National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum Scotland National Mining Museum Scotland is a 5 star attraction housed in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange. What can we do there?

Explore two floors of exhibitions Take the pithead & recreated underground tour with ex-miner guides Take a self guided multi media tour Take the "Big Stuff" Tour (Wednesdays and Saturdays only) Drive Scotland's largest winding engine For the Kids? Find the Colliery Cats Activity Mining themed outdoor play area Family fun events programme Hungry? The Coal House Cafe serves hot and cold snacks and drinks all day.

Operating as usual

Lots of correct answers this week!  The zoomed in #WhatIsItWednesday image was the Boiler House at the Lady Victoria Col...
19/11/2020

Lots of correct answers this week! The zoomed in #WhatIsItWednesday image was the Boiler House at the Lady Victoria Colliery.

Twelve of these Lancashire boilers were installed in 1924 to power the Lady Victoria winding engine. Eight of them are still there today.

#DYK that before coming to Newtongrange they were used in His Majesty's Munitions Factory at Gretna in Dumfries and Galloway? The factory opened in 1916 to produce Cordite, which is a substance similar to gunpowder that was generally in demand during World War 1. The factory closed when the war ended and very little of it has been preserved. The boilers are almost all that is left of this important part of Britain's war history!

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday is a zoomed in shot of a very important part of the colliery.  Any ideas?
18/11/2020

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday is a zoomed in shot of a very important part of the colliery. Any ideas?

17/11/2020
TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The National Mining Museum Scotland Trust has made the very difficult decision to temporarily close to visitors due to the impact of the Tier 3 restrictions.

The museum closed in March due to the UK wide lockdown and remained closed for 5 months. It reopened in August in compliance with the sector guidance and created a safe and welcoming experience for our visitors. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present challenges to the sector and the current restrictions are having an impact on our visitor figures and income. This temporary closure means that we can utilise the job retention scheme in an attempt to safeguard the museum.

While the museum is closed we will still be active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you would like to help support the National Mining Museum Trust during these uncertain times you can donate at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/undercroft

We would like to thank all our visitors for their support over the last few months.

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is...….a First Aid satchel.  These would be carried by qualified First Aid ...
12/11/2020

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is...….a First Aid satchel. These would be carried by qualified First Aid men to the scene of an accident. This particular example was used by William Prentice, a Mines Rescuer, in the 1930s.

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday looks like a school satchel but it's not!  Any guesses?
11/11/2020

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday looks like a school satchel but it's not! Any guesses?

10/11/2020
www.tripadvisor.co.uk

During these very tough times it makes us happy to receive 5 star reviews like this! Our number one priority is to keep our staff and visitors safe and these visitors certainly felt safe and well looked after! Please support us by visiting (book here https://national-mining-museum-scotland.arttickets.org.uk/), using our gift shop and café. We're open Wednesday to Saturday, welcoming visitors from our local area only due to Tier 3 restrictions. https://bit.ly/38tbSWj #supportlocal #supportmuseums

It's an eerie looking colliery today in the fog!  What's it like where you are?#fog #colliery
09/11/2020

It's an eerie looking colliery today in the fog! What's it like where you are?
#fog #colliery

08/11/2020
NSB 2018 11 09 NIMROD

This recording is from the Newtongrange Silver Band's 2018 Armistice Concert, at the Museum, of Elgar’s reflective music “Nimrod”.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Newtongrange Silver Band conducted by Andrew Duncan Armistice Concert – “Lest We Forget” 9 November 2018 Nimrod – Edward Elgar arr Denis Wright National Mini...

Our staff have been very busy getting our Gift Shop ready for Christmas!  The countdown is on - only 50 sleeps!  We're o...
06/11/2020

Our staff have been very busy getting our Gift Shop ready for Christmas! The countdown is on - only 50 sleeps! We're open Wednesday to Saturday so pop along and see us soon.
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#christmasshopping #christmas #christmasgifts #shoplocal #christmasdecor #giftideas #christmasspirit #christmasiscoming #shopsmall #christmastime #christmascountdown #gifts #christmaseve #shopping #christmasdecorations #xmas #merrychristmas #christmasgiftideas

Lots of you got the correct answer to yesterday's #whatisitwednesday!  The object was a Centrifugal pump, used in washer...
05/11/2020

Lots of you got the correct answer to yesterday's #whatisitwednesday! The object was a Centrifugal pump, used in washery plants to move large amounts of water through a series of pipes during the coal washing process.

Centrifugal pumps use an impeller, which rotates at high speed within a stationary casing. In this way, liquid is spun around at a sufficient speed to raise the pressure. They were normally used at central pumping stations, such as at the pit bottom, from which water could be pumped up the shaft.

This particular pump was used at Monktonhall Colliery, Midlothian, before the colliery closed in 1997. The pump was manufactured by Berry Hill, and coupled to a Laurence Scott motor.

#mining #goindustrial #industrialheritage

It's #WhatIsItWednesday again!  This time we have a large object from our Big Stuff collection.  Any guesses?
04/11/2020

It's #WhatIsItWednesday again! This time we have a large object from our Big Stuff collection. Any guesses?

