150th Anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster

Oaks Colliery Disaster 1866-2016

Thanks go to the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership the following logo is available to users free for non-commercial use in materials relating to the disaster.

December 2016 will mark 150 years since the Oaks Disaster in which over 360 miners died.

Old Oaks Colliery c. 1897

A view of the Old Oaks Colliery c. 1897. Leased by Firth, Barber & Co at the time of the disaster, it was later purchased by Charles Cammell & Co. Ltd in 1873. [from: Sheffield and Rotherham up-to-date, a fin-de-siecle review, Robertson, 1897, p.32]

A series of historical research and commemorative projects will be taking place as we approach the date:

  • The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is working with Barnsley Archives and Local Studies to research the names of those killed and to try and compile a complete biographical list. Everyone is invited to contribute. Contact Stephen Miller on 01226 773110 or stephenmiller@barnsley.gov.uk

Useful Sources on the Oaks Colliery

Many fulltext sources of contemporary material are available

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