In 1866, the worst disaster in British mining history occurred at The Oaks Colliery, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Why did it happen? What were the effects on the community, then and up to the present?
150 years later, in 2016, director Stephen Linstead set about making a documentary film to examine these questions.
With cinematographer Andy Lawrence, and animator Alan Andrews, Stephen produced a multi-award winning 30 minute documentary film -
Stephen invited folk musician Jed Grimes to compose and arrange music for the film.
Jed composed 'The Oaks Lament' as the film's main theme, and arranged Johnny Handle's song 'Guard Yer Man Weel' with electronica producer
In 2018, the film music won an award for excellence at Atlanta, Georgia Film Festival.
SEE THE AWARD HERE>>
Graham Ibbeson, sculptor and the descendant of an Oaks disaster victim, was commissioned to produce a statue depicting a miner's wife and child hurrying to the disaster site.
Graham also speaks eloquently in the film about his work and what it means to him to have created this piece.
With the help of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, the statue was erected in Barnsley and unveiled on May 7, 2017, marking the 150th anniversary of the laying in Parliament of the Report of The Oaks Colliery Explosion.
There were brass bands, banners and a huge turn-out to witness the unveiling: a powerful reminder of the ties that still bind this working community!
Director Stephen Linstead and BBC Folk Award Nominee Jed Grimes have devised an hour-long show including the film, songs and stories from mining history, and a Q&A session.
The show will appear at Edinburgh Fringe and other venues during 2018.
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