Public Access to the Undercroft

by natminingmuseum in Newtongrange

We did it
On 13th July 2016 we successfully raised £1,015 with 30 supporters in 56 days

We're raising funds to open the Undercroft, an iconic and crucially important part of our site, to the public. Please help make this happen!

by natminingmuseum in Newtongrange

National Mining Museum Scotland is a 5 star visitor attraction based in the Newtongrange, Midlothian.   It cares for and interprets the Lady Victoria Colliery and the Scottish coal mining collections, collecting and preserving objects from all the Scottish coalfields.  The museum's greatest asset is its extensive premises.  Many of the buildings have been restored but many more are in need of upgrading to save them from further decay and to make them accessible to the public.  

The Undercroft, the iconic arched area underneath the colliery buildings, has never been open to the public and we'd like to change that.   During the colliery's operational life it was a hub of activity.  Railway sidings from the Waverley Line passed under the arches and were loaded with coal for transportation to the textile mills in the Borders and the docks in Leith.

The coal did not just come from the Lady Victoria Colliery, but also from the neighbouring collieries at Easthouses and Lingerwood, which were connected to the Lady by branch lines.

After the Colliery's closure in 1982, the Undercroft lay unused for many years and grew structurally unstable.  However, in 2009 National Mining Museum Scotland gained Capital funding to secure the area and make it safe for future generations.  This work was completed in 2011.

Since then, it hasn't been routinely open to the public due to the unevenness of the ground.  Now we want to share this atmospheric and crucially important part of our site with everyone.

WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?

We want to open up the area and begin regular guided tours as part of our visitor experience.  This will involve:

(1) Levelling the ground and installing walkways/pathways and railings through the Undercroft.

(2) Installing adequate lighting for the tour

(3) Designing, producing and installing interpretation panels to bring the Undercroft to life.

(4) Researching and scripting a new tour.

In order to do this we need to raise around £10,000.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Your name listed on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Pre-Launch VIP tour of the Undercroft Photo shoot at the launch event Family Pass to the museum for 1 year Your name listed as a major supporter on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Pre-Launch VIP tour of the Undercroft Photo shoot at the launch event Family Pass to the museum for life Your name listed as a major supporter on our Project Supporters Panel in the Undercroft.

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