Community Life

Explore the collection to find out about the communities which grew up around the industries that once thrived in North Lanarkshire. Discover their local and cultural traditions and the impact they made. Highlights include a striking Lithuanian National Costume and a beautiful wedding dress, handmade in Shotts for a local woman’s marriage to the son of an Italian immigrant.

The collection also includes of a wealth of material relating to friendly societies, such as regalia associated with the Ancient Order of Gardeners, Orange Order, Airdrie Weavers Society and United Oddfellows, to name but a few. Fascinating objects related to important community events, policing, crime and punishment also feature.

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