Museums and Heritage Talks Programme

Talks available in the community museum talks

If you are looking for a speaker on a local history topic for your group, historical society or day centre please contact 01236 638352 to arrange. Talks normally last 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Free to groups who meet in North Lanarkshire. Outside North Lanarkshire a charge will apply.

Talks available include:

 Family History and Archives

  • Family History Research at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
  • How to research your family tree: beginners guide
  • A Beginners Guide to Tracing Your Scottish Family Tree
  • Wills and testaments as sources for family and social history
  • Sources for family history at North Lanarkshire Archives
  • Introduction to North Lanarkshire Archives (can be tailored specific locations)
  • Taking care of your old photographs and papers
  • Any archives theme requested, e.g. what records are available on a particular topic

 Local History

  • Old Motherwell & Wishaw – in pictures
  • Bellshill, the Orbiston Community and Douglas Support
  • Old Wishaw
  • The pox, the flu and the measles; coping with disease in Old

Motherwell District

  • Making the headlines in preindustrial Motherwell and district
  • A Walk Round Coatbridge* In Old Photographs” (* Or “Airdrie” or “Monklands”)
  • Kilsyth Past & Present” (comparative photos)
  • Cumbernauld & District in Old Photos
  • Caldercruix Back Through Time
  • Weaving in Airdrie
  • Going to the Pictures – Lanarkshire’s Cinema Heritage
  • Stories of Migration
  • Poems, stories and songs from the archives
  • The collections of North Lanarkshire council museums
  • Summerlee Museum
  • Industrial History of North Lanarkshire
  • The Vulcan (Scotland’s first iron boat)
  • Summerlee Past and Present

Reminiscence Sessions – £21 per session

  • Childhood games and play (talk and activities)
  • Up the Dancing (dancing and dance halls around Lanarkshire)

 To book a talk please ring 01236 638352 or email