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Motherwell Heritage Centre

Motherwell Heritage Centre is very much a local museum. That said however, it doesn't necessarily mean it is a poor attraction and one that you shouldn't visit.

Comprising a variety of areas it shows how the fortunes of the local area have both fallen and risen with the many changes which have occurred in its history. Leading the visitors from the early days of the Romans, through to the days of agriculture and growth and finally to the once proud industries of Iron and Steel. Recalling the names of Dalziel and Ravenscraig, the area's reliance on the Steel industry is well documented and is a fitting tribute.

Exhibits also show the social conditions and living conditions for the ordinary men and women through the ages concentrating on the Victorian Era through the early world wars up to the early 1960's.

Don't go expecting a dusty, glass-covered museum with "do not touch" signs all over. Opened in 1996, it has won awards such as the museum of the year for its Technopolis area, which is as "hands on" as any exhibit can be. If you are from the area and are returning as a visitor or had family who stayed in the area, you will also have the opportunity to research your family tree.

All in a good local museum which is worth spending an hour or two in, if you are in the area. Perhaps not worth making a long journey for though, unless you combine it with a visit to Low Parks Museum (Hamilton)

Motherwell Heritage Link