Apprentice Guides

The Apprentice Guides are a group of pupils from Gore Glen Primary School, Gorebridge, Midlothian. The project started in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength with the project winning a Scottish Heritage Angel Award for Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People in 2017.

Pupils learn from NMMS staff to create their own tour. They share all they have learned in their own interactive and fun tour for other school pupils.

2017/18 Apprentice Guides

The Story of Coal is told like never before in this TIME TRAVELLING tour! Meet Thomas the Monk in 1209, help collect coal in 1842 and join the strike in 1984!

Launched in January 2018 by Actor Gary Lewis, pupils from Gore Glen Primary School take pupils through a journey in time. This tour offers a look at Scotland’s amazing coal story through storytelling, object handling and interactive learning.


2016/17 Apprentice Guides

Scottish Heritage Angel Winners 2017 – Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People.

B3 Apprentice Guides at the National Mining Museum Scotland from Scottish Heritage Angel Awards on Vimeo.

The Apprentice Guides’ tour tells of the dangers miners faced underground, reenacts the rivalry between the Victorian inventors who created a device that provided light in the mines while reducing the risk of explosions, and finally offers a live demonstration of the safety lamp.

This one invention has been around for over 200 years and has saved thousands of miner’s lives around the world. The tour hoped engage audiences with this important history and create a legacy for future generations.

Mya Barrett, one of the Apprentice Guides said:  “I’m really excited that we’ve had the opportunity to do this as my grandad was a miner at the Lady Victoria Colliery!”

The Apprentice Guide tour was officially launched by Nicky Wilson, former President of the NUM, on Monday 20th February 2017.




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