After volunteering in various guises with Glasgow Museums, my professional career began with the Kelvingrove New Century Project which saw the dramatic transformation of one of Glasgow’s most loved buildings. My first curatorial position with Glasgow Museums as the custodian of the public transport collections and that’s where I developed my passion for all things industrial. In this period, I joined the Scottish Railway Preservation Society as their Curatorial Advisor, and became the Vic-President of the Scottish Museums Federation. Subsequently I joined National Museums Scotland as Curator, and then Senior Curator, of Technology. At NMS, I worked extensively on the Royal Museum Project, curating four galleries as part of the redevelopment. I joined NMMS in 2010...
Formal memberships of clubs, societies, professional bodies:
Museum Association Board Member, Chair of Industrial Museums Scotland, TICCIH Member (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage), STICK Member (Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge Network), SMF (Scottish Museums Federation) Member, ScARF (Scottish Archaeological Research Framework) Modern Panel Member, SIAP (Scottish Industrial Archaeology Panel) Member and National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland, Implementation Group Member
Informal networks / memberships
Museums 3, Emerging Museum Professionals Network, Twitter, SSPCA Fundraiser, Anthony Nolan Trust Fundraiser
I have had a long varied career starting in Local Government and moving on to the Law Society. I married John and then left to have my family. I returned to work after having my daughter and son and worked as an Office Manager for a scaffolding company for many years before joining the team at the museum 15 years ago. I have four gorgeous grandchildren, two of whom live in Canada. I enjoy travelling whenever and wherever I can.
I recently joined the staff team at NMMS after many years in various administration and book keeping positions, ranging from primary schools to a conference centre. I am married to Fred and we have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren (3 girls and 2 boys) - all of whom keep us very busy. As well as working and enjoy helping with my grandchildren and I help out at a local youth project.
After starting out on a Y.T.S. scheme at 16 with Moredun Research Institute as a Library Assistant I have had quite a varied career. This has mostly involved accounting related roles, starting from Junior Purchase Ledger Clerk at Wylies to Feed Mill Administrator at Grampian Country Food Group. I joined NMMS in 2004 as Office Assistant and have quite a diverse working role, which keeps the job interesting. I am married, with two daughters. I enjoy chatting and spending time with my friends and family.
I studied history at St Andrews and then did a postgraduate degree in museum studies at Newcastle. I have worked with a wide variety of museum collections, at the Wordsworth Trust in the Lake District, Tyne and Wear Museums, Lancashire Museums, Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle, and the National Railway Museum in York before coming to the National Mining Museum Scotland. My main interest lies with social history, especially the social history of industrial communities. I am involved with the Social History Curators Group, Scottish Coal Collections Group, Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge Network and the Scottish Museums Federation. I am also working towards my Associate Membership of the Museums Association.
I am originally from Glasgow and now live in Edinburgh. Outside of work I enjoy walking, photography and reading.
I joined the museum at the end of February 2011. I previously studied Social Anthropology at University of Edinburgh before going to Manchester to do a Masters in Art Gallery & Museum studies. I have worked as a researcher for a project called the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail which involved work with museums and archives across the UK. I have also been involved on a voluntary basis with Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life and the Glasgow Print Studio. I am particularly interested in the social and political aspects of industrial heritage. My favourite objects in our collections are our fantastic banners, many of which are sadly too fragile for permanent display. When I’m not in work I enjoy cycling, walking my dogs, and spending time with friends.
After a degree and a PGCE, I taught in central London before taking a career break to start a family and relocate up north. I have always had a passion for museums, and the extraordinary things you discover there, my boys and I have stomped many happy miles around many museums all over the world. On returning to work, I took the Post Grad Certificate in Museum and Gallery Studies at St Andrews University as a mature student whilst working at the National Mining Museum Scotland. I love working with Industrial history, it explains so much and kicks up such interesting cultural connections. I am a member of the Museums Association and the Group for Education in Museums.
What do I like to do outside work?… cook, talk, laugh.
I have had a varied career in Retail and Heritage, including Crabtree & Evelyn, The National Trust for Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. I am married to Alex and live in Edinburgh. I have two boys and a naughty Border Terrier puppy called Archie. When I’m not working at the Museum, I enjoy cooking, brewing my own beer, and running my photography business www.irisandeye.com.
On leaving school I worked as an Officer Junior at JR Allan before leaving to join the Womens Royal Army Corp where I stayed for just over 4 years, based in Germany. I later returned to my home village of Newtongrange where I took up employment in Scotmid and gained an SQA in Retail. I joined the National Mining Museum as a Retail Assistant in .... and became Senior Receptionist in....
