Apprentice Guides at the National Mining Museum

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Nominated for Category B. This award recognises the contribution to heritage projects by young people up to and including the age of 25. 

The Apprentice Guides are seven children from Gore Glen Primary School in Midlothian who worked with staff from the National Mining Museum Scotland to create their own specific tour for other school children from across the county. The Apprentice Guides showed their passion and determination from the very start of the project – learning all they could from ex-miner and National Mining Museum tour guide Tom Young. During the tour, while there was museum and school staff support, the pupils took ownership. They guided their visitors around the Lady Victoria Colliery, answered questions and even included health and safety during the tour.   Not many adults, let alone children, could memorise, act and provide a tour in front of large groups of children and adults. This is what the Apprentice Guides did every Tuesday from January to June 2017.