Funding boost for heritage project

THE new repository and learning space for North Lanarkshire Council archives to be based in Motherwell Heritage Centre has received a £49,500 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Led by the council’s museums and heritage staff and supported by local history societies from all over North Lanarkshire, the project will see the relocation of archives dating back from 1530 to the present day from Cumbernauld to Motherwell.

The new and refreshed facility, expected to open in April, will include a combined archives and local history search room, a new records repository for the council’s collections, a community learning space and a refurbished gallery and exhibition space.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of the learning and leisure committee, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the new archives, local history and learning facility will transform access to our heritage.”

Full story in December 5 edition of Times & Speaker