Have Your Say!

40 of our visitors came along on 23rd July to our first consultation event to help us learn about what they think of National Mining Museum Scotland and what they would like to see in the Boiler House.

We may have lured them in with tea and cake, but everyone took part in the different activities we’d designed to gather opinions and made lots of really useful comments and suggestions. The written feedback we gathered was really useful but, as always, the best bit was having face to face conversations with our visitors about why they visit the Museum, what would encourage them to visit more often, and what they think we should be doing in the future.


Sinclair Sutherland enjoyed adding his memories to the maps of Newtongrange



Mapping memories in Newtongrange

Jim, who is carrying out a conservation survey of the Boiler House was on hand to tell people a bit more about the history of the site and to discuss some of the very real practical issues in its redevelopment. He showed some great photos of the Boiler House, past and present and spoke to several people who had worked on the site about their memories and experiences.


Jim chats to a visitor while others enjoy tea, cake and jigsaws

We’re busy compiling all the information we gathered and it will help to inform how we take the Museum forward. It is already inspiring ideas about how to use the Boiler House and will all contribute towards funding applications for its preservation and redevelopment.

Our consultation process doesn’t end here! Some of you may have spotted activities in Newtongrange and Dalkeith libraries that are also designed to gather opinions. These will be moving around the region in the coming weeks. There’s also another event at the Museum on FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST, so please come along to that. Again, there will be free tea and cake, a free raffle with a great prize, activities to help us learn about what you think and even more fun things for children (and grown ups!) to do.

Many thanks to everyone who has already taken part in our consultation – your opinions really matter and it is a pleasure talking to you.


What makes you choose the Mining Museum?

  1. Philip BradleyPhilip Bradley11-11-2015

    After passing by many times, finally had a day to actually visit the Museum. From the first minute, we found it utterly fascinating, in no small way everything being brought to life by Tom and the Pithead Tour. Genuinely living history, and an appropriate testament to an industry and people so vital to the nation.
    Cannot recommend the Lady Victoria enough: informative, jaw-dropping at points, and very emotive. Thanks again to all.

  2. Alex rutherfordAlex rutherford12-13-2015

    I w irked at the Lingerwood. From 1956 until 1964. When I emigrated to Australia when re I worked in the mines until I retired in 1989 I spent the last few years as colliery manager.I am now 85 years old. But who like. To hear from anyone who knows me.

    • john crossjohn cross10-15-2017

      same foot steps as you Alex, now reside in Nsw – “time nor tide”!! started 1960 with 42 years in before retiring as undermanager in charge or a few large pits in NSW

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