 has been donated to the permanent collection of the National Museum Wales.

The clock – which stopped at 9.13am when disaster struck – will now be part of the collections of the National History Museum at St Fagans in Cardiff.

The clock was recovered from the wreckage of a house in Aberfan after a tidal wave of coal spoil crashed into the village on October 21, 1966.

The hands stop at 9:13 a.m. – the exact moment tragedy struck that morning.

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The clock has since been kept safely at the home of Mike Flynn, the son of Mike Flynn (senior) who witnessed the scene on that fateful day.

At the time, Mr. Flynn was a postman and paramedic for the Territorial Army paratroopers.

Amgueddfa Cymru hopes that with the clock in their care, future generations will remember one of Wales’ worst disasters.



The clock, which stopped at 9.13am – the moment the Aberfan disaster struck, will now be part of the collections of the National History Museum at St Fagans in Cardiff

Sioned Williams, Senior Curator of Modern History at St Fagans National History Museum, said: ‘We are very grateful to Mike for donating the clock to Amgueddfa Cymru, enabling us to tell the story of an important part of Welsh history.

“Once it is moved here to St Fagans we will display it as soon as possible in the…gallery which explores the stories of Wales through the ages and is accessible to all. And we at St Fagans look forward to to work with Mike and the community at Aberfan as we prepare to display this important part of Welsh history.We hope to collect many more items related to the Aberfan disaster.

Mr Flynn said he was ‘delighted’, adding: ‘I have always thought I would like to see the clock and similar items on permanent display in a place like St Fagans National History Museum as it is a museum of Welsh history and this would be the most appropriate place for it.”

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