Archives (North Lanarkshire’s War)

The ‘North Lanarkshire’s War’ project will aim to make our large collection of First World War and related archival material more readily available to the public.

We will aim to tell the story of our archival First World War holdings by participating in the national ‘Scotland’s War’ project run by the University of Edinburgh, which Culture NL is a key partner.

Our Archives team will also seek to uncover new material at present held throughout our communities, as this will help tell the story of North Lanarkshire’s War through the eyes of its people.

Our latest Archive event details will be posted here as they are announced.


First World War Family Open Day

Saturday 31st October 2015                                         11am-4.30pm

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Bring all the family along for a day of activities, talks and storytelling as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund North Lanarkshire’s War project.  Meet our staff to guide you through our First World War exhibition and research resources. The Scottish Great War Living History Group will be there to bring to life our exhibition and members of the Lanarkshire Family History Society will be delivering talks related to the First World War. At 3pm, there will be a film screening of Michael Morpugo’s “Private Peaceful”.


Programme for the day:

11am-12noon: Talk from Campbell Thompson on the Lanarkshire Yeomanry

12.30pm-1.30pm: Talk from Joe O’Raw about the Commonwealth War Graves

1.30pm: Researching the First Word War – workshop with Archivist Wiebke McGhee and History Graduate Clare Mackintosh

2pm: Book Launch event with the Lanarkshire Family History Society

3.00pm-4.30pm: ‘Private Peaceful’ film screening in the Conference Room


Who do you think they were? Tell us your stories.

Do you have photos or objects from this period which have stories behind them? Bring them along and share their stories with us. We want to build a bigger picture of the contribution North Lanarkshire and its residents made to the war effort.


Research your First World War ancestors

Would you like to research your First World War ancestors? Help and guidance will be available from our friendly Archives and Local Studies staff as well as free access to all day in the Local Studies room.


For children:

Storytelling by Kapow Theatre Company

Come and hear some First World War related stories read by Storyteller Emma McDougall from Kapow Theatre Company. This will run at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

Art activities by CultureNL staff

Join in with the staff here to create your own arts projects.


For Adults:

Meet the Curator

The Curator of the Lanarkshire and the Great War exhibition will be on hand for the day to talk you through the exhibition and give you more insight into the process of curation. This will take place at 12noon and 2.30pm.


Researching the First World War

Our Archivist and one of our research volunteers will introduce you to original documents from the archives revealing the impact of the First World War on North Lanarkshire. Read contemporary poems of school pupils; letters of soldiers; comments of head teachers and much more to reveal previously unheard stories of the war.