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Exhibition looks at war through eyes of locals

Published Thursday, 30 March 2017

SLLC’s Barrie Duncan and Michael Allan of Access NL are curators for the Lanarkshire’s War exhibition

An exhibition telling the story of Lanarkshire’s War is set to open its doors to the public next week.

Opening its doors on Monday 3 April at Low Parks Museum in Hamilton, the exhibition uses social, industrial, military and archive items from the collections of both South and North Lanarkshire councils. It will also include personal stories giving an insight into the impact of war on all aspects of Lanarkshire’s social and industrial life, as well as from those on the frontline.

The Heritage Lottery and Museum Galleries Scotland funded project, is part of a four-year UK programme, commemorates the centenary of the First World War. A partnership project between North and South Lanarkshire, the exhibition is the culmination of 18 months of work on behalf of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) Museum Service and Culture NL Museums and Heritage

Gerry Campbell, General Manager of SLLC, said: “This project has been a tremendous example of sharing our heritage collections to best advantage in this national initiative. We are delighted to have worked in partnership with our colleagues in North Lanarkshire to bring to the people of our county such a thought-provoking social and historical exhibition.”

And Jillian Ferrie, Chief Executive of CultureNL, added: “This exhibition aims to tell the story of the First World War from the perspective of the people who lived through it. We are sure the exhibition will be a success at  Low Parks and we look forward to continuing its appeal when it comes to Summerlee.”

‘Lanarkshire’s War’ runs from Monday 3rd April until Sunday 29th October 2017. From 2018 the exhibition will take up residence at Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life, Coatbridge.

Low Parks Museum in Hamilton’s Muir Street is open seven days a week and general admission and entry to the exhibition area is free.

More information on the exhibition is available at www.slleisureandculture.co.uk or www.culturenl.co.uk

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1 – South Lanarkshire Leisure’s Barrie Duncan and Michael Allan of Access NL are curating the new exhibition.