Learning with Archives and Local Studies

Archives for Secondary Schools (North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre)


Did you know that it is free to search the archives of North Lanarkshire? For pupils studying National 4 and above, the archive provides access to primary documents from the 17th century to more recent times.


The collections include:

  • The records of the previous administrations in North Lanarkshire (old burghs, parishes, counties, districts and regions), including poor law, school, building and burial records
  • Estate papers, including Hamilton of Dalzell, Drumpellier and Cumbernauld
  • Business collections include William Baird & Co, at one time the largest ironworks in Scotland; Anderson Boyes & Co Ltd, producers of mining equipment; and Thomas Hudson & Co Ltd, manufacturers of boilers and structural ironworks
  • Records of societies and clubs reflecting the wide range of political, cultural, social and leisure activities carried out by local people, e.g. Airdrie Weavers’ Society
  • Papers of private individuals and families
  • Large photographic collections covering the entire area of North Lanarkshire
  • An extensive map collectionsecondary2
  • The records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation (Cumbernauld New Town)


Booking essential. Please call 01698 524712 to arrange a free introductory visit. If you have particular interest, please let the archives team know when you book.