National Mining Museum Scotland

Purcell, Midlothian, 2013

 

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General exterior view 

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  • General exterior view    
  • First floor showing memorial boards    
  • Second Floor    
  • Third floor    
  • Coal table    
  • Window manifestation    
  • Memorial wall and glass panes from third to first floors    
  • Suspended cages    
  • First floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Existing first floor plan    
  • Existing third floor plan    
  • Glazing system details    

National Mining Memorial Centre at the A-listed Lady Victoria Colliery housing memorial, exhibition and storytelling spaces to commemorate those who dedicated their lives to mining.

Purcell has created the first National Mining Memorial Centre at the A-listed Lady Victoria Colliery, one of the finest surviving Victorian collieries in Europe. The museum is housed in the 1932 former Rewasher, a four-storey, steel-framed, brick building used to treat dross from the Washer. The Centre includes memorial, exhibition and storytelling spaces to commemorate those who dedicated their lives to mining.

We had six months to design and construct the Centre to open on the anniversary of the horrific Knockshinnock mining disaster. Purcell’s solution is restrained, to allow the ‘industrial patina’ to remain. The exhibition features a ‘memorial wall’ which runs the height of the building and features health and safety objects suspended in metal cages and archive photographs. The second floor is left largely as a reminder of the former use. The third floor memorial space features a solid coal memorial table.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 270m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £130,000
  • Funding: Association of Independent Museums, Biffa, Friends of the National Mining Museum Scotland
  • Tender date: Feb 2013
  • Procurement: SBCC Minor Works Building Contract with Contractor’s Design
  • Address: Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN, United Kingdom

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