Learning at Home with the Mining Museum!

While the Museum was temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been working hard to provide digital support and are thrilled to be re-opening on 17th June 2021. Following Scottish Government guidelines, we cannot accommodate group visits within the Museum just yet however, we’re here to help you continue your learning journey at home and at school! 

Please find below a variety of activity sheets or please visit our “Learning” home page here, for new activities to support teachers (including our Live Q & A sessions with one of our ex-miner tour guides and outdoor learning opportunities).


Below you will find three new learning resource packs, specifically created to support families and pupils learning at home, using resources you have at home! Each resource contains – fact sheets, hands-on activities and wellbeing check-ins! 

Great news – complete any 1 activity, in any topic below, and you can achieve your own Mine of Information Certificate from us! Find out more in the resource or, alternatively, you can work towards your Heritage Hero Award from Archaeology Scotland here.

As well as the new learning packs, below we have included links to helpful online resources, games and educational films. We know finding motivation to work and learn at home can be difficult but Historic Environment Scotland have written this helpful blog with their top tips!

We are always striving to improve our offer, so after completing a resource, we would be grateful if you could complete our 2 minute survey and be in with a chance of winning a family pass. Survey can be completed here on Survey Monkey.




Simply click on the topic below to open the Learning Resource as a PDF. Please email us if you would prefer them as a Word Document.

  1.  Topic 1 Rocks_Fossils_Energy

  2.  Topic 2 Victorian Miners

  3. Topic 3 Coalmine Detectives

Each resource contains fact sheets, suggested fun and hands-on activities, wellbeing check-in resource and info on applying for your award or certificate. The activities have been designed so there is something for everyone in the family – no matter your age! Key themes are STEM, Social Studies, Literacy, Arts & Crafts and Outdoor Learning.

Be in with a chance to win a Family Pass* by completing our feedback survey here.

Example Activity: Cookie Coal Mining

This delicious activity is fun for all the family! Bake or buy some cookies and then put your numeracy and mining skills to the test!































You can save any of the below images to colour in at home or why not use them as inspiration to draw your own mining related image? We love to see your artwork so please share them with us on social media @NatMiningMuseum or email them to us!



Game Based Learning:

Explore the Lady Victoria Colliery via our Crafting the Mine (Minecraft) game!

Download the Minecraft map to find out more about life as a miner. Take part in mini-adventures to “earn your wages”, extract coal from the darkness of the pit and listen out for the singing canaries that warn of danger.

It is free to download and suitable for PC (previous download of game required). Please see our webpage here for more information.


Explore other historical sites such as Scottish Fisheries Museum or St. Kilda via Crafting the Past: craftingthepast.co.uk/

Your Local Area:

Discover more about mining history and heritage in your local area in our Mine of Information resource packs. These were created for educational purposes to offer a brief introduction into the history of that local authority.

Please email us to request the pack for your area – completely free of charge!

Example local area resource – Midlothian


Collection Resources:

Series of educational films created by NMMS on our webpage here.

Discover how to research your coal mining ancestors in our booklet created by the NMMS Curatorial Team here

View some of our Object and Photograph Collection here.


Further Resources*:

Children’s University Scotland – they have super daily challenges and children can still earn Credits for their Aspire Awards!

SCRAN – free subscription until the end of July – access to over 400,00 images,films and sounds

National Library of Scotland – access to hundreds of historical maps

BBC Bitesize

Historic Environment Scotland – new Learn At Home page

National Museum Scotland – Learning at home resources

Scottish Mining Website – includes extracts from the 1842 Royal Commission Report

Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining

Archaeology Scotland

Go Industrial – discover more of Scotland’s industrial museums and the fun resources they have to offer!


Further Resources – STEM

This stemlinks word document has been compiled, with our thanks, to Catherine, STEM Co-Ordinator, from Edinburgh College’s Engineering Deptartment. It consists of STEM links/resources.


Keep In Touch

If you would like to find out more about our workshops, arrange a visit or need further information please get in touch with our Education Manager –


NMMS is a Registered Scottish Charity and we are reliant on your kind support to continue in our mission to preserve and protect Scotland’s mining past for current and future generations.


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*NMMS is not responsible for third party content.

*Family Pass – for 2 adults, 3 children and will be valid for 2 years from date of issue.

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