Apprentice Guides – New Safety Lamp Tour

NMMS and Gore Glen Primary School have worked together on this innovative and exciting new project. Meet our Apprentice Guide team:



[Left to right: Cole Downie, Cerys Dunant, Hayley Eddleston, David McNair, Mya Barrett, Kiera Hobson, Aimee Swan]


The 7 pupils from Primary 6 & 7, Gore Glen Primary School, have worked with staff from NMMS to create a brand new tour about the Safety Lamp.

The Apprentice Guides’s tour tells of the dangers miners faced underground, reenacts the rivalry between the Victorian inventors who created a device that provided light in the mines while reducing the risk of explosions, and finally offers a live demonstration of the safety lamp.

This one invention has been around for over 200 years and has saved thousands of miner’s lives around the world. The tour hopes to engage audiences with this important history and create a legacy for future generations.

Mya Barrett, one of the Apprentice Guides said:  “I’m really excited that we’ve had the opportunity to do this as my grandad was a miner at the Lady Victoria Colliery!”

The Apprentice Guide tour was officially launched by Nicky Wilson, former President of the NUM, on Monday 20th February 2017.

Mhairi Cross Apprentice Guide Nicky Wilson

[Left to right: Mhairi Cross Chief Executive NMMS, Mya Barrett Apprentice Guide, Nicky Wilson former President NUM]


From 7th March until 27th June 2017 pupils from across Midlothian’s primary schools are invited to enjoy this inspiring, innovative and educational tour. The tour will run every Tuesday morning – booking is essential.

If you would like to book your class in for an Apprentice Guide tour or for further information please get in touch with our Education Manager, Victoria Robb.


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