Reminiscence for Older People

In the MoodMemory Lane

We come to your venue to lead a community singing session. You can enjoy tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, including a selection of Scots favourites.

£24 for up to 15 participants. Duration: 1 hour.

Talk and Reminisce

Get together for a chat about how life has changed. We bring along reminiscence objects which will help
stimulate stories and memories.

Current topics include:

  • Childhood Games and Play (talk
    and activities)
  • Right up my Street (shopping in the past)
  • Seaside and Holidays
  • The Steamie (washday)
  • Up the Dancing (dancing and dancehalls around Glasgow and Lanarkshire)
  • Weaving Taster Session (talk and activity)
  • The 1950s in Objects and Photos
  • Speedway in Lanarkshire
  • A Cut Above – hairdressing, barbering and personal grooming in the past.

New topics coming soon, please ask for more information when booking.

£24 for up to 15 participants. Duration: 1 hour.

Memory Boxes

Borrow a box to use with your group for reminiscence or for drawing, photography, exhibition or to support drama.

  • 1950’s & 60’s
  • Bringing up Baby
  • Cinema Memories
  • Going Out (dancing and special occasions)
  • Holidays
  • School Days
  • The Steamie (washday)
  • A Stitch In Time
  • Speedway in Lanarkshire

£24 for four weeks hire. Boxes must be collected and returned to Summerlee Museum or North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.

Reminiscence Visits to the Museum

A short guided tour of the museum tailored for your group plus an object handling or short craft session. Available at any museum.

£24 for up to 15 participants. Duration: 1 hour.

B Flat Miners

The life of a miner performed through story and song by three talented Summerlee Museum staff. A musical journey from the 1940s to present day. Interactive, funny and heartwarming…and that’s just Toni Macaroni…!

£90 for a 50 minutes session. Travel costs outwith North Lanarkshire will apply.


The Museum & Heritage service offers a range of talks that can be booked for your group, club or care home.

Talks cost £24 per 1 hour session.

Talks from the Archives

  • Introduction to NLC Archives
  • Poems, Stories and Songs from the Archives
  • Tailored Talks on Archive Collections
  • From Village to New Town – An Introduction to the History of Cumbernauld through Local Archives
  • Burghs, Businesses and Clubs – An Introduction to the Archives of the Monklands Area at North Lanarkshire Archives
  • From Landed Estates to Steelopolis – An Introduction to the Archives of the Motherwell & Wishaw Area at North Lanarkshire Archives
  • Eine kurze Einführung in das Archivwesen – An Introduction to archives in German (for advanced learners)
  • How to Read Old Handwriting
  • Introduction to Cemetery and Poor Law Records
  • Taking Care of your Old Photographs and Papers Talks about Family History
  • Family History Research at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
  • How to Research your Family Tree: Beginners Guide
  • Industrial Records and You: How to use Industrial and Business Records to Explore your Family History Sources for Family History at NLC Archives
  • Wills and Testaments as Sources for Family and Social History

Talks About Local History

North Lanarkshire History

  • A Walk around Coatbridge in Old Photographs (also available for Airdrie and Monklands)
  • Bellshill, the Orbiston Community and Douglas Support
  • Cumbernauld and District in Old Photos
  • Industrial History of North Lanarkshire
  • Kilsyth Past and Present (Comparative Photos)
  • Making the Headlines in Pre- Industrial Motherwell and District
  • Old Motherwell and Wishaw – In Pictures
  • Old Wishaw
  • The Pox, the Flu and the Measles: Coping with Disease in Old Motherwell District
  • Weaving in Airdrie
  • In Fierce Light: the Life and Work of John Stewart, Coatbridge war poet.
  • Going to the Pictures – Lanarkshire’s Cinema Heritage
  • Stories of Migration in Lanarkshire

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

  • Summerlee Museum
  • Summerlee Past and Present
  • The Collections of North Lanarkshire Museums
  • The Vulcan: Scotland’s First Iron Boat

For more details, please contact The Learning Team on 01236 638352 or email or