A HISTORIC pit in the town centre has reopened its pop-up museum for the first time since before the pandemic hit.

Barnsley Main - known for being the site of the ‘Oaks Disaster’ which took the lives of 383 people in 1866 - is a ‘rare survivor’ of South Yorkshire mining heritage, and has a colourful past of which volunteers are excited to share again with visitors.

Sarah Dewey, media manager for the site and volunteer for Barnsley Main Heritage Group, said: “We’re over the moon to be able to reopen.

“It’s still very much a work in progress, but we are really excited.

“We’re trying to get the local community involved to share family stories for our exhibitions.

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“We’re particularly keen to get the word out to schools and local children’s groups, as we’re the perfect venue for outdoor learning and learning local history.”

The pop-up museum will be open on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 12pm.