Blantyre Mining Disaster

Scotland's worst ever mining disaster happened on 22nd October 1877 at Blantyre. ‘I was shattered by a report like the firing of cannons, louder than any thunder I have hears and this was followed by a dense volume of smoke and a vast sheet of flames. It lasted four or five minutes.’ The explosion at High Blantyre Colliery on the 22nd of October 1877 was Scotland’s worst ever mining disaster, resulting in the deaths of over 200 people. At about 9 o’clock in the morning an...

Memorial Centre

Scotland’s proud coalfield communities have a new place to remember the victims of their dirty and dangerous industry, with the opening of a superb new facility at National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange. Midlothian MP and former miner David Hamilton formally opened the UK’s first National Mining Memorial Centre on Saturday 7th September. David Hamilton said: “I welcome the opportunity of opening this new facility.  It is appropriate that miners’ families whose loved...

Photography Exhibition

A brand new photographic exhibition has today opened at National Mining Museum Scotland.  The exhibition is the culmination of a six month nature photography competition celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland 2013. The Midlothian Natural Photography Competition covered four categories, each of which was adopted from the key themes of Year of Natural Scotland: Natural Heritage, Natural Landscapes, Flora and Fauna and Junior.  The three winning images under each category and 28 shortlisted...
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