Scotland's favourite archive image
© RCAHMS 2008 | GV004378
In a thrillingly close competition, a survey drawing of the Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange, Midlothian, was crowned the nation's most treasured place. The Colliery surged ahead of former front-runners Glasgow School of Art and King's College, Aberdeen in the final days to win the coveted title by just 288 votes.
The Colliery opened in the 1890s and became renowned as one of the first Scottish 'super pits' and a showpiece for the industry. Today the A-listed complex is recognised as one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, and is now home to the Scottish Mining Museum.
The winning image of Lady Victoria Colliery has been celebrated in a poem specially written by the Edinburgh Makar, Valerie Gillies.
Fergus Waters, Director of the museum at the colliery said of the win,
"We are the only surviving pit (still standing) - all that is left of an industry that was so vital to Scotland and employed tens of thousands of men. I think it shows there is a desire to acknowledge the cultural impact of that beyond the death of the industry. It really is fantastic for us."
Edinburgh Makar Valerie Gillies, Linda Fabiani MSP, and Heather Stoddart, Surveyor for RCAHMS, present Fergus Waters, Director of the Scottish Mining Museum, with a copy of the archive image of Lady Victoria Colliery and the specially commissioned poem.