This is a stunning museum on a whole series of counts. It is very successful as a celebration of heavyweight industry; an area not often acknowledged by museums but a hugely important and proud part of the Scottish heritage. It is very successful in making this highly interesting, accessible and immediate.This is achieved by having many of the original pithead buildings, lifts, gantries, equipment etc used in the mine which you walk through making the whole experience absolutely real. The accompanying commentary on the live tours is given by ex-miners who had actually been down the pits all their working lives (John Kane in our case) which is a startlingly effective way of bringing home the human element involved in mining - oral history in perfect action - and all this is backed up by a really excellent traditional modern museum display which can be seen before or after the tour.This really was sheer class and the highlight of our week in Edinburgh!
What a morning! On a rather wet and cold Friday morning, what a way to spend 2.5 hours. Tom Young was our guide, he used to work in this pit and was so full of facts and figures and funny stories. He took us up to the pit head and described in detail how they went into the pit down the lift - 1653 feet in the dark at aprox 25 miles an hour. The whole two and half hours was like this. Go and vist and ask for Tom Young, brilliant!
We just wanted to say thank you for making our trip to the mining museum yesterday so special! You could not have been more helpful and accommodating to us and our filming! The guides were so knowledgeable and the children learnt a lot and also the man on the front desk was very welcoming and helpful!
I visited the Museum today with my husband, our daughter and son-in-law and our three-year-old grandson. Our tour was made unforgettable by our charming and friendly guide, Sinclair Sutherland, whose knowledge of the history, methods and economics of mining is encyclopaedic. He described with clarity, objectivity and complete understanding the forces that had led to the demise of the industry in which he had worked in his youth, during a period of unrest when fear and resentment must have been rampant among the miners. He very obviously loves his job. You have a gem in Mr. Sutherland, so keep him close!
Quite one of the best museums I have visited. The sheer magnitude of the task of restoration is amazing, but what has been done so far is excellent.
The tour was exceptional, as was John, our guide. To have a real miner who knew what he was talking about and shared his experiences was such a bonus. How sad when this generation has passed.
I congratulate you on what has been achieved and on your friendly and outgoing staff. It was worth the 450 mile trip to get here! Thank you!
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