November Miner of the Month : Paul Francis

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Paul began his career at Grimethorpe Colliery in 1974 aged 22, working on the surface with all the mobile plant machinery. He also worked underground in 1989.

"One of my clearest memories is that the surface was always really dusty in the Summer and wallowing in sludge in the Winter.  It was heavy, dirty work on the plant machinery. We always had a good team to work with though."

Paul was recommended to the Museum by some of the other Miner Guides and joined the team showing groups around the Underground Tour.

"The best part of the job is meeting and interacting with members of the public."

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

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Christopher Cranshaw

After visiting the NCM with my school I wanted to take my grandma because she lives nearby. We had a great time. The tour miner was very funny and very knowledgeable. I think every body should know how brave the miners and their children were. I don't think I would be able to have done it. I liked the stories which were told to us. You need to visit the mine to really learn how brave the miners were. I want to go a lot more times in the future. Christopher (aged 10) from Cheshire

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