I am involved with the Royal British Legion and am on the Committee for Brass in the Park. I have 2 grown up sons and in my leisure time I enjoy cooking and gardening.
I was born in Edinburgh and raised in Midlothian. I attended Newbattle Community High School from 2000-2006. I started working at NMMS as a part-time receptionist towards the end of July. Prior to this I owned and managed my own alternative clothing store for three years where we specialised in corsetry/rockabilly/punk rock/biker clothing and footwear.
I love books, old movies, blues, jazz, punk, rock and roll and I collect vinyl records, cassettes and analogue music equipment.
In my spare time I play guitar and sing in a band. I enjoy writing, creating and customising clothing for myself and for website (www.rockarollababy.etsy.com) and I love cooking good, healthy food, particulary to the tunes of Billy Holiday!
I grew up in Midlothian and have memories of visiting the Mining Museum as a child on school trips.
I started working at NMMS in August as a part-time receptionist after returning from maternity leave. I have experience in childcare and was supervisor of a fine foods shop prior to starting my family.
I have a beautiful baby boy who will shortly be celebrating his 1st birthday which I am very excited about. I live with my fiance of 2 years, Rob. I love quality time with my family with trips to softplay, playgroups, swimming pool and long walks with the pram. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, watching films and planning my wedding.
After finishing Earlston High School in May I began searching for a job and was lucky enough to get one here at the NMMS. I previously worked at New Look in Galashiels as I am from the small town of Earlston in the Borders.
I love animals and pretty much have a farm living in my house and garden! I have two dogs, two cats and a horse which certainly keep me busy. In the spare moments between the chaos of all the animals I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going out. I also enjoy reading and films.
I would like to join the police when I am 21 and eventually progess to joining the mounted police.
I joined NMMS is August 2012 as a part-time receptionist. Having grown up in Newtongrange I have many childhood memories of the museum, including being filmed visiting the Winding Enginefor the National Lottery with John Craven in the Nineties! I am delighted to be a part of the team now.
I am currently studying towards an MA in Arts & Culture Management. I have worked for festivals all over the UK and I am particularly interested in arts education and community outreach work.
In my free time I like film, art and anything that involves avoiding writing my dissertation!
I was born and raised in Midlothian so it is great to be a part of the team at National Mining Museum Scotland. It plays and important part in my family history as my dad and grandad worked here, as miners. I started working at the Museum at the end of July 2012. I'm a keen historian so working in a building of such historical significance is great.
I'm also interested in spirituality and paranormal so I enjoy the tours and ghost hunting nights at the museum.
Prior to working at the museum I studied Animal Biology at Napier University and I have a BSC honors degree in the subject. I love animals and I'm lucky to work with them on my days off as my partner runs a pet service company which focuses on dog walking and boarding. I enjoy walking the animals and looking after them in my own home, along with my own black Labrador, Bonnie and Staffordshire-cross, Bailey.
I also enjoy reading, watching films, dancing and I'm interested in science, history and folklore.
I was born in Gorebridge and have lived in Newtongrange for over 36 years. Most of my previous jobs have been customer service/admin based jobs. My last post was with Midlothian Council working at Dalkeith Community Centre for nearly 16 years as Senior Support Assistant, until it closed down in July 2011.
I have 2 grown up children, Emma & David and a granddaughter called Eve.
My interests are DIY, knitting and garden birds.
I started work with the National Coal Board in 1965 at the age of 15 in the Newbattle Central Workshops as an Apprentice Engineer. I left the Coal Board in 1974 and joined Gullick Dobson, manufacturers of hydraulic power supports for the coal face, as a Service Engineer. During the 1984 strike I was sent to the India coalfields. I also worked in America and Australia in this role.
In 1989, after 24 years in the industry, I was made redundant when the pits closed. I joined Bank of Scotland and worked in the disaster recovery side of the business. I took early retirement in August 2007 and began working as a Guide at the National Mining Museum in October 2007.
I started work in 1952 at Whitehill Colliery on the picking tables at the age of 15 years. I then went to Esk Valley College and Lingerwood Colliery for 3 months underground training, after which I returned to Whitehill Colliery and started underground at the age of 16 years, clipping on the main haulage road.
I started my coalface training at the age of 18 years, working at the coalface until Whitehill Colliery closed in 1961. I then transferred to Bilston Glen driving mines for approximately six years.
I returned to coalface work until 1979 after which I went to Esk Valley College where I obtained my Deputy and Shotfirers Certificate.
