National Mining Museum’s Youth Panel have won an Arts & Culture award in recognition of their fabulous exhibition, “Coal Generation: Queens, Teens and Life Outside the Mines”. The award was presented to them at the inaugural Midlothian’s Young People Awards last week.
Organised by Midlothian Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian to mark the Year of Young People, the awards ceremony recognises and celebrates the achievements of young people in our community.
“Coal Generation” was created by the museum’s Youth Panel as part of a year-long programme of events supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. The Youth Panel were involved in all aspects of the exhibition, choosing the theme, looking through the archives, selecting photographs from the museum’s 20K archive, researching, writing and designing. The exhibition was officially opened in July by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Catherine Dee, Youth Panel member and Volunteer at NMMS said: “I feel fortunate to be part of National Mining Museum Scotland’s Youth Panel. I considered our recognition at the recent Midlothian Young Person’s Award ceremony something to feel very proud of. All of the contestants, across the categories, had done amazing work. Overall, the activities and opportunities we have had the privilege to be part of, in connection to the Year of Young People 2018, have been fantastic.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to the NMMS Youth Panel members on winning the Arts and Culture Award at the Midlothian Young People’s Awards! Their creative vision truly comes to life in the fantastic “Coal Generation: Queens, Teens and Life Outside the Mines” exhibition, highlighting youth culture throughout the country’s mining communities. In Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, it is great to see their wonderful talents and achievements being recognised with this award, we are delighted to be supporting their events and activities in this special year.”
On 29th September the Youth Panel will host their Retro Quiz Night to test your and your team mates’ knowledge. The evening will raise funds for the Undercroft Project, which seeks to open the historically and architecturally Undercroft at the Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange. Please contact Vicki or Gillian at the museum on 0131 663 7519 to book a place for your team.
“Coal Generation” will run through to mid-October in the Special Exhibition Gallery at National Mining Museum Scotland. It is open from 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
To find out more about upcoming events hosted by the NMMS Youth Panel or about the museum’s Year of Young People Programme please visit https://nationalminingmuseum.com/learning/year-of-young-people-18/.