Remembering Michael

Fifty years since The Michael Colliery Fire by Jillian Galbraith, NMMS Volunteer On the morning of 9th September, 1967, many mining families in the area of East Wemyss, Fife must have heard with dread the news of a fire in the nearby Michael Colliery. Located between Kirkcaldy and Leven, the colliery had a great record as the largest producer of coal in Scotland, employing an average of 2,598 miners. Major investment in the 1960s included the finest pithead baths in the UK. Extensive...

Volunteer Friendly Award

We're delighted to have won the Volunteer Friendly Award at Volunteer Midlothian's annual Awards Ceremony at Newbattle Abbey College last week! We have a fantastic team of volunteers who contribute so much to the museum and we really appreciate everything they do!

Young artists awarded

The winners of the Friends of National Mining Museum Scotland Art Competition were today presented with their prizes at an award ceremony in the Power House at National Mining Museum Scotland. The competition, which was launched in March, was open to all P6 and P7 pupils at Primary Schools across Midlothian.  Around 100 entries were received and displayed in the museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery over the Easter holidays. The three winners were selected by a panel of judges, as...


A Lothian Coal Company accident report book, dating back to 1914, has today gone on display in the foyer at National Mining Museum Scotland.  The book lists all the accidents ever to have occurred in the Lothian Coal Company pits between 1914 and 1933, from minor cuts and sprains through to fatalities. The accident report book was discovered by two volunteers in the British Heart Foundation shop in Leith whilst they sorted through bags of donations.  The volunteers, realising the...

Apprentice Guides

  A new team of Apprentices are preparing to start work at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange!  The brand new Apprentice Guides programme is currently being developed by the National Mining Museum in conjunction with pupils from Primary 6 & 7 at Gore Glen Primary School, Gorebridge. The programme, which aims to aims to increase engagement by the community with their mining heritage, will see the seven Apprentice Guides deliver tours and safety lamp...

Christmas is coming!

National Mining Museum is set to host a series of events throughout December to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Kicking off proceedings on Saturday 3rd December is the Magical Christmas with Mickey and Friends, a Christmas party with a difference!  Hosted by Boogie Buddies, there will be singing, dancing, games & prizes with some of your favourite tibute characters - Mickey and Minnie Mouse, PJ Masks Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, Henry Hugglemonster, Sheriff Callie and Deputy Peck,...

Book Week Scotland Uncovers the Mine!

National Mining Museum Scotland, for the first time ever, will be hosting a series of exciting events this November as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s Book Week Scotland 2016. The doors will be open longer, the events will be free and literacy will be celebrated throughout the museum! Taking place 21st - 27th November, National Mining Museum Scotland (NMMS) has arranged a series of varied events offering an inspiring week for all tastes and ages. Kicking off the week on Tuesday 22nd...

Aberfan Remembered

On the 50th anniversary of one of the most shocking mining disasters ever witnessed by the UK, we are remembering those who lost their lives.  We also remember the families and community that were tragically changed forever. Laura Burnett, keen historian and National Mining Museum Scotland volunteer, has prepared the following essay on what happened that dreadful day in Aberfan. The Aberfan Disaster, 21 October...


We are delighted to announce that you can now download "Crafting the Mine" to play at home!  Read more and find out how here!
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