Ghosts of Lady Victoria Colliery to light up Midlothian skies over National Mining Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 October 2011
A photo of an industrial museum under a night sky
The National Mining Museum will be lighting up the Midlothian skies
Under the dark night skies of the 19th century Lady Victoria Colliery, the pit wheel appears to be turning.

The famous gantry, crossing the A7 to the pithead, seems to be teeming with the miners who deserted it when it closed 30 years ago.

Thses illusions are part of a £117,000 investment from the Scottish government in industrial museums that promise to turn the trunk roads of nocturnal Midlothian into an evocative vantage point.

“The National Mining Museum has found innovative and imaginative ways to attract new visitors and sustain tourism-related jobs,” says Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

“We should be extremely proud of the way in which this museum is keeping our mining heritage alive.” Hyslop believes the museum is one of a string of venues protecting a heritage which “runs through the DNA of Scotland.”

“Their collections are invaluable,” she adds, calling on the funds to be used to enhance digital records and provide enhanced public cultural services.

For their part, the museum is redesigning a 21-strong fleet of Lothian buses, adorned with the symbol of the mine’s headgear.

“It recreates an important element of Scotland’s mining heritage,” said Rowan Brown, the director of the venue.

“We are delighted to be able use this innovative lighting to emphasise the Lady Victoria Colliery’s status as a national landmark.”
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