A Mine of Information!

Update August 2020: While the National Mining Museum Scotland will re-open on 20th August 2020, following Scottish Government guidelines, we are unable to accommodate group visits at this time. We are monitoring the situation closely and cannot wait to welcome schools and groups back as soon as possible!


In the meantime, National Mining Museum Scotland is available to help support schools and community groups in their learning journeys. We are busy behind the scenes and will be updating this page regularly so please keep checking back for what we have on offer or please contact a member of our Education Team by emailing us at – [email protected]


What’s New for August 2020:

1. Outdoor learning

While we cannot accommodate group visits on site, we can facilitate outdoor visits. We have a large outdoor space around our site and have new, short, activity sheets focusing on Health & Wellbeing (nature & nurture), Maths, or Social Studies (mining history). You are also welcome to use our outdoor space for your own art or outdoor learning. 

These are self-led however, a pre-site visit with a member of the Education team is required for H&S and you must book in advance.

 2. Online Learning

Please visit our “Learning at Home with NMMS” page for free digital learning resources.

Coming Soon – Lesson Plans! We will be launching our lesson plans to be used with our Collections films soon.

3. Live Q & A with an ex-miner

Enjoy an engaging session with one of our ex-miner tour guides (digitally!) where pupils can hear first hand what life was like as a miner. Pupils will be invited to ask questions or we can provide a demonstration of a mining safety lamp. Full details available on request – availability TBC after 20th August. 

If you are interested in being one of our pilot schools please email – [email protected]  

4. Teacher Support

Are you covering the Victorians, your local mining history, geology or renewable energy? We offer digital CLPL/CPD support for all educational professionals and can tailor this to suit you. Sessions run over zoom or Microsoft teams.





A visit to National Mining Museum Scotland can provide a powerful learning experience that your pupils will never forget. At the heart of the five-star Lady Victoria Colliery lies a mine of information. Pupils will be immersed in historic buildings, see science and engineering in action, explore their local heritage and discover the history of mining through hands-on experiences.

National Mining Museum Scotland’s learning experience is designed around the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes and is led by experienced heritage learning professionals. From guided tours, workshops to exploring our exhibition floors pupils can enjoy interdisciplinary learning throughout their visit. Please select one of the below options for further information:

While the Museum is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are still here to help with your home learning journey. Please visit our brand new page, Learning at Home with NMMS, filled with activities to do at home here!


Please find further information in the links/pages below:

 A Visit to NMMS

International School Visits

Nursery & Primary Workshops

Secondary Workshops

Outreach Workshops

Teacher Continued Professional Development (CPD/CLPL)

Loan Boxes

Further Resources




Contact our Education Team:

Email us: [email protected]

Call: 0131 663 7519 









Please note our website is still under construction and additional information and resources are being updated regularly.


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