Coal, Cottages and Canals, based at Lambhill Stables, wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Lambhill Stables has received £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Coal, Cottages and Canals”.

The project aims to bring to life the forgotten stories of the communities that lived alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal between Farm Bridge, Bishopbriggs, and Lambhill from the opening of the canal to the present day. The object is to foster awareness of the significance of the Lambhill area’s history, through intergenerational participation and the involvement of at least 40 volunteers.

We are looking for people with an interest in the history of this area to get involved, if you’d like more information please contact: Maggie MacBean Orr, Heritage Co-ordinator on 0141 945 4100 or email:

We can provide training in: research skills, guiding history walking tours and oral history techniques through our project partners: Glasgow Museums, Glasgow University, Northlight and Paths for All. We will offer practical experience of daily life a century ago such as how people got food, their hobbies and the way they made their own entertainments. You can also take part in community archaeology activities or just come and see us if you have personal or family connections, photographs etc. that you would be willing to share.

We hope to involve young people from local schools to develop the stories through the medium of artistic expression: art, drama and creative writing.

Coal, Cottages and Canals is initially a 2 year project although we hope to continue history and heritage activity at Lambhill Stables beyond the end of the project.

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Coal, Cottages and Canals” is a great project as it shows clearly how local heritage can be a catalyst for lots of different activities and bring people together behind a common purpose. HLF is pleased to support Lambhill Stables in its plans to recruit volunteers of all ages, offer skills training and, thanks to National Lottery players, enable people to enjoy the history on their own doorstep.”

Notes to Editors

About Lambhill Stables:

A community hub and social enterprise for North Glasgow Lambhill Stables was set up in 2007 with the aim of providing recreational, occupational, training and employment opportunites for the residents of Lambhill and district. The derelict former stables building, which was a staging post in the days when horses pulled boats and barges along the Forth and Clyde canal, was taken into community ownership and funding was awarded by a number of organisations to convert it to community use.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund:

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. Follow us on facebook HLFScotland and twitter @HLFScotland

For futher information, images and interviews, please contact:

Maggie MacBean Orr, Heritage Co-ordinator.
Tel: 0141 945 4100

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