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New Mine Manager at National Coal Mining Museum for England

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is pleased to announce that Willie McGranaghan has been appointed as Deputy Director and Mine Manager, a position that requires two hats or ‘helmets!’ to be worn. Firstly, that of Mine Manager, where responsibilities include managing forty-six miners, checking gas levels (especially when the barometer drops), monitoring the mine water pumping operation (Caphouse can pump up to one million gallons a day) and ensuring statutory checks on the winding equipment underground are kept up to date.
Secondly, as Deputy Director, Mr McGranaghan will ensure the site is suitable, accessible and safe for the public and will be concerned with the conservation of equipment and buildings.
Mr McGranaghan will also be involved in further developments to the Museum, to ensure that visitors are given an ever-increasing range of experiences, hands-on activities and exhibits. Plans include the reconstruction of a Victorian miner’s cottage and the redevelopment of the underground tour.
Mr McGranaghan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in mining and in health and safety to the Museum. Before joining the Museum in January 2008, Mr McGranaghan held a variety of positions in various collieries around the country, having grown up in a coal-mining family in Scotland. Most recently he worked as Mine Manager in turn at Rossington, Wistow, Riccall and Harworth Collieries.
Mr McGranaghan said “I am delighted to have joined the team at the National Coal Mining Museum and look forward to playing my role in ensuring that future generations are aware of the role of coal mining in our industrial heritage. Working at the Museum will provide a range of new and exciting challenges along with everyday challenges of running the mine and working with the miners”

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