The Story of Coal

Experience the creation of coal in the Carboniferous period and follows human efforts to extract coal from the earth from the 13th century to modern times. Interact with our displays, see the tools and equipment used and understand how technology has developed over the centuries.

A Race Apart

Discover what life was like, at home and at work, for the miners and their families in Scotland’s mining communities from the 19th century onwards. The exhibition has emotive tales from the 1842 Royal Commission Report, which banned women and children from working underground, a Victorian home where children can experience laundry day and dress up as a Victorian, displays on the recreational activities of mining communities and ends with the 1984-85 strike which saw the end of deep mining in Scotland.