Newtongrange concert to benefit worthy causes

National Mining Museum guide John Anderson in the Undercroft.
National Mining Museum guide John Anderson in the Undercroft.

Newtongrange Silver Band are set to play a fundraising concert at National Mining Museum Scotland today (Thursday).

The event is being held to raise funds for both the band and the museum’s Undercroft Project.

For the last eight months the museum has been fundraising to open the Undercroft, the iconic arched area underneath the colliery buildings, to the public.

During the colliery’s operational life the Undercroft was a hub of activity. Railway sidings from the Waverley Line passed under the arches and were loaded with coal for transportation to the textile mills in the Borders and the docks in Leith. After the colliery’s closure in 1982, the Undercroft lay unused for many years and grew structurally unstable.

However, in 2009 the museum gained capital funding to secure the area and make it safe for future generations. This work was completed in 2011. Since then, it hasn’t been routinely open to the public due to to the unevenness of the ground.

Gillian Rankin, marketing and events officer at the museum, said: “We want to share this atmospheric and crucially important part of our site with our visitors and we’re delighted that Newtongrange Silver Band are coming to perform here to help us raise funds to do just that. Those attending the concert will have an opportunity to take a short tour of the Undercroft and hear about the plans we have to make it part of the visitor experience. We hope the community will come along and enjoy the evening.”

The concert will begin at 7.30pm in the Power House at the museum and guests will be entertained by the Junior Band during the interval when refreshments will be served. Undercroft tours will run from 6pm until 7.15pm.

Tickets are £10 each (including refreshments) and are available online at https://nationalminingmuseum.cloudvenue.co.uk/home