03/11/2020
Coorie Doon - Scots Songs in Scots Places

Last week we welcomed Alyssa from Ceilidh Crew & Co to perform in front of our wonderful colliery buildings for her Scots Songs in Scots Places You Tube Channel. Alyssa performed Coorie Doon, an old lullaby which was sung to get the wee ones to sleep when their daddies were working in the mines. Take a look! https://youtu.be/Sq3veiJUgW8

Alyssa is at the National Mining Museum this week for our next Scots Songs in Scots Places. The song is called Coorie Doon, have you ever heard it before? It...

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is a humane canary cage.   This variation on the open canary cage dramatica...
29/10/2020

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is a humane canary cage. This variation on the open canary cage dramatically reduced the number of birds who died protecting miners from poisonous carbon monoxide gas. To test for gas, the glass door was opened to let air in. If gas was present the bird was quickly affected. The door was then shut and a valve opened to let in pure oxygen from the canister on top. This swiftly revived the bird. Through the glass you can see the perch and water bowl!

Today is #worldcatday!  #DYK that at one point the Lady Vic was home to 8 cats, all fed and cared for by Richard, our Te...
29/10/2020

Today is #worldcatday! #DYK that at one point the Lady Vic was home to 8 cats, all fed and cared for by Richard, our Technical Services Assistant? He even provided them with their own cushioned beds! These wee cuties were rescued by @lothiancatrescue in 1999 and went to a loving home while the adult cats were neutered and returned to the Lady Vic. The cats inspired our "Find the Colliery Cats" activity which is still running now!

Strike a pose in your scary costumes this Friday & Saturday at NMMS!  Our colliery cats are looking the part in their wi...
28/10/2020

Strike a pose in your scary costumes this Friday & Saturday at NMMS! Our colliery cats are looking the part in their witches hats, waiting for you to find them all! Book now! https://bit.ly/2HIeaVW #GoIndustrial #familiesedinburgh #daysoutedinburgh #Halloween2020

Here's today's #WhatIsItWednesday object.  It's an easy one, we think!  Answer will be posted tomorrow morning!#GoIndust...
28/10/2020

Here's today's #WhatIsItWednesday object. It's an easy one, we think! Answer will be posted tomorrow morning!
#GoIndustrial #miningequipment #miningindustry

It's Halloween week and although we're not able to host our usual fun events, if you're planning to visit the museum on ...
26/10/2020

It's Halloween week and although we're not able to host our usual fun events, if you're planning to visit the museum on Friday or Saturday we'd love to see you in your scary costumes! Book your tour in advance at https://national-mining-museum-scotland.arttickets.org.uk/. See poster for details of other activities!

Newton had a lovely day out at the National Museum of Flight Scotland!  His favourite part was seeing Concorde!  He can'...
24/10/2020

Newton had a lovely day out at the National Museum of Flight Scotland! His favourite part was seeing Concorde! He can't wait to go back soon!

"A great family experience, working together outside while exploring the Pit - we loved it!" Families are loving our #Ma...
22/10/2020

"A great family experience, working together outside while exploring the Pit - we loved it!"

Families are loving our #MathsforMiners outdoor trail! Pop along this #Octoberholiday to take part or, if you prefer art to maths, draw your best #Halloween PICTURE & send it to us for our new display over the #A7 in the gantry!!

(You can photograph your drawings and email, message, or post them to us! Open to ALL AGES!!)🎃🖌

Due to unforeseen circumstances our cafe will be closed tomorrow, Friday, 23rd October.  We'll be open again on Saturday...
22/10/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances our cafe will be closed tomorrow, Friday, 23rd October. We'll be open again on Saturday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is pit bath towels!  Pit head baths became a requirement in 1947 and were b...
22/10/2020

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is pit bath towels!

Pit head baths became a requirement in 1947 and were built in every mine by the National Coal Board. This made a big change for miners and their families as they no longer had to return home covered in grime. We're sure some of you still have yours to this day!

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday is a zoomed in image of an item.  What do you think it could be?
21/10/2020

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday is a zoomed in image of an item. What do you think it could be?

The shape of a piece box gives a strong clue to its use - for carrying a miner's 'piece' or sandwich.  The piece box was...
16/10/2020

The shape of a piece box gives a strong clue to its use - for carrying a miner's 'piece' or sandwich. The piece box was introduced in the early twentieth century to protect miners' food underground. Previously, food had been wrapped in cloth and hung on hooks off the ground, to keep it away from the rats and mice that lived at the pit bottom. These piece boxes were used in the 1940's and bought from a co-operative shop. The Co-op also sold the plain loaf that gave the piece box its shape.

A popular sandwich filling in the pits was cheese and jam! We'd love to hear what weird sandwich combinations you enjoy!

