Historian Series 2-8
Richard was born in Derby and educated at Stanley College. He spent nine years in the Territorial Army, commissioned into the third battalion of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. In 1965 he joined the family business selling pop records in the local market, until in 1988 after a trip to York, Richard decided to sell Derby instead. After six months he was the chairman of Derby and Derbyshire Tourism Association, where he remained for three years.
For the past twelve years Derby based local historian Richard Felix has been proprietor of the Derby Heritage Centre. His investigations into Derby’s local history, lead him to discover a multitude of haunted houses and ghostly apparitions haunting Derby, from child caring spectres to screaming Viking skulls. As such he has proclaimed Derby to be the ‘Dead Centre’ of Britain, and created a now world-renowned ghost tour of the city. This tour has attracted thousands of visitors to the city, and has scared its fair share of locals, the highlight of the tour being in the old Derby Gaol recently purchased by Felix.
Having realised the vast interest the public has in ghostly goings on; Felix began to look further a field, to the ghosts of other counties and cities. Seeing that Derby was not on it’s own in terms of hauntings, he has established the Nationwide Ghost Hunting Tour of Britain.
This has resulted in a series of videos in conjunction with Past in Pictures, which are exclusive to each area. From the North East to the South West, Felix is travelling the country filming his own experiences at haunted sites and interviewing those local to the areas that have witnessed ghostly occurrences.
On several occasions these films have been featured on both cable tv and the BBC, and are currently a part of a ‘Most Haunted’ series on Sky. The Ghost Hunting Tour is still going with many areas still not covered, and Felix is constantly looking for your help with his research, either by mailing him photos or stories, which hint toward the supernatural, which he can investigate for use in further videos.
Richard left Most Haunted at the end of series 8. He held a web chat and left this message
“Apologies for the web chat crashing this evening, we’ve never had such a response, I should get sacked every week! Just so you all know its official, last week I was told that Living TV no longer require a historian on Most Haunted. Can I just thank everyone for their kind words of support that I have received over the last few days, I am absolutely overwhelmed. I would also like to thank Karl and Yvette for giving me the exposure which has resulted in all of you out there. I would also like to congratulate them on creating the best ghost programme in the world, to date! See you all very soon, don’t go away cus I’ll be back! xxx”
A self confessed super fan of Most Haunted and editor of GhostMag.com. Matt’s passion for ghost hunting began when he moved into a haunted house in his second year of university in Leicester! His favourite location is the Niddry Street Vaults in Edinburgh.