Agriculture, Food & Drink

North Lanarkshire was largely rural until the coming of the railways and even then agriculture remained an important part of the economy. In particular the Clyde Valley was known for its fruit orchards and this led to the production of preserves and sweets. One of the first big employers was Lord Belhaven’s distillery in Wishaw while Lanarkshire has long been known for its chippies!

The area was home to several of Scotland’s best known traditional sweetie makers including Lee’s and King’s of Wishaw.Star objects include items from King’s of Wishaw including sweetie-making machinery, bottles of flavourings and colourful labels and packaging. We also have oral history recordings with the last workers at the factory. Whisky items include a vat for filling bottles and a whisky hand pump.

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