Those with a keen interest in Fife’s mining history can find out more on the subject with a new online museum.

‘Eco-Museum of Scottish Mining Landscapes’ looks at the significance of coal in Scotland’s past, present, and future.

The online museum is being created with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is being led by Dr Catherine Mills from the University of Stirling.  

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It will focus on the Scottish Midland coalfield which spans an area from Fife to Ayrshire. Visitors will be able to download new cycling and walking routes created by local communities to commemorate their mining history.

Dr Mills said: “Our local mining landscapes are generally unrecorded, often categorised as vacant and derelict land. Former colliery sites are at risk of redevelopment, this together with the demographic shifts from mining community to dormitory village, is resulting in a loss of local knowledge and memories.

“Given that many of our former miners are now in their seventh and eighth decades, there is an urgent need to capture the stories and link them to the landscape legacies of the industry before they are lost forever.”