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North Lanarkshire Archives

About Michael

Upon leaving school I worked as a postman before returning to education to study Sociology at the University of Glasgow. In 2013 I wrote my honours dissertation on the social history of the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom.

Last year I was able to pursue my creative interests by working in communities across Glasgow as part of a course for artists developed by the charity, Impact Arts. I am a photographer and musician and was able to work with a range of community groups on photography, film-making and music based projects aimed at targeting social exclusion and promoting well-being.

I see my traineeship in the archives as an ideal opportunity to combine my work, academic and creative experiences. I have a keen interest in the social history of Scotland. I find the less well known histories can offer fascinating insights into Scottish life, which can inform our present as much as our past.

I have a particular interest in archive research into areas regarding culture, photography, sport and political and industrial life. With its rich industrial past, North Lanarkshire is an ideal place to pursue these interests further and I am looking forward to gaining invaluable skills across the archive sector and combining this with my interest in digital communications and community development.

About North Lanarkshire Archives

North Lanarkshire Archives, based in Motherwell, collects, preserves and makes available to the public the historical records of North Lanarkshire. The service was created in 1996 after the most recent local government re-organisation in Scotland. Covering the towns of Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Motherwell, Shotts, Stepps and Wishaw the archive serves Scotland’s fourth most populous local authority area. Our holdings encompass the entire area of North Lanarkshire and date from the 16th to the 21st century. They chart the development of North Lanarkshire from a rural society to one of the centres of the Scottish Industrial Revolution – and beyond to the post-industrial late 20th century.

Official records of the area held by the archives include council minutes of former burghs, wards and district councils; historical records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation; cemetery records; Poor law records; school records and building warrant plans.

Our private collections include the papers, of Hamilton of Dalzell, Drumpellier and Cumbernauld estates; business records including William Baird & Co, at one time the largest ironworks in Scotland; Anderson Boyes & Co Ltd, producers of mining equipment, and Thomas Hudson & Co Ltd, manufacturers of boilers and structural ironworks; records of societies and clubs reflecting the wide range of political, cultural, social and leisure activities carried out by local people; papers of private individuals and families; large photographic collections covering the entire area of North Lanarkshire and an extensive map collection.