The Lady Victoria Colliery, home of the National Mining Museum Scotland, was opened in 1895 as Scotland’s first super-pit. It ceased production in 1981 and now serves as an example of one of the best preserved Victorian Collieries in Europe. The four-acre Midlothian site effectively captures the developments in mining over generations and highlights include the most powerful steam winding engine in Scotland; the most extensive preserved suite of Lancashire Boilers in the UK, and the only extant timber Dredger in Europe.
BLOGS & ONLINE DIARIES
Pauline Cushing worked with David Wills in with experimental therapeutic communities and has spent her life working with education and welfare projects.
Her most recent project was the establishment of WISEArchive with her daughter Esther Weinstein, as an online collection of working life stories of older people. Working for 10 years, the volunteer organisation collected and transcribed stories in the UK from amongst others, Farmers and Spies. The group now focus on the Norfolk area and run local oral history events.
Pauline is now recording her own fascinating journey.
Online diaries / oral histories begin used to initiate discussion and prompt, challenge and create conversation about social care. This project centred on supporting greater understanding of all types of people in all types of roles in order to enable comparison and to understand the current reality of the workforce.
This project for Age Concern Herefordshire and Worcestershire held reminiscence workshops across Herefordshire and it brought back some wonderful stories about the rivers in the county from people who have known them over a lifetime.
Field of Vision’s aims are to help connect people to content as imaginatively as possible. Interactivity is central to this as it opens a dialogue with the user. Our track record in community and educational projects has given us a fundamental understanding of this two-way process.
The Ayrshire Libraries Forum’s Working Lives website pulls together images of industrial, commercial and agricultural heritage in the county, opening up our rich and varied past to a world wide audience.
The site contains more than 400 images selected from the collections of the three public library authorities, East Ayrshire Arts and Museums, the SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) at Auchincruive and Ayrshire Archives. These pictures help illustrate the story of working life in Ayrshire through the modern age. Some images may evoke memories, some may serve as a source of enlightenment, and some may just leave the visitor with a sense of awe!
Topics include fishing, agriculture, building and transport and each image is complete with captions. There is also background history to help the casual or professional researcher.