Mining memorial first opens in Newtongrange

Mining museum memorial centre, Elli Swinbank, Keeper (right) with Lynsey Anderson, Assistant Curator & Yue Yang, placement student (left) at the site of the new memorial centre.
Mining museum memorial centre, Elli Swinbank, Keeper (right) with Lynsey Anderson, Assistant Curator & Yue Yang, placement student (left) at the site of the new memorial centre.

A new memorial centre opens in Newtongrange today (August 7) for coalfield communities to remember the casualties of the mining industry.

Midlothian MP and former miner David Hamilton (Lab) will formally open the UK’s first National Mining Memorial Centre, at the National Mining Museum Scotland on the site of the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange.

The brand new space will allow people to join remembrance ceremonies, or observe their own private tribute, to mark the sacrifices made by those who worked in the mining industries.

Although there are various memorials across Scotland, there has never been a single, central facility dedicated to understanding and commemorating the industry.

Read more on this in the September 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.