Apprentice Guides scoop Heritage Angel Award
Apprentice Guides at National Mining Museum Scotland were among the “heritage angels” honoured at a special ceremony in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh last month.
Pupils from Gore Glen Primary School, Gorebridge, scooped the trophy for Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People at the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.
NMMS worked in partnership with Gore Glen’s P6/P7 class to create a brand new tour of the five star visitor attraction. Seven pupils worked with museum staff to develop the tour, which was performed for other schools from across Midlothian. The Apprentices were kitted out with blue boiler suits, just like the apprentices who once worked in the pit and have been trained in safety lamp demonstrating by Tom Young, a local ex-miner who now works as a tour guide at the museum.
Victoria Robb, Education Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland said: “We are so delighted that our Apprentice Guides have won this award. Throughout the project they demonstrated passion and determination, working hard to learn historical information from our ex-miners, memorise what they had learned and then perform the tours in front of large groups of children and adults. They truly deserve this recognition.”
Launched in 2014 with funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and run by the Scottish Civic Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, Archaeology Scotland and the Scottish Government, the awards celebrate both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many case, rescue Scotland’s heritage.