The National Mining Museum Scotland has an extensive collection with many items being kindly donated over time.
If you have an item that you are considering donating to the Museum, please check these frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not answered here, please get in touch.
Please note that we are unable to accept donations that have not been discussed with the Curatorial Team beforehand. Please contact us using the form below to discuss your donation before you visit the Museum.
The Museum can only accept items which fall within its Collections Policy. This is usually limited to items with links to the Scottish mining industry. If you are still in doubt, please contact us. Please ensure you have the legal right to give us the item.
Please fill in the online Donations Form. Once this is received by our Curatorial Team, we will consider your item and contact you as soon as possible regarding our decision. If we decide to accept the item into the collection, we would contact you to arrange a time to bring the item to the Museum and ask you to fill in our required paperwork, to transfer ownership and any copyright to the Museum.
We would then complete our acquisitions process and your item would become part of National Mining Museum Scotland’s collection. This information is held in both paper form and electronically.
Only a small proportion of the Museum’s collection is on display at any given time. However, all items not currently on display can be accessed by appointment.
The item will be stored with the rest of the collection. The Museum uses its collections for a variety of purposes including display, research and handling (for visiting school and community groups etc.). Collections are also loaned out to other institutions.
We might not be able to accept your item as a donation. There are many reasons why we can’t accept items into the collections:
Please read our Collections Policy for further information.
Where possible we will suggest another museum or organisations who could be interested in the item.
We are unable to accept loans from individuals unless there are exceptional circumstances.
We would be interested to hear about any potential new donations to our collections, so if you have any material relating to coal mining in Scotland that you would like to give to the Museum, please fill in our online Donations Form.