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.

Newtongrange Drawing Club


The Newtongrange Drawing Club, set up during the Coronavirus lockdown, aims to raise spirits and encourage people’s creativity through drawing! The group, ran by local parents, posts a different animal or theme for children (and adults!) to draw each day with the community voting for the winners and prizes given out. As well as lifting spirits, they have also done amazing work supporting the NHS and local charities through fundraising. We were delighted to support the children’s Jurassic poster competition and their mining themed competition. Categories are for under 5s, Primary 1-3, Primary 4-7, advanced children and adults!

The committee got in touch to ask if we would consider displaying some of the mining artwork – we were delighted to! You can now enjoy a selection of the wonderful drawings in our gantry, which goes over the A7. These pictures will be up until the end of July for all to see during their daily exercise or driving past. As the Museum is temporarily closed, we hope everyone enjoys this “old space” being used in a new way – filled with beautiful drawings!

NMMS and the Drawing Club are looking forward to a future exhibition of all the artwork created during lockdown within the Museum, once we are safely able to do so.

We hope you agree with us that all the artwork created shows the amazing talent in our local community and is a lovely tribute to Midlothian, and Scotland’s, mining heritage.

Below photographs of all entries to the mining themed competition held by the Newtongrange Drawing Club:






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!

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


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.

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