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Memorials’ appeal

Can you help with miners’ task?

Sir, – As a volunteer at the National Mining Museum Scotland (NMMS) at Newtongrange, Midlothian, I am compiling details of memorials to miners, mines and mining related items. This will be included in a booklet to be placed in the Memorial Room at the museum which was opened in 2013.

A regularly updated list of memorials can be viewed and downloaded from the NMMS web site.

I have identified a number of memorials in Midlothian as follows: 800 years of coal mining in Midlothian located in Danderhall and the memorials to child miners, to the men of Monktonhall and to the men of Woolmet Colliery, which are also at Danderhall, the memorial to miners of Bilston Glen in Loanhead, the memorial to miners of Easthouses Colliery in Easthouse, the memorial to the Mauricewood Disaster in Penicuik, the memorial to miners in Newtongrange, and, the memorial to Mick McGahey in Bonnyrigg.

I am looking for some information about the aforementioned memorials. I would like to know who designed and sculpted/fabricated all the memorials except those for Bilston Glen Colliery and the memorial in Newtongrange.

I would also like to know when the original and refurbished Mauricewood Disaster Memorials were unveiled and who performed the unveiling ceremony on each occasion.

I would also like to know of any other mining related memorials in Midlothian.

I am particularly interested in memorials to the miners’ strike 1984/85, memorials to miners killed in WWI which could be war memorials or rolls of honour, and, memorials to individuals who were linked to the mining industry (e.g. Mick McGahey).

I can be contacted at the NMMS via Ellie Swinbank on 0131 663 7519/keeper@nationalminingmuseum.com or directly via email at jamesjhenry@yahoo.co.uk – Yours, etc.,

Jim Henry


National Mining Museum Scotland

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