North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre



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There is a fine viewing tower, exhibition galleries, family and local history research facilities. A mixed programme of community events, school workshops and touring exhibitions occur throughout the year, also craft and learning activities at weekends and during school holidays. The North Lanarkshire Archives, which span from the 15th century to the present day and include poor relief records and cemetery day books, are on site and can be accessed in a friendly history room. The local history department also holds a wide range of resources covering areas of Motherwell, Bellshill, Shotts and Wishaw (Old Motherwell District) and offers one-to-one advice and guidance on researching your family tree.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lifts, audio info & Braille buttons
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30 (Archives closed Sat). Archives & Local Studies: Wed 10.30-4.30. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1-2 Jan

About the area

Discover North Lanarkshire

Visiting North Lanarkshire is about getting active and heading outside to enjoy the beauty of the country parks and natural scenery. It’s about delving into the area’s past to find out about how industry and the people of Lanarkshire have shaped the county into what it is today. It’s about sampling local produce and catching your dinner. 

The county features Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest, home to over 70 different species. Or visit the Roman remains of the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around AD142 to mark the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, which was, at the time, the biggest engineering project Scotland had ever seen. Alternatively, relax and play a round at one of North Lanarkshire’s many golf clubs or gaze up at the stars at the Airdrie Observatory.

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