Museum of Lead Mining
Museum of Lead Mining information
‘Lead mining’: even the phrase has a sort of dulling effect on the brain, and you’d think it’d be a tough ask to make the subject interesting. But at the Museum of Lead Mining at little Wanlockhead, signposted ten miles off the motorway northwest of Moffat, they pull it off. It’s apparently Scotland’s highest village, set amidst a striking landscape of treeless hills and burbling streams. The place is fasci nating, and family-friendly, taking in a tour of a real mine, recreated miners’ cottages, a remarkable 18th-century library, and a display on lead mining and other minerals. In summer, they also run gold-panning activities. The palpable enthusiasm and personableness of the staff bring the social history of the place alive. It’s really rather special, and is one of our favourite museums in Scotland.