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PostPosted: Jun 09, 2013 14:48    Post subject: Scottish Museum of Lead Mining  

In Wanlockhead there is a small museum that I love to visit. This is not one of those major museums, but instead a small museum that mixes a display on local mining in Wanlockhead and Leadhills, a small collection of local minerals, the chance to do a brief mine tour, a visit to typical miners cottages, you can see a beam engine, and finally you can visit the library - the second oldest subscription library in Scotland. You can find out more at:
https://www.leadminingmuseum.co.uk
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The other great feature is the cafe, which serves good food. It is not far from the M74 highway and I far prefer to eat here than at any motorway service area.

I had a go at photographing a few of the minerals on display, but it did not work well so I will try again next time I visit. For now I attach a few photos.



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 Description:
Linarite, Caledonite
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK
~10cm across
Museum of Lead Mining specimen
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 Description:
Lanarkite, Leadhillite, Cerussite
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK
~10cm across
Museum of Lead Mining specimen
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 Description:
Galena, Aragonite, Calcite
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK
~20cm across
Museum of Lead Mining specimen
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PostPosted: Jun 09, 2013 19:31    Post subject: Re: Scottish Museum of Lead Mining  

I remember visiting this wonderful museum in 2000 - well worth a visit, if only to experience going into those miners cottages and realising in the 1700's a whole family lived in ONE room and there was no glass in the single window (glass was heavily taxed and considered a luxury!!) There was an open fireplace and they used a stub end of a candle for lighting. Everyone slept in the single large trestle bed on stuffed straw or horsehair mattress. Water was got from the stream outside...which was also the toilet and used to wash the Lead Ore in...... Tough life.

I also took some photos of some of the specimens - with a 'new' digital camera at the time - resolution extremely poor by todays standards however, but you get the idea :-)



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Quartz with Galena and Sphalerite
Leadhills museum specimen
Cabinet size
One of the Leadhills museum specimens on loan from the National Museum of Scotland - taken in 2000
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Pyromorphite
Leadhills
small cabinet
No exact locality given, but Pyromorphite is found on most of the mine dumps in the area.
On loan from the national Museum of Scotland - taken in 2000
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Galena
Leadhills
Examples of Galena mined locally - on display in the Leadhills Museum - taken in 2000
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Baryte
Leadhills
Cabinet size
on display in the Leadhills Museum - taken in 2000
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