New exhibition celebrates Glasgow’s lost mining communities

A new museum exhibition at Lambhill Stables celebrates the life and work of the forgotten mining communities along the Forth and Clyde Canal in the north of Glasgow.

The exhibition, entitled Coal, Cottages and Canals, is part of a two year community history project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is investigating the vanished rows of miners’ cottages between Lambhill and Bishopbriggs.

The names of Lochfauld, Laigh Possil, Kenmure Row and Mavis Valley linger dimly in the memories of the people who grew up in the north of Glasgow – virtually nothing remains of the cottages themselves. This project may be the last opportunity to preserve the memories of people who either lived or whose family members lived in these cottages.

A team of local volunteers has been carrying out community archaeology, photographic surveys, oral history recordings and census data research, gathering clues from the past in order to paint a vivid picture of Glasgow’s changing landscape that future generations can appreciate and enjoy. In this way, Coal, Cottages and Canals aims to contribute to the transformation of the Forth and Clyde Canal from a disused relic of Scotland’s industrial past to the vibrant green space that exists today.

The volunteers have been supported in creating their exhibition by the Open Museum, the community outreach team of Glasgow Museums. The display features a selection of objects discovered in the area, alongside artefacts donated by members of the Lambhill Stables History and Heritage Group relating to the themes of the exhibition. Together, they tell the story of life and work in the cottages along the canal.

Colin Clark, Heritage Coordinator for Lambhill Stables, said, “We’re excited to be able to present the work of our volunteer historians in such a beautiful and accessible way. The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to shine a light into a part of Glasgow’s past that’s in danger of disappearing for good. We hope the exhibition will attract more visitors to the area, and to Lambhill Stables, to find out about the lost communities that played such a vital role in growing our city’s fortunes.”

“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.”

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland

Coal, Cottages and Canals will be displayed in the History and Heritage Room at Lambhill Stables for one year from Monday 3rd October. Admission is free.


Notes to Editors

About Lambhill Stables

The former stables in the north of Glasgow was built in 1812 as a staging post in the days when horses pulled boats and barges along the Forth and Clyde Canal. The Category ‘B’ listed building is one of four identical stables on the canal – with others at Kirkintilloch, Twechar and Kilsyth.

After lying derelict for many years, the building was taken into community ownership and funding secured in 2007 with the aim of providing recreational and occupational training and employment opportunities for the residents of Lambhill and district.

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

About the Open Museum

The Open Museum is Glasgow Museums’ outreach service, based at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.  It takes Glasgow Museums’ collections out beyond the museum walls to venues such as libraries, shopping centres and community centres, reaching many people who, for a variety of reasons, may not regularly visit any of Glasgow’s nine civic museums. There are object handling kits and travelling exhibitions available for loan with over 4,000 objects on offer.

The Open Museum also encourages and supports community groups across the city to tell their own stories and to mark their own histories. It’s a free service that allows groups, venues and community event organisers in Glasgow to borrow museum objects and create displays with the support of the Open Museum curators and technical team.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Colin Clark

Heritage Coordinator, Lambhill Stables

0141 945 4100 or 07746403373

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