Miner of the Month: Russell Kear

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

We've been chatting to Miner Guide, Russell Kear AKA Russ to find out a little bit more about his life before and after the Museum.

Russell Kear AKA Russ started mining at the age of 16 at Sharlston before transferring to the Selby Coal Field in 1993. When the Selby Coal Field closed in 2004, he moved to Kellingley where he spent the remaining years of his career.

“One of my biggest memories is the Miners’ Strike of 84/85, being only 19 years old when it took place”

Russ was made redundant on 24th July 2015 at the age of 50. Having worked with a few of the men at Caphouse before, he got in touch with the Museum and soon became a member of the NCM team.

“The best part of the job? Meeting people and sharing memories of mining in the past and present – especially giving an insight into the humour miners share!”

“It’s great to watch people laugh and say they’ve really enjoyed the tour.”

If you fancy getting kitted out and embarking on a journey 140m beneath the surface, book one of special underground tours today! 

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