The collection includes works by different artists illustrating many different aspects of the Scottish industry. Many have been produced to commemorate the Scottish coal mining industry including ones showing the surface buildings of many different collieries. Others include works that decorated the walls of colliery managers’ offices and miners’ institutes. Portraits include Charles Carlow, who was manager of the Fife Coal Company, and legendary Scottish NUM leader Abe Moffat in his capacity as chairman of CISWO. We also hold copper engravings and a series of pieces by Andrew Barr that were produced for Newcraighall Miners Welfare, representing various scenes of mining life.
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Bill Melrose; Karl Wagener; Jim Williams; Jane Hyslop; Thomas Dick; Charles Carlow
Lady Victoria Colliery; Gilmerton Colliery
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Collection Highlights/Star Items:
23 paintings and sculpture of Lady Victoria Colliery, by Bill Melrose; Portrait of Charles Carlow, manager of the Fife Coal Company, c.1900; 7 paintings depicting images from the 1984 miners’ strike, by Karl Wagener; Series of 10 paintings showing the development and demise of Gilmerton Colliery; Print of engraving showing coalmine section, by Thomas Dick, 1842
Access to the collection is by arrangement with the curatorial department.
Coal Mining Expertise:
The museum employs former mineworkers as guides, technical staff and volunteers, all of whom have different areas of expertise and worked in different parts of the Scottish coalfields.