Princess visits mining museum in Newtongrange

Tour Guide John Anderson talks to HRH The Princess Royal
Tour Guide John Anderson talks to HRH The Princess Royal

Scotland’s National Mining Museum set the seal on its 30th birthday celebrations with a visit by HRH The Princess Royal last Friday.

The Princess toured the former Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, in the company of the museum’s keeper, Ellenor Swinbank and staff of the tourist attraction.

She was then welcomed by the deputy chairman of the NMMS Trust, John Allen, the local Provost, MPs, MSPs, senior trustees, staff and volunteers.

Her Royal Highness’ itinerary included visits to the pithead, the 120-year-old winding engine, and the colliery’s original power house, opened in 1894.

The tour was conducted by former miners who now provide the museum with its tour guides.

Finally, on departure the Princess signed the museum’s visitor book.

Museum keeper Ellenor Swinbank said: “It was an absolute pleasure to show Her Royal Highness around the museum.

“She was obviously so interested in everything and everyone and it was great to see her so engaged.”

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