What’s On at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

At North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre we have regualr kids and adult activities, as well as exhibitions.

You can keep up-to-date with What’s On at the Heritage Centre Facebook page .

Pits, Ponies, People and Stories
Family Day

Monday 7 May
11am – 3pm

Join us for some family fun including traditional wash day, dress up, colliery cat hunt, storytelling and more!

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

High Road, Motherwell ML1 3HU

Open Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm

Free admission

Activities for kids


Toddler fun with a heritage theme!

Music, stories and crafts for pre-school children on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except school holidays).


North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
£2 per child

18 April – Cogs & Wheels
2 May – Toys & Games
16 May – Knights & Castles
6 June – Nature Detectives
20 June – Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, High Road, Motherwell, ML1 3HU
Spaces are limited so please book in advance by calling 01698 274 590.
Old clothing is recommended as craft activities may be messy.


Children’s activities in the gallery

Every Saturday, 12.30-3.30pm

A different craft or hands-on activity every Saturday. Just drop in during the advertised times. Suitable for over 5s.

£2.00 (no booking required)


Rhythm, song & rhyme for pre-school children.

Mondays from 2.00-2.30pm (aged 0-4)

Tuesdays Baby Bookbug from 1.45-2.15pm (age 0-18 months)

Saturdays Bookbug 10.30-11am (Age 0-4)

Free (no booking required)

Baby Bookbug

Tuesdays from 1.45-2.15pm (suitable for children aged 18 months and younger)

Activities for Adults

Memory Lane at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Take a trip down memory Lane at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.


Discover your Family and Local History

Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm, Archives Mon-Fri only 

Visit Local Studies and Archives on the 1st floor for advice on how to trace your family history. Free access to Ancestry.com.  ScotlandsPeople vouchers for sale.

Free access and general support

You can also book an in-depth session with a member of staff for £5 per hour.


Woolpack Knitting Club

Every Tuesday, 1.00-3.30pm (North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre)

An opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you knit whether you are a seasoned knitter or new to the craft.

£2.50 including refreshments


Blether & Friendship Club

Every Wednesday, 1.00-3.30pm (North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre)

Come along and meet new friends for a good blether over a cup of coffee/tea in a relaxed and friendly environment.

£2.50 including refreshments


10 February – 12 May
Pits, Ponies, People and Stories
A fascinating exhibition, exploring the history of coal mining in Lanarkshire – the people who worked in the pits, the ponies who were used in the mines and the stories of miners, their families and their lives in the mining communities. Organised by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Museum Service, it was part of a two year project which involved young people, community groups and retired miners who all came together to create resources to celebrate Lanarkshire’s incredible mining heritage. Also featuring archival photos and artefacts from North Lanarkshire’s museum and heritage collections.
Join us over the Easter school holidays for fun, family activities.

School workshops for primary and secondary pupils are available.
Call 01236 638352 to book.

25 May – 25 August
Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
An exhibition capturing the fun and excitement of the seaside comes to Motherwell. Travel back
in time to the heyday of the traditional seaside holiday, when people dressed up rather than down when visiting the coast. Experience for yourself the seaside delights on offer, including Punch and Judy, a hoopla stall and coconut shy. You can also dig for shells in the sand, dress up, take an Edwardian selfie and challenge your friends to a fishing competition.
Join us over the Summer school holidays for fun family activities.


8 September – 3 November
Larry Herman: Clydeside 1974 – 1976
New York born photographer Larry Herman documented Clydeside in the 1970s at a time when this heavily industrialised region was experiencing acute economic decline. Clydeside covers a vast geographical area, including North Lanarkshire. Several local images feature, including Ravenscraig Steelworks, Auchinlea Brickworks, Cleland, Motherwell and Stepps. The exhibition gives an intimate glimpse into the world of work and local industries on the cusp of decline.
In this exhibition, Herman was invited by Street Level to revisit his original project from which he has produced a new set of stunning black and white, silver gelatine photographs he had printed in his flat in Bethnal Green, London. This is a Street Level Photoworks touring exhibition. Join us over the October school holidays for fun family activities.
School workshops for primary pupils are available. Call 01236 638352 to book.

17 November – 26 January
Wee Winter Tales
Come along to our winter exhibition to play and learn with short films, stories and activities. It’s most suitable for younger children and their carers, however, all are welcome. There are giant story books to explore, you can make a ‘snow angel’ and take a photograph, read a story in the giant ‘tree’, dress up and draw. Related drop-in activities take place every Saturday and during the school Christmas holidays. We will also offer Christmas themed workshops for schools and early years. Call 01236 638352 for more information.