Victorian-themed open day at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange

Pic to promote National Mining Museum Scotland's Open day for 2013, which will have a Victorian theme this year.
Pic to promote National Mining Museum Scotland's Open day for 2013, which will have a Victorian theme this year.

National Mining Museum Scotland celebrates its annual open day this weekend with a nod to Lady Victoria Colliery’s beginnings.

The Newtongrange tourist attraction’s open day is on Sunday from 11am-4pm with a whole host of Victorian treats on offer. This is a fitting step back in time for the site of the old pit, which was opened in Victorian times, back in 1895.

Gillian Rankin, marketing and events manager at the museum, revealed what people could expect.

She said: “We have a Victorian carousel, Victorian characters taking people on the tours of the museum – they will be authentically dressed as they would have in the mines in those days, with bunnets etc.

“We will have face painting, a miniature railway and the usual kids things like a bouncy castle.”

The normal adult admission of £7.50 applies on Sunday and it is £3.50 for children.

This cost covers visitors for the day, excluding food and the soft play area.

Other attractions on Sunday include a clown, punch and judy, ponies, a brass band, and peg dollies/paper plane making.

Read more on this in the July 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.