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 November is author David Wylie, Scottish correspondent for Earthmovers Magazine. David will move the earth for audiences as he tells of the world’s biggest, and arguably, best earthmoving machinery. David’s fantastic new book, Earthmovers In Scotland, is released this November and tells the story of highly skills and experienced owners, drivers and managers that work with earthmoving equipment. An insight into this astounding book and images can be seen in his Youtube film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihaQTI5Uwmg

Set in the emotive Powerhouse of the Lady Victoria Colliery Denise Bates, on Wednesday 23rd November, will speak about the backbone of Scotland’s coalmining communities – women! During this event audiences will hear the inspiring and often untold tales of Scotland’s women working underground as well as gain a glimpse at the female miners of 1842, many of whom worked at the Lady Victoria Colliery. In addition to this Denise’s publishers, Pen & Sword, are offering a 50% discount on copies of Denise’s e-books and 25% off hard copies!

For the final evening talk, author Dorothy Alexander, on Thursday 24th November, tells Martha and Jess’s story in her debut novel The Mauricewood Devils. The novel, set in 1889 takes audiences through the emotive and gripping history of when a fire tore through the Mauricewood coal pit and left only 2 men alive. Dorothy, who sold out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, tells of her personal connection which sparked her inspiration behind her tribute to resilience and courage in the face of utter catastrophe, based on true events, original source material and her own family history.
Throughout Book Week Scotland, NMMS will be providing free, behind the scenes tours of the museum library. The library offers a fantastic resource for Scotland’s mining history, practices and communities. It is staffed by the museum’s fantastic curatorial and volunteer team who offer personal details and rare glimpses into the lives behind the books.

NMMS is a 5 star rated museum based in Newtongrange, Midlothian, only a short trip by bus, train or car from Edinburgh city centre.  Mhairi Cross, Chief Executive for NMMS, speaking about Book Week Scotland said: “We are proud to be part of Book Week Scotland. This is a great week promoting Scotland’s great literary achievements and where better to host such events than in the inspiring and emotive Lady Victoria Colliery. Indeed, Book Week Scotland offers a chance to uncover hidden and untold stories from Scotland’s fascinating heritage. At the Mining Museum we are pleased to offer a wide variety of events and want to encourage people who may have never thought to visit the museum before to do so now.”

NMMS are grateful to Scottish Book Trust for providing funding for Book Week Scotland events.