Museum Collection

The National Mining Museum Scotland is the national coal mining museum for Scotland and cares for the Lady Victoria Colliery and the national coal mining collections. The collections at the museum comprise over 60,000 items including objects, archive material, photographs and books.

The Museum’s object collection includes tools, safety equipment, lamps, models, clothing, trophies, geological specimens, banners and art. There is also a collection of large mining objects including coal cutters, cages and locomotives. The Museum has over 20,000 photographs in its archive, including underground scenes, surface images, aerial views of collieries, miners at work and play, gala days and village scenes.

The Reference Library at the Museum houses books, journals, trade catalogues and periodicals covering the history of the coal mining industry. The Museum’s archives also hold many original documents relating to Scottish collieries, including those of the Lothian Coal Company.

For further information please contact the Curator at [email protected]

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