Let’s all celebrate

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A new exhibition called ‘Let’s Celebrate’ opened at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell on Saturday.

The exhibition, which coincides with Supercounty’s Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013 campaign. looks at how Lanarkshire has celebrated the good times over the years.

It investigates different types of family celebrations down the ages and how traditions and customs differ between cultures, even changing over time within households.

Created from the CultureNL museums collections, and donations from the public, the displays show off a range of costumes and dresses from different periods and styles.

These include a range of wedding dresses from different periods, a ‘Mother-of-the Bride’ outfit, full Highland dress as well as communion and christening dresses.

There are also many items from the archives on show, plus photographs, film footage and music.

Exhibition curator Gillian Brogan said: “It has been both fascinating and great fun bringing this exhibition together.

“We have a wonderful collection of artefacts relating to family celebrations that people have donated to their local museums over the years and it is wonderful to be able to display them in a special exhibition such as this.

“With such a diversity of cultures and faiths within Lanarkshire, there is a host of ways residents have celebrated the great milestones of family life.

“We invite everyone to ‘Let’s Celebrate’ at the heritage centre - a truly engaging exhibition for summer.”

During the school holidays there will be a series of activities for children themed to the exhibition.

Admission to the exhibition is free and runs until October.

This is the first exhibition under the heritage centre’s new opening times of 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Saturday.