May Miner of the Month: Eric Richardson

Posted on by Melanie Charlton

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: Eric Richardson

May Miner of the Month: Eric Richardson

Miner Eric Richardson began working in the mining industry as an apprentice fitter at Dodworth Colliery in April 1963. His mining career ended at Maltby Colliery in April 2013.

“As a young lad living in Dodworth, unfortunately my first memory of mining was a neighbour of mine being killed at Wentworth Silkstone. This brought an overwhelming sadness to our close knit community.”

“You just happen to wake up at 5am each day with the clogs going down the street, not thinking, one day  I would be walking with them. “

Clogs were worn throughout the coalfields. They were popular when industrial workers wanted strong but cheap safety footwear. They were worn before work boots were readily available or affordable.

Pictured: An example of the clogs worn that Eric could hear walking down the street at 5am each morning. 

Eric came to be at the Museum through a volunteer role he spotted on the website.

“After visiting the Museum with all my grandchildren and enjoying the experience so much, I thought I could make a contribution.

“ After working for 50 years in the mining industry and witnessing the declination of the industry, I honestly feel that working at the Museum gives me the opportunity to pass my experience and knowledge on to all the visitors. 

“The Museum keeps the history alive and passes on mining traditions to future generations.”

Next month we'll be talking to Mick Green

Have you met Eric? Leave your comments below!


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Holly Norton

My husband and I and our two boys aged 5 & 7 visited the mine on Sunday and Eric was our tour guide. He obviously knew what he was talking about. He was full of knowledge about the mines and it really came across how passionate he was! Well worth a visit!!

Ian turner

Had the pleasure of working with Eric at maltby,a true gent.One of the best tale tellers ever to put on a pit helmet
Look after yesen eric

Dean bradbury

Top man Eric true honest gent all the best deano

dave Johnson

Known eric for many years top bloke many happy memories from our Maltby Colliery days. Good luck eric in your new surrounding I know that you will make a great contribution to all the old and new visitors good luck mate and carry on mining

Mick the miner

Eric is a top miner and a gent to boot

Terry nixon

Had some great laughs and great sure you will be asset to the mining museum.

john kelly

I first met eric at maltby colliery and worked many a shift alongside him he is a truly gentle giant of a man and was respected by all at maltby

john kelly

as well as knowing eric my history with caphouse/ the mining museum is that My old Mines rescue collegue Tom Charlton and myself gave rescue cover to you from denby grange in the transition period and just after until denby closed and we constructed and pumped the monolithic stoppings between caphouse and denby grange may you continue for many years to come.

Simon bonser

Used to work with the man what a lovely man he is would be nice to catch up with him after all the years gone by please say hello to the big man.

Nick gent

Ive known eric for the thirteen years at maltby, couldent to meet anyone like eric gent as always. Wish you all the best eric jack

Barrie Sales

I have known Eric since the early eighties when in the same group at Sheffield university whilst attending the now defunct trade union/ industrial relations studies in the Arts Tower. Later worked with him at Maltby Colliery as a fitter. Always had a laugh with him. Keep it up Eric.

Jack Robinson

Good luck Eric from your old mate Jack Robbie

Phil Coupland

Wel done eric lad from jack robi un phil




Met Eric today and he was truly knowledgeable and told it in a way that all could understand. Thank you for a memorable tour and insight into mining life.

Iain Robinson

On our visit to the museum yesterday, we were lucky enough to be guided through the underground experience by Eric. He conveyed to us his passion and love for the industry and his enthusiasm for the museum. The whole experience was somehow deeply moving- from learning about the harshness and disregard for workers in the early days through to the safety and technology of the modern mining environment. All delivered with gentle humour and sincerity. Top Bloke and a true Yorkshire Gentleman! Thank you Eric for a wonderful visit.

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