Lanarkshire’s museums offer a fascinating insight into the area’s rich history and heritage.
Discover the interesting story of Lanarkshire’s industrial past at Summerlee, an award-winning, free museum in Coatbridge. Built on the site of the 19th-century ironworks and a restored section of the Monklands Canal, it is home to the only heritage electric tramway, offering rides on both modern and Edwardian open-topped trams, a brilliant mine tour and Miners Row, which shows how the men and their families lived. Other highlights include an exhibition gallery, adventure park, tea room and gift shop.
The history of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), a renowned regiment which served for more than 300 years before being disbanded in 1968, is celebrated at Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. Its story is brought to life through an amazing collection of objects, including documents, colours, weapons and medals, as well as more unusual items such as vases, sketchbooks and jewellery.
Experience the thrill of Scotland’s only underground mine tour at the Museum of Lead Mining in Wanlockhead. Discover what life was like for the miners, and visit The Miners’ Library, one of three subscription libraries in Scotland set up by the miners themselves. At the visitor centre, you can enjoy a fantastic display of minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts, and during the museum’s open season, visitors can even try their luck at finding their own gold….