A RELIC of Scotland's mining heritage has been brought back to life to become one of the main exhibits at the country's premier industrial museum.

A RELIC of Scotland's mining heritage has been brought back to life to become one of the main exhibits at the country's premier industrial museum.

For more than 50 years the winding wheel was a vital part of the workings at Cardowan Colliery in Stepps, on the outskirts of north east Glasgow. Built in the 1920s by a Coatbridge firm, it powered the shaft lifts that carried miners up and down to the coal face.

Now, after more than a year being renovated in Wales, the wheel has been returned to the Summerlee Heritage Museum, Coatbridge.  The museum, which tells the story of west Scotland's industrial past, is due to re-open in June after a 10million facelift lasting 18 months.

Jim Francis, of the Friends of Summerlee Appeal, said: "The mine went into production in 1929 and closed in 1983 and a lot of men and materials went into it during that time.

"The winding wheel was built by Murray and Patterson and it was taken apart and sent to Wales because firms there still have many of the skills we in Scotland have lost.  "Then it was sent to a firm in Mid Glamorgan for cleaning, replenishment and re-assembly."  He said it would form one of the main exhibits in the new-look museum.