Group’s work on display

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AN exhibition displaying the work of the Viewpark Conservation Group opens at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell on Saturday.

Titled ‘The Historic People and Places of Lanarkshire’ is the result of work the group has been undertaking to research their local area and the historic Douglas Support Estate.

It uses a mix of maps, books, photographs and artefacts, including a cannon ball from the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in June 1679 to tell of the area’s heritage.

Exhibition organiser Tom McNeill said: “Our group was created approximately 12 years ago by members of the community in the Viewpark area to protect and raise awareness of the historic Douglas Support Estate. The estate was owned by historic families throughout history, but some of its areas have become derelict and overrun.

“The conservation group work hard to raise the public awareness of this forgotten piece of history by working with the community doing projects such as tree and bulb planting days with locals schools, the improvement of play and recreational areas connected to the the estate and working alongside Central Scotland Forest Trust to protect the trees and the wildlife in the estate.”

The group’s Grace McNeill added: “Most of our projects are funded through fundraising and community grants. Our work is making a difference and the community welcomes the improvements to the estate and the surrounding area.

“During the research into the estate’s history, it has been discovered that many of Scotland’s historic figures can be linked to the North Lanarkshire area and this is knowledge we want to share through this exhibition.”

North Lanarkshire Museum’s learning and access manager, Lu McNair said: “This is a small, but fascinating, exhibition on the historic people and places of North Lanarkshire.

“The Viewpark Conservation group have done sterling work over the years and we are delighted to be able to showcase their work within the heritage centre’s community exhibition space.”

The exhibition is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am-5pm and admission is free.

To find out more about the Viewpark Conservation Group e-mail Grace McNeill