Archives and Records
Explore the historical records of North Lanarkshire
North Lanarkshire Council Archives collects, preserves and makes available to the public a wealth of historical records. These records are a unique resource and can provide evidence of previous generations' private and working lives, of the development of your local community and of the decision making processes of local government. If you would like to find out more about the past, whether for leisure, study or work, the archives are there for your use.
Our collections include:
- Records of the former burghs in North Lanarkshire (e.g. Airdrie, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Motherwell and Wishaw)
- Historical records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation
- Cemetery records
- Poor law records
- School records
- Estate papers, e.g. Hamilton of Dalzell, Drumpellier and Cumbernauld
- Business collections, e.g. William Baird & Co, Anderson Boyes & Co Ltd, Thomas Hudson & Co Ltd
- Records of societies and clubs
- Papers of private individuals and families
- Large photographic collections covering the entire area of North Lanarkshire
- An extensive map collection
The Archives provide access to these collections in our search room at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell, a five minute walk from Motherwell Railway Station.
We also welcome enquiries by telephone, e-mail and letter.
Our search room hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00