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Pit, Ponies, People and Stories

Pits, Ponies, People and Stories

The Pits, Ponies, People and Stories project is community learning and development project which aims to gather and record the wealth of knowledge, experience, stories and songs relating to South Lanarkshire's mining heritage.

This two-year project, led by South Lanarkshire Council and working with a range of partners, has been awarded funding to boost heritage activity within the authority.

What will the project involve?

  • a Local Mining Heritage Resource, containing facts, figures, images, stories and memories– which will be picked up and used by future generations
  • an interactive map, which highlights places of interests, and will feature images and information
  • a major exhibition to be held at the Low Parks Museum Hamilton, and which will then travel throughout the region. We will create a textile banner, to commemorate this mining tradition
  • local schools will engage in projects to produce a children’s storybook and a re-enactment
  • a series of community films, which will showcase South Lanarkshire’s Pits, Ponies, People & Stories.

Share your knowledge

This is your chance to share your knowledge, experience, stories and songs relating to South Lanarkshire’s Mining Heritage with others.

Is there anything you can tell us about Mining in South Lanarkshire? What do you remember about this industry? What did it mean to you? What role did you play? What memories and stories do you have?

Your family photographs, objects, machinery, memorabilia relating to mining, will all add a personal touch to preserving this heritage.

Get involved

We will help you to research and find out more about your mining heritage – for example, your local area, your street, the local mines, or your family heritage. Any subjects relating to mining heritage can be considered – cooking, recipes, entertainment and leisure – can you think of any more?

You will be working with professionals such as museum curators, librarians, academics, archivists, illustrators, film makers, and a wealth of South Lanarkshire Council staff. They will guide you through the project, and help you develop new skills.

We will organise and provide trips and visits to local and national museums and place of interest – to help you explore South Lanarkshire’s Mining Heritage and to develop your ideas and understanding.

How you'll benefit

  • develop new skills, experience and knowledge
  • meet new people and share common interests
  • take part in our fun activities, trips and training

For more information please contact the Project Team:

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