When the Oaks Fired

In 2016 we marked the 150th anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster, the worst in English history, with an exhibition at Experience Barnsley.

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:

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