Motherwell Local Studies

Motherwell Local StudiesResearch your local and family history of the towns and villages around Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and Shotts.

Information on all aspects of the social and industrial history of the towns and villages around Motherwell, Wishaw, Shotts and Bellshill (Old Motherwell District) are held in the Local Studies Room in North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.

A small self-service research room serving the Shotts area is also available at Shotts Heritage Centre, situated within Shotts Library.

Opening hours

Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Saturday 9.30 – 16.30, Wednesdays 10.30 – 16.30

How can we help with your enquiries?

Our knowledgeable staff can assist with a broad range of local history enquiries:

  • The history and origins of your town and its buildings and monuments
  • Information on the coal, steel or iron works or any other local industry
  • Tracing a family tree
  • Trying to locate a house or shop
  • Looking for a photograph of your street or school
  • Looking for a newspaper article on a local event
  •  Researching a student project

Whatever your query on the local area, our staff are on hand to help you find the answers you need.

Use of the Local History Collection is free of charge to visitors.

No appointment is necessary for use of the Local History Collection.

Free advice on compiling a family tree or creating a more in-depth family history for visitors to the Centre.