First Minister Launches NMMS Youth Panel Exhibition

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened the first ever youth-led exhibition at National Mining Museum Scotland.  The exhibition, entitled Coal Generation: Queens, Teens and Life Outside the Mines explores youth culture within the mining communities from 1947 to the 1980’s.

Coal Generation was created by the museum’s Youth Panel as part of a year-long programme of events supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by EventScotland.  It focuses on the different roles children, teens and young adults played in the mining communities through the decades.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “It was a great pleasure to open the first ever youth-led exhibition to be hosted at the National Mining Museum Scotland and meet some of the members of the museum’s Youth Panel.

“Their work and commitment to putting together this exhibition has been incredible and the final result really showcases our young people’s creative talent. I am confident the exhibition will help attract visitors from all backgrounds and engage with coal communities around the country.

“With its incredible display of first-hand material and rarely before seen photographs, the exhibition provides a very interesting insight on youth culture within the mining communities.

“As we mark 2018 Year of Young People, this exhibition will help further celebrate our young people’s achievements, while valuing their contribution to Scotland’s communities. I invite everyone to come to National Mining Museum Scotland and visit this exhibition.”

This has been a fantastic opportunity for us to work with different generations to put on a creative exhibition which showcases our talents. We hope to attract visitors from coal communities across Scotland as well as our local community. Rebecca Weatherhead
NMMS Youth Panel member

The exhibition ran from July 2018 to October 2018 in the Special Exhibition Gallery at National Mining Museum Scotland.