March Miner of the Month: Richard Fisher AKA Dick

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

March Miner of the Month

Each month we’ll be introducing you to our very own Miner Guides. We’ll delve in to their life in mining and discover just how they ended up at our Museum. 

Pictured: Dick Fisher and Old Roundwood Colliery by artist Paul Sharp 1957 (L-R)

Richard Fisher AKA Dick

Richard Fisher AKA Dick was first involved in coal mining in 1956. He started out at Old Roundwood Colliery, Ossett, the mine later closed in the early 1960s.

At Old Roundwood Richard began working on the surface screening plant (used to group coal into ranges by size) and then moved on to become an apprentice fitter.

“Coal mining was a way of life, not just a job” says Richard.

“My fondest memories are of the camaraderie amongst the miners, I definitely gained my friends for life through mining.”

Richard now works at the Museum as part of a large team of Miner Guides. The guides take the public and education groups 140m underground to explore the mine, with first hand experience of having worked in one. As well as assisting with maintenance of the museum site and mine itself.

“I actually applied for a caretaker job at the Museum to begin with, but took a guide job instead! It’s great to see the camaraderie is still alive right from the miner guides to mine managers at the museum even today.”

Visit Dick and the rest of the miners at the museum any day of the week from 10am-5pm and experience the mine itself. Meet Richard and our other miners on our See How They Run weekend as part of British Science Week 21-22 March. 

Next month we'll be talking to Graham Stringfellow AKA Kebab.

Have you met Dick? Leave your comments below!

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Ken Swaine

YES I have met Dick !!!!

Don Kirkaldy AKA Elvis

I met Richard when I too worked as an underground guide at the Mining Museum. The guides do a great job and make all visitors enjoy their trip round the surface and underground. It's the best museum in the North of England without a doubt. If you have never been do yourself a favour and go.
Don Kirkaldy

Justine Roberts

Thank you for the post. I have not met Richard, but will look out for him next time I am at the museum.

I just wanted to comment as it is lovely to hear a reference to Old Roundwood and see someone who worked there. My Granddad worked there too, in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Becky - Museum Marketing Assistant

Thank you for your lovely comments, we'll make sure they are passed on!

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