Further Resources

National Mining Museum Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity with a Recognised Collection encompassing objects, photographs, maps and plans! If you are studying your local area, coal mining, landscapes or Scottish industries we have a wealth of resources available to help.

Teacher Resource Packs

We have created a short teacher resource for every local authority in Scotland with coal mining history/heritage. The Resource Packs are completely FREE and contain an introduction to your region, photographs of that area from the NMMS collection, helpful tips on further research as well as suggested classroom and outdoor activities for pupils.

Please email our Education Manager with your local authority to be sent your free pack today.



Crafting the Mine

Pupils will have the chance to explore the Lady Victoria Colliery in the game Minecraft, compete against each other to collect the most coal and enjoy learning through play. Crafting the Mine workshop is returning in late 2020/21.

Themes: digital learning, STEM, architecture, people and past societies

More information about Crafting the Mine (the NMMS Minecraft Game) is available here.


Loan Boxes/Classroom Exhibition

We’ve created our very own guide to creating a brilliant classroom exhibition about your local coal mine! Please get in touch to receive a copy of this document for free.

Why not borrow one of our loan boxes or our Wee Hutch for your class too?



We host a range of educational films on the NMMS website from the Safety Lamp to the NMMS Winding Engine. These can be found here.

Film – Seams and Embers (suitable for Age 8+ years)

Seams and Embers is an elegant BAFTA-nominated stop-motion animation portraying the reflections of a Scottish miner, from youth to the closure of the pits in the 1980s, as young Jim follows his coal mining forefathers into a rough working life underground.

The film was made by Claire Lamond while she was in residence at National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange. It was funded by Creative Scotland’s ‘Iconic Artists in Iconic Places’ project that enables artists to cast a new perspective on museum collections, historic sites, and Scotland’s intangible cultural heritage. More info on the Take One Action website here.

Seams and Embers from claire lamond on Vimeo.


Children In the Mine & The 1842 Royal Commission

Did you know that children as young as three years old have been recorded working underground? Request our Children in the Mine Information Pack for all you need to know about early working conditions for children, the findings of the 1842 Royal Commission Report as well as how this ties in with UN Rights of the Child.

The below film highlights some of the findings of the 1842 Royal Commission Report and was created in partnership with Newtongrange Primary School.

Children in the Mine from National Mining Museum Scotland on Vimeo.


Further Information

National Mining Museum Scotland hosts thousands of photographs, maps and plans from across Scotland. Let us know your local area or coal mine and we will do our best to send you information from our collection. Alternatively, we would recommend the following sources:


National Library of Scotland – map service and introduction to mapping with your class

Scottish Mining Website

Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies

Archaeology Scotland

Scottish Canals Trust

Historic Environment Scotland – CANMORE



Email: Education@nationalminingmuseum.com

Call: 0131 663 7519



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