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Technical Assistant

Register Interest National Mining Museum Scotland

The volunteer will work with the technical services department to maintain the museum site. It is a varied position with opportunties to get involved in helping to preserve historic parts of the colliery such as the winding engine and large objects store. The site is large so there's always a lot of work to be done both inside and out. We have a large garden at the museum and an ongoing programme to develop and maintain it so volunteers with an interest in gardening would be most welcome. Mining knowledge is not essential, all that's required is an interest in helping the museum preserve an important part of Scotland's industrial history. The museum has a dedicated team of volunteers who help out in many areas of the museum including curatorial and library work, answering enquiries, gardening and maintenance.


The opportunity will be based at the Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange. The museum is situated on the A7 and is accessible from the Borders (No. 95 bus) and from Edinburgh and Midlothian (Lothian buses 33 and 29 stop outside the museum)

Contact Details

National Mining Museum Scotland
National Mining Museum
Lady Victoria Colliery
EH22 4QN
Contact: Fred Harrison
0131 663 7519 www.nationalminingmuseum.com

Availability Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Frequency & Commitment

4 hours per month as a minimum

Skills & Experience

Mining knowledge is not essential to this position, all that is required is an interest in helping the museum preserve an important part of Scotland's industrial history. Practical skills would be advantageous.

Training & Support

Once the volunteer has started they will receive induction into safety procedures and trained on requirements of the position. Mentored throughout and will work closely with staff members. Ongoing training available as required.


Unfortunately we are unable to pay travel expenses.


Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Client Group

Museums / galleries / heritage

Work Type

Specialist / Technical

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