Motherwell Heritage Centre
North Lanarkshire Council
Buchanan Business Park
Motherwell Heritage Centre is a distinctive building in the modern style which first opened its doors in November 1996. It is a Scottish Tourist Board '4-Star' graded visitor attraction. The main feature of the centre is its 'Technopolis' multi-media display on the heritage of the area from the days of the Romans, through the rise and fall of local heavy industries to the era of present day Motherwell.
The heyday of the traditional industries such as mining, railways and steel production are brought to life through foundry and street scenes, glimpses of domestic life, talking figures and 'hands on' interactive technology. The Heritage Centre offers a range of Discovery Boxes for loan, and museum workshops for schools that tie in closely with the 5 –14 environmental studies curriculum.
On the ground floor is a gallery area which sees six different exhibitions a year. These are either curated 'in-house' or touring exhibitions from the National Museums of Scotland, the Crafts Council or other organisations.
Upstairs is a conference and activities room available for hire, complete with audio-visual facilities.
The centre has a local studies and family history research room with microfilm and microfiche readers, computers for database searching and a photocopier and fax machine.
A small shop area sells a range of heritage books, postcards, gifts, sweets and mementoes.
Museum, Industrial heritage site, Transport heritage site
Closed Christmas & 1 January
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures