Relive county’s mining heritage

miners exhibition
miners exhibition

AN exhibition celebrating North Lanarkshire’s coalmining history has opened at Summerlee Heritage Park in Coatbridge.

Going Underground tells the story of mining in Scotland from earliest times to the closure of the pits.

Included in the displays are machinery, film footage, documents and stories from former miners.

The Motherwell engineering firm of Anderson Boyes, which began in 1899, is well represented in the exhibition with a large coal-cutter and material from the company archive on view.

Exhibition curator Justin Parkes said: “Coal fuelled the industrial revolution. It was burned to make iron and steel, to power steam engines and to heat homes.

“Our new exhibition explores the challenges faced by our mining communities and the advances made to try and overcome them.”

Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of North Lanarkshire Council’s leisure services committee, said: “It’s an excellent exhibition that will interest all ages.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, May 8, and admission is free.

School workshops based on the exhibition will be run for P5 to P7 and there are curators’ tours on alternate Wednesdays.

For more details call 01236 638353.