Just after 1 o’clock on the afternoon of the 12 December 1866 a low rumble was heard across Barnsley that pointed to only one thing. It was just minutes later that four words spread through the town like wildfire, ‘the Oaks has fired‘.
The Oaks Disaster was a series of large underground explosions at the Oaks Colliery, Barnsley, starting on 12 December 1866. It was the worst mining disaster in Victorian Britain and remains the worst in English history.
The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership worked with a team of dedicated volunteers to find out more. Collectively they spent over 3000 hours uncovering the life stories of those killed, discovering if and where they are buried and aiming to get as close as possible to a definitive list.
This research forms part of a number of outcomes the DVLP are leading on:
- Exhibition at Experience Barnsley in December 2016.
- Improvements to the remaining buildings at Barnsley Main, which sit on the site of the Oaks Colliery.
- Commemorative events for the 150th anniversary.
Locations in the Dearne
This event can be found at the following locations:
Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre contains information and artefacts concerning Barnsley.
Barnsley Main Colliery, Barnsley
The Barnsley Main Colliery is the remains of large deep mining site located in the Barnsley area in South Yorkshire.