What are the Climate Beacon’s?

Climate Beacons for COP26 is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26. 

Seven hubs known as ‘Climate Beacons’ are taking form in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, the Outer Hebrides, and Tayside. Bringing together shared resources and knowledge from cultural and climate organisations, the Climate Beacons provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area.   

The project is being led by Creative Carbon Scotland, connecting the seven Beacons and offering support throughout, alongside six co-ordinating partners: Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, Museums Galleries Scotland, Scottish Library and Information Council, and Sustainable Scotland Network. Climate Beacons for COP26 is funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Culture Divisions, Creative Scotland, and Museums Galleries Scotland. 


Who is the Midlothian Climate Beacon?

A collaboration between the National Mining Museum Scotland and the British Geological Survey, the Midlothian Climate Beacon will create a transformative journey through the carbon cycle, from Scotland’s past legacy of fossil fuels towards a future of decarbonisation, connecting local and international cultures through art and science. 

The Climate Beacon’s activities have been designed to engage a wide range of audiences – all are welcome! Activities include a new science and art exhibition, STEM Climate Change workshop for Primary Schools, a student residency with Queen Margaret University, Witness Reports: event and talks from Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and the Environment Justice Foundation, participatory clay art installation & participatory art workshops with artist Nicole Manley, digital conference, and much more! 

If you’d like more information or to get involved please contact us via the details below.


What’s on at the Midlothian Climate Beacon?

November 2021 – March 2022: Climate Change: The Carbon Cycle – Exhibition

Come along to the brand new exhibition by the British Geological Survey and artist Nicole Manley! The exhibition will explore the carbon cycle through science and art, with themes of energy and water a particular highlight. The exhibition allows visitors to interact, engage and reflect on their views of climate change.

Transformation room: as part of the exhibition you can take part in our transformation room to explore views of climate change and participate in our participatory art workshop which will become part of the exhibition.

October 2021 – onwards: STEM Climate Change Workshop (Primary Schools)

Launching during the Midlothian Science Festival in October, we have created a new interactive STEM Climate Change workshop available for primary schools! This STEM workshop, created in partnership with Sincy Science, explores the science behind climate change, with a focus on energy. The workshop will include video call and physical resources to do in class. In addition, each class will take part in a STEAM clay art project from artist and hydrologist Nicole Manley. They will each receive a piece of clay, representing the earth, and mould this into what they think of climate change. These clay pieces will be left outside in the elements to “weather”, showing the impact of climate on the earth.

October 2021 – March 2022: Weathering Earth – a participatory clay installation by artist Nicole Manley

The resulting clay sculptures from the STEM Climate Change workshops will be added to the growing ‘Weathering Earth’ clay installation. Nicole Manley will also be doing participatory clay art workshops with groups around Edinburgh and further afield, where she will be asking people to take a piece of clay and imagine it is the Earth and through thinking about climate change, they will be asked to make a sculpture. The sculpture will then be placed outside and left to elements of weathering. After being outside for a day the sculpture will be brought indoors and added to the Weathering Earth participatory installation at NMMS.

5-7th November 2021: Witness Reports: Event

This event will take place on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of November with an emotive photography and interview exhibition from the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and the Environmental Justice Foundation.  This three day event will include a programme of live speakers and participatory art workshops with Nicole Manley. Programme times will be announced soon. More information about the actual exhibition can be found here.


12th November: Climate Conference: Changing Perspectives

Taking place during the 26th “Conference of the Parties” (COP26), we welcome you to our first conference on Friday 12th November! Climate change is not a simple issue with a simple solution. As countries meet to discuss how to tackle climate change, we ask what can we learn from Scotland’s past industries, how can we engage a variety of audiences in climate conversations and, finally, what can we do to make a difference? Therefore, to help us answer these answer these questions, join our experts from cultural, climate, scientific research and arts organisations for an exciting and memorable digital conference.

Find out more and book your place on our CloudVenue page here.




Visiting the Climate Beacon:

The Midlothian Climate Beacon’s activities are FREE to attend and take place at the National Mining Museum Scotland (or online). While free, we recommend booking in advance as we are following the most recent COVID guidelines on maximum numbers. 

Address: National Mining Museum Scotland, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian. EH22 4QN. 

How to reach us: Newtongrange Train Station is a 5-10minute walk to the Museum with a dedicated path from the train station to the Museum, there is a large free car park with electrical charging point, and great bus links as we are located next to the A7.


Contact Us:

Email: education@nationalminingmuseum.com

Phone: 0131 663 7519

Social media: @NatMiningMuseum

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