Resurrection by pit lamps

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A new installation at the National Mining Museum Scotland has transformed the night skies of Midlothian.

The Night Time National Landmark uses lighting to create the illusion that the pit wheel at the 19th-century Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange is turning once more and that the famous gantry that crosses the A7 to the pithead is thronged with miners – 30 years after the pit closed.

The project was launched at the Museum by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, who also announced an investment of £117,000 in Scotland’s industrial museums.

Funded through Museums Galleries Scotland’s Main Grant Scheme, the project aims to increase awareness of the Museum and its collection.