The ‘When the Oaks Fired’ exhibition at Experience Barnsley (30 November 2016 – 8 February 2017) attracted over 5000 visitors. The exhibition was the outcome of thousands of hours of volunteer research and community engagement.
Here are just a few quotes from the visitor book:
“This exhibition brought me to tears. Looking at all those names on the wall shocked me.” N.Jackson.
“The stories here are heart-wrenching, really bringing home the disaster. The exhibition is fantastic, a brilliant effort from everyone involved.” L. Binney, aged 17
“I think the disaster was really bad and the displays are beautiful.” Bethany, aged 5
“The story of Sarah Hyde identifying her husband by her sewn patch on his trousers made me cry.” A. Deerman
The exhibition also featured a stunning virtual reality film made by Alan Andews, The Art of Mining. You can view a clip of the film here:
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.