When the Oaks Fired Exhibition

This exhibition at Experience Barnsley tells the story of the 1866 Oaks Colliery Disaster through the experiences of the people who witnessed this terrible tragedy.


Start Date: 30th November 2016, 09:00
End Date: 8th February 2017, 16:00

Event Info

The Oaks Colliery Disaster killed 383 men and boys in two explosions on 12th and 13th December 1866. It was the worst mining disaster in Victorian Britain and remains the worst in English history. On the 150th anniversary of the disaster we remember those who paid the ultimate price for coal.

Illustrated London News- Oaks Disaster


The exhibition focuses on the human stories of the disaster. Who was involved, how did it affect families and communities and what was the legacy of the disaster.

A range of events will run alongside the exhibitions, see our ‘What’s On’ page for details.



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

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