Mining, Quarrying & Brickmaking

North Lanarkshire has a rich array of natural resources beneath its bustling streets and lush fields. The once-rich coal seams helped power the area as the heart of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution. Layers of fireclay built a prolific local brickmaking industry. Local quarries have provided the aggregate that has shaped the roads and motorways of Scotland.

The museum collection contains a wide selection of objects representing these important parts of North Lanarkshire’s working history. Among these are picks, hand tools and safety equipment, objects relating to Coatbridge Mines Rescue, and the last surviving locomotive built in North Lanarkshire.

From the collection: