Below are a small selection of projects NMMS has been involved in over the last few years. We LOVE being involved in community, school or uniformed groups events/projects either here at the Museum or in your local area so please get in touch with any enquires.
The Mayfield Explorers – Y2K
Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project, more commonly known as Y2K, is a small, youth-led, community charity working with disadvantaged young people (11-18). Set up in 2000 by local businesses that recognised young people in the area had no place to ‘hang out’ or call their own, Y2K is still based in the old church manse which was given over by McSence to the community for youth services.
The youth-led Mayfield Explorers project saw young people from Y2K explore their local history and heritage via workshops, speaking with local ex-miners, photography, a historic bus trip and even a visit to their local Easthouses Colliery. It was our pleasure to work with Y2K and the Mayfield Explorers – helping them learn and tell the story of their local mining history and heritage. The Mayfield Explorers exhibition was created by the young people and displayed at NMMS from February 2020. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Hear from Alexa about what they got up to here in her story – Mayfield Explorers celebration exhibition
Read more on the Y2K website and hear from the young people themselves about what they have seen, learned and experienced through the project here.
The 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 (please see video below) and pupils achieving their Heritage Hero Awards in 2019.
Pupils learn from NMMS staff about their local heritage and then share their new knowledge through creative and fun tours or exhibitions for other pupils to enjoy and learn from!
Year of Young People 2018
In 2018, Scotland celebrated the Year of Young People, with 12 months packed full of events, activities and ideas which gave young people the opportunity to shine, showcase their talents and contributions, and to create new ways to stand out. Further information about Scotland’s National Events Strategy as well as the Year of Young People 2018 can be found here.
Our Events Programme for the Year included:
- Museum Youth Panel
- Skills Development Programme for young people
- 1st Youth Brass Band Competition (won by Loanhead Brass Roots)
- Museum Late:Billy Elliot
- Youth Panel exhibition – Coal Generation: Queens, Teens & Life Outside the Mines (opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and won the Midlothian Year of Young People Arts & Culture Award 2018)
- Retro Quiz Night
These events were supported by the Year of Young 2018 Event Fund managed by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and MIST.
Kelty Community Council Exhibition
NMMS staff and volunteer Brian were delighted to assist the Kelty Community Council create an outstanding exhibition for their local community in 2017. We are thrilled that through the Community Council, Kelty’s primary schools still make an annual visit to NMMS for pupils to learn first hand what life was like down the pits!
Further information is available through the Kelty Community Council website here.