Heritage Centre, Motherwell
THE North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, formerly the Motherwell Heritage Centre, is to hold an open day this Friday, June 29.
Over 160,000 items and files, dating from 1530 right up to the present, are now stored in the building which has become the main repository for archives and modern records from across the whole of North Lanarkshire.
During the open day, visitors will also be able to see some of the records available in the archives and local studies research room; take a guided tour around the new archives repository and hear talks by archives and local studies staff on using the collections for family and other historical research projects.
Alison Mason, records manager, said: “With the joining together of the council’s local history and archives services, we have been able to open the new centre all week from 10am to 5pm.
“The reorganisation has given us the chance to create a brand-new learning and research facility for anyone with an interest in family or local history. The open day will give us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the centre’s facilities and records. These records tell of the tremendous amount of industrial activity that was carried out in the area and provide details of products which were exported all over the world. They also show us how the people involved in those industries lived and worked.”
The centre now houses the records of former local authorities, landed estates, businesses, clubs, societies and individuals. Also included is the council’s photographic and map archives.
The quality and regulating authority Museums and Galleries Scotland, has awarded the title of ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’ to the material.
The open day will also feature an archive film called The Big Mill, showing production of sheet steel at Ravenscraig and Gartcosh in the 1960s, and it will be shown at 1.30pm. The film will be introduced by amateur film-maker and former steelworks manager Tom Urie.
Curators will also lead guided tours around the current exhibition ‘Ore to Atom – How Lanarkshire Engineered the World’ as well as the museum’s objects store.
The centre’s open day programme runs from 10am to 5pm and includes activities for children between 11am and 2.30pm. Admission is free. Full details from the centre on 01698 274590.