Digging deep to help Newtongrange tourist attraction

Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange
Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange

The financially struggling National Mining Museum of Scotland has been bailed out by Midlothian Council and the Scottish Government.

Proposals were rubberstamped by the full council at a meeting in Dalkeith last week, when it was revealed that the tourist attraction is projected to run at a loss of £115,000 this current financial year.

In his report to the council, Ian Johnson, head of communities and economy, said: “If the NMMS does not receive sufficient funding to remain in operation, Midlothian would lose a major national tourism centre, and Scotland would lose one of its major national museums. In addition to the consequent loss of visitors and tourist income, Midlothian would also lose a centre which has preserved and presented mining heritage related to an industry which has been such an important part of the county’s past.”

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