Olympian Gallery

photo of the London Olympics swimming team in 1948North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre marked the 75th anniversary of the 1948 London Olympics, with a permanent gallery exhibition to remember the incredible members of the Motherwell Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club, who represented Great Britain in the competition.

The family of former Motherwell Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club members, community and staff came together to officially open the new Olympians Gallery at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.

The new gallery tells the story of the town’s famous Olympian swimmers, who dominated British swimming for twenty years, during the 1940s and 50s, and celebrates their amazing achievements as World Record Holders and World Champions.

The gallery was curated by local volunteer community curators and made possible by funding from Museums and Galleries Scotland.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre lies on the site formally occupied by Motherwell baths, which played an important part in the local community. This connection is also reflected in the choice of objects displayed including arm bands, tickets, and sign boards.  

The Olympian Gallery is free to view Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information, please call North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre on 01698 274 590.