A different name isn’t all that’s new about the heritage centre

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NORTH Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell is holding an open day on Friday.

The centre is now the main repository for the archives and modern records for the whole of North Lanarkshire, following the move of the Archives and Records Centre to High Road.

Over 160,000 items and files, dating from 1530 right up to the present, are now stored in the centre.

They include the records of former local authorities, landed estates, businesses, clubs, societies and individuals, along with 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.

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 round the new archives repository, and hear talks by archives and local studies staff on using the collections for family and other historical research projects.

An archive film titled The Big Mill, showing production of sheet steel at Ravenscraig and Gartcosh in the 1960s, will be shown at 1.30pm.

The film will be introduced by amateur filmmaker and former steelworks manager Tom Urie.

Curators will also lead guided tours round the current exhibition ‘Ore to Atom - How Lanarkshire Engineered the World’ as well as the museum’s objects store.

Reconds manager Alison Mason 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”.

Admission to the open day is free and the programme runs from 10am-5pm which includes activities for children between 11am and 2.30pm.

For more information call the centre on 01698 274590.