12 December 1866- 150 Years After the Oaks Disaster

On the 150th anniversary, to the day, of the Oaks Colliery Disaster we remember those who lost their lives in this special event.


Start Date: 12th December 2016, 18:30
End Date: 12th December 2016, 21:00

Event Info

Apologies – please note, this event is now fully booked. If you have not already booked a place for the event please do not turn up on the evening

On the day of the 150th anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster we invite you to join us in remembering the 383 men and boys who lost their lives.

Illustrated London News- Oaks Disaster

The commemorative evening will include:

  • Barnsley Poet Laureate, Ian McMillan, reading a specially commissioned poem thanks to the Hear My Voice project.
  • Short film by Alan Andrews, the ART of Mining, showing the 1866 Oaks Colliery in virtual reality.
  • Stephen Miller, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, introducing the exhibition and wider research.

The ‘When the Oaks Fired’ exhibition will also be formally opened at Experience Barnsley and you will have the opportunity to visit it during the evening. The exhibition has been co-curated by Barnsley Museums and the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and brings together years of archive research.

A team of dedicated volunteers from across Barnsley will be acknowledged by the Mayor, Councillor Linda Burgess, for the thousands of hours of research they have contributed to producing a detailed list of the 383 individual victims (available at www.discoverdearne.org.uk/oaks-disaster-victim). The research has been widely acknowledged as a ground breaking piece of work and has recently been published by the Archives and Records Association, the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers.



Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, Town Hall Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2TA

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