Crafting the Mine is an exciting and pioneering project which brings the Lady Victoria Colliery/National Mining Museum Scotland to life in Minecraft through a 1:1 scale, historically accurate digital recreation. The build includes the structures above and the mines below the colliery, with mini adventures that will help learners explore life as a miner; from a working coalface that learners can mine themselves, coal extraction and delivery systems and even singing canaries and the dangers they warned about!

How can you access Crafting the Mine?

Crafting the Mine is completely free to download and is available on Minecraft for PC

You can download it here and play at home!

You can come along to one of our Crafting the Mine events – these are posted on our events calendar or on our Facebook page.

For other historical maps or for download guides please visit Crafting the Past website.

For Schools

Minecraft is proving to be one of the most fun and engaging learning tools of our time.  It can be used to engage learners in almost every area of curriculum learning, as well as the development of skills for work, life and social mobility.   If you’re a teacher and would like to know more about how you can use Crafting the Mine in class, please contact Education Manager at

The project is funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, Mining Institute of Scotland Trust, Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund and the Friends of National Mining Museum Scotland.

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