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South Lanarkshire During Wartime

South Lanarkshire During Wartime

This page was created to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, as well as highlighting some of our other WW2 content.  We will continue to add related material here when we can, and hope it will encourage you to explore our physical collections when they become accessible again.

BorrowBox local content

The Libraries Service has added three newly created eBooks to our BorrowBox local content collection.

There is no waiting list for these items.

They can be downloaded using our BorrowBox app. If you’re not sure how to use BorrowBox then this video should help.

Lanark during the war years – 1939-1945

This anonymous handwritten diary has been lovingly digitised and transcribed. It provides a valuable insight into Lanark during the war years and how life in Lanark changed.

Lanark during the war years – 1939-1945
Lanark during the war years 1938 to 1945 and local notes Extracts from a war time diary of the Lanark area the diary shows details of entries for the first and second weeks in June 1940
District spitfire fund crashed german junkers 88 exhibition on 18 november

VE Day in Rutherglen 1945

A fascinating and entertaining account of Rutherglen exploring the events around VE Day in Rutherglen. It also covers subjects including Women at War, Bombs in Rutherglen, Gas Masks, and much more!

VE Day in Rutherglen 1945
Ve day celebrations in rutherglen image showing miss mary munro her peter henderson medals and her flyer they shall have music wherever they go Gas mask information circa 1939 image also show children and adults in rutherglen town hall with gas mask


Rutherglen Reformer – 11th May 1945

Read the full edition (all 8 pages!) of the first Reformer published after VE Day.

The header of the rutherglen reformer 11th may 1945

 

Sentimental Journey

A library colleague has filmed a tribute to her grandfather, through his beautifully preserved World War 2 records.

Sentimental Journey

 

The Call of the Land

The ‘Lanark Library’ division of the Women's Land Army, read a poem written during WW2 by Gordon Geddes.  The Call of the Land encouraged women to enrol in the WLA.

Image showing The Lanark library division of the women's land army

 

Wartime photographs

To view photos of South Lanarkshire during WW2, go to our Wartime Photographs web page.

Soldiers' Stories

For a more personal insight on WW2 and VE Day you can view our Soldiers' Stories film, which explores personal stories from members of Lanarkshire regiments, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and Lanarkshire Yeomanry.

A Soldiers story image.  Four portraits of soldiers, with two cap badges displayed.

Ancestry Library Edition

Discover your family’s wartime story by searching the billions of records held on the Ancestry Library Edition website. This is now temporarily available to library members from home! Visit our online catalogue and Log in using your Library membership to get FREE access.

Log in here to your library account to access Ancestory Library Edition from home.  Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely courtesy of PrQuest and its partner Ancestry

For help in getting started, have a look at our Beginners Military Family History eBook, now available on BorrowBox. Find it in the Local Content category.

Borrowbox local content

Low Parks Museum

The Museums team had also planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the War. The commemorative exhibition was to explore personal stories and experiences of local people. This would include tales from The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and the Lanarkshire Yeomanry Group. Current events have sadly put the exhibition on hold for the time being. However we hope to be able to display some of the planned content in the Museum later this year.

Image showing Cameronian soldiers marching

The Museum is currently closed, in line with Government guidelines. A selection of museum items can still be viewed via our Online Collection. We will continue to bring you stories, photographs and collections content through the regimental collections blog. Material that would have been exhibited will be covered in a series of blog posts. We look forward to sharing with you poignant wartime stories of Cameronian soldiers. This includes soldiers decorated for bravery, men taken prisoner of war, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to highlight and promote new posts through the Low Parks Museum Facebook page Please make sure to ‘like’ the Page to keep up to date with our latest content.



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