#worldfoodday2020 #GoIndustrial

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It's the start of the #MidlothianScienceFestival & we've had a great week already with our ex-miner video calls with sch...
15/10/2020

It's the start of the #MidlothianScienceFestival & we've had a great week already with our ex-miner video calls with schools from across Midlothian! We've been discussing the #scienceofmining focusing on gases found underground, canaries and the development of the safety lamp! Pupils have had brilliant & thoughtful questions and we can't wait for the next virtual visits 👏

#intergenerational #mining #Midlothian #learningforall

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is...... a Morphine box (c. 1950s).  In 1944 the Home Office gave permissio...
15/10/2020

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is...... a Morphine box (c. 1950s). In 1944 the Home Office gave permission for specially trained mines' First Aiders to administer morphine to injured men. The morphine had to be kept in a special locked box, secured to a wall. Well done to those who guessed correctly!

We thought we'd share this fantastic advert which appeared in the Daily Mail in 1947, issued by the Ministry of Labour a...
15/10/2020

We thought we'd share this fantastic advert which appeared in the Daily Mail in 1947, issued by the Ministry of Labour and National Service in conjunction with the National Coal Board. The ad features Willie Cornwall, the father of Jim Cornwall, an ex-miner/ex-tour guide here at the museum. #ThrowbackThursday

It's #WhatIsItWednesday!  Does anyone know what this object was used for?  Pop your answers below and we'll reveal the c...
14/10/2020

It's #WhatIsItWednesday! Does anyone know what this object was used for? Pop your answers below and we'll reveal the correct answer tomorrow morning.
#goindustrial #mininglife #miningindustry #mining

If you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on 13 & 14 October, you can make a difference!  Simply shop using this link smile.ama...
13/10/2020
Support National Mining Museum Scotland Trust by shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk.

If you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on 13 & 14 October, you can make a difference! Simply shop using this link smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC003227 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile will donate to National Mining Museum Scotland Trust 😊

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It's #worldmentalhealthday and we're supporting Health in Mind by taking part in #bluecakeday.  We'd love to see you for...
10/10/2020

It's #worldmentalhealthday and we're supporting Health in Mind by taking part in #bluecakeday. We'd love to see you for coffee and cake in our café today but if you can't make it along here are a couple of lovely blue cake recipes for you! You can also donate via this link www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtualbluecakeday.

Tomorrow is #WorldMentalHealthDay and we're delighted to be supporting local mental health charity Health in Mind by tak...
09/10/2020

Tomorrow is #WorldMentalHealthDay and we're delighted to be supporting local mental health charity Health in Mind by taking part in #BlueCakeDay. Why not pop along and enjoy a coffee and blue cake in our café between 11am and 4pm? If you can't make it along you can still donate to this worthy cause at www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtualbluecakeday.

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is.....an Exploder.  Dated c.1910, this type of exploder cost about 36 shil...
08/10/2020

The answer to yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is.....an Exploder. Dated c.1910, this type of exploder cost about 36 shillings (£1.80) when new and could set off explosive charges from 50 metres away. An exploder that could fire several charges at once greatly increased the amount of rock that could be blasted. It also reduced the amount of time that miners had to shelter for, because the shotfirer accomplished his task in on one go.

It's #WhatIsItWednesday!  Can you identify this object and tell us what it was used for?
07/10/2020

It's #WhatIsItWednesday! Can you identify this object and tell us what it was used for?

The last few months have been really tough for museums and galleries so this #ScottishMuseumsDay why not plan a visit to...
03/10/2020
TotalGiving™ - Mining the Future Appeal - National Mining Museum Scotland Trust - Fundraising Page

The last few months have been really tough for museums and galleries so this #ScottishMuseumsDay why not plan a visit to a museum in your local area? We'd love to see you but if you don't feel ready to visit us just yet you can still support us by donating to our Mining the Future appeal. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/undercroft

Want to help protect to a truly unique heritage site? Instead of donating to save stately homes, why not help to preserve one of the last remaining heritage sites to showcase the stories of ordinary Scottish workers.

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And we fought to keep them open
https://www.facebook.com/1126178638/posts/10222632703822716/?d=n Thanks soo much for the great Tour! A great wee find!
Hi how do I go about booking a table in your cafe?
What was the name of the pit in Loanhead called?
Did you work in the Lady Victoria Pit and if so what was your check number🤔
There should be a #NationalMiningMemorialDay. I suggest the first Sunday in September. facebook.com/Proposed-National-Miners-Memorial-Day-UK-118122278910714/
My two very popular mining books are now available again, they retail at 10 pounds each, and are a fabulous reminder of our coal mining heritage...the first book is a collection of true life mining tales from ex miners, full of humour, sadness, and excitement. The second is a collection of tales from miners claiming to have had strange unexplained happenings whilst down the mine. Please hurry whilst stocks last, books are posted immediately on receipt of payment, next day delivery and we accept bank transfer or cheques
Newtongrange Star Youth u15’s new kit launch featuring the museum skyline 💙
Good luck on your re opening.
1960 the year the Newtongrange Vics (Lady Victoria Miners) Football Team went to Holland. My father back row far right.
Inspired by the awesome Mining machine in the car park, C has made a Lego Mining machine. We miss popping in to see the train, have a cuppa, a wander and a play.
Ramsay Aytoun , my Grandfarther , who invented and patented this pulley system. His two sons William , left , and Ramsay , my dad on right .