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Research on the Oaks Disaster to mark 150th anniversary

Wednesday July 1 2015

HELP is needed to research the worst mining accident in English history - the 1866 Oaks Disaster.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership are working with Barnsley Archives and local studies to look for volunteers to help them research those sadly killed.

December 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the disaster.

To commemorate the tragedy a series of projects are being developed including an exhibition at Experience Barnsley, physical improvements to the Barnsley Main site and events involving schools and the local community.

Estimates of the men and boys killed ranges from 340 to 380 but no definitive list has ever been published.

People who would like to help or learn more about the project are asked to contact Stephen Miller on 01226 773110 or stephenmiller@barnsley.gov.uk.

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Reply Posted by june stott on Monday May 30 2016 at 14:07
I have been doing my ancestry and found that my GG Gandfather was killed in a gunpowder explosion at the Oaks mine in 1861,I have tried to find more information on line but can only find the one in 1866.I wondered if you could advise me as to where I could find more information. Many thanks.