New exhibition celebrates Glasgow’s lost mining communities

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A member of Lambhill Stables Heritage Group by the Forth & Clyde Canal in September 1931, with Laigh Possil row in the background and Lochfauld Cottages in the distance. PHOTO SUPPLIED

THE life and work of the forgotten mining communities along the Forth and Clyde Canal in the north of Glasgow is celebrated at a new museum exhibition at Lambhill Stables.

 

Entitled Coal, Cottages and Canals, it 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 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 opened in October and will be displayed in the History and Heritage Room at Lambhill Stables for one year. Admission is free.

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