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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