I was a deputy until Bilston Glen Colliery closed in 1989. I was 50 years of age and had served 35 years in the coal mines.
Outside of work I enjoy walking in the countryside and eating out.
I was born in Newtongrange in 1945, two doors from the Dean Tavern, and attended Newtongrange Primary School.
In 1964 I started work here at the Lady Victoria Colliery as an Apprentice Mine Surveyor working within the Newbattle Group, which included Easthouses Mine and Lingerwood Colliery. I studied Mine Surveying on a day release and night school basis at Esk Valley College. Between 1964 and 1970 I worked in a total of fourteen mines including Bilston Glen, Monktonhall and six other private mines. In 1970 I left the National Coal Board to work in the Civil Engineering field and attended Napier College. Between 1970 and 1990 I worked with Scottish Special Housing Association, part of my dutues there was investigating existing housing sites and new developments regarding old mine workings. Often I was required to organize surface bore holes into the ground to determine the extent of voids underground created by shallow coalmines.
In 2008 I returned to the Lady Victoria Colliery as a Tour Guide.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, golf, football and bowls.
I left school at age 15 in 1955 and began working in Whitehill Colliery in Ayrshire. At Whitehill I progressed through my surface and underground training.
In 1964 I transferred to West Cannock Colliery in Staffordshire. I attended Hedesford Technical College where I gained my Deputy Shot-Firing certificates.
In 1966 I returned to Scotland and spent one year at Killoch Colliery, followed by a year at High House Colliery.
In 1969 I transferred to Monktonhall Colliery where I was employed as a Deputy for 12 years. Following this I was an instructor at Woolmet Training Centre for three years. I was then promoted to Chief Basic Mining Instructor and continued working in this post until 1987, when I was made redundant.
I started work in the mining industry in 1955 when I was 15 years of age. My first job was at Arniston Colliery where I worked at the pithead. Two years later, at the age of 17, I began work underground.
In 1959 I moved to Dalkeith Colliery where I did all aspects of coalface work. I worked there until the colliery closed in 1978. I then moved to Monktonhall Colliery where I continued to work at the coalface until the colliery closed in 1987.
I am a keen motorbike enthusiast and enjoy rock n roll dancing.
I left school at the age of 15 and started working at Easthouses Colliery in July 1964. My first job was on the picking tables removing stones from the coal. I then started in the stores getting the transport ready to go underground. After six months I went to Alloa for my underground training. I went underground at the age of 16. I had various jobs and in 1966 I started the modern mining apprenticeship at the Jewel College, Stobhill. I continued to work at Easthouses until 1970, the last year on salvaging the pit.
I then transferred to Bilston Glen Colliery where I worked in transport, ventilation and the mine safety department. I started working with the survey department in 1972 as a linesman. I then did 2 months face training before I could start doing coal face surveys.
Whilst working at Bilston Glen in 1973 I started my first business. From 1976 to 2005 I was the managing director of five successful businesses. I moved to Spain to live and retire. Five years later I returned to Scotland and in July 2012 was offered the post of tour guide at the museum.
I enjoyed a 13 year career with Bank of Scotland in various marketing and sponsorship roles from Personal Banking to Corporate Banking before going on maternity leave / career break in 2002.
Having lived in Midlothian all my life I was so excited when a marketing job came up at the museum in 2005 - and even more excited when I got it! I started out part-time as Marketing Officer and the role has developed and grown over the years. I'm now full-time Marketing & Events Officer and still loving it!
I am married to Ralph and we have one daughter (Leah), a cat (Roxy), a guinea pig (Annie) and a rabbit (Buttons)!. In my spare time I like to keep busy and enjoy travelling/planning holidays, walking, Zumba and spending time with family and friends. I'm also an active member of the Midlothian Tourism Forum.
Before working as Technical Manager, I was previously employed with British Coal as an Assistant Chief Engineer at Bilston Glen Colliery until I was made redundant in 1989. From then I was employed as Shift Engineering Foreman at the giant Continental Tyre Plant at Newbridge and I remained there until closure of the plant in 1999. I was then employed with BP as a plant supervisor until joining the National Mining Museum in 2004.
I am married to Doreen and have 3 grown up children and 5 grandchildren. My hobbies include archery and my motorbike.
I left school at 16 and began an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board in 1971. I started work at Dalkeith Colliery, being transferred to Monktonhall in 1973. I worked as an engineer underground until 1989 when I was made redundant. In 1992 I joined the Scottish Mining Museum as a Guide and transferred to Technical Assistant the same year. I like music, film and restoring classic motorcycles.
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