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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Door open days

21 September 2019 (10 am to 5 pm)

North Lanarkshire

Summerlee, the museum of Scottish Industrial Life, reopened in September 2008 following a major £10 million redevelopment.

The main exhibition hall was completely stripped out and refitted and the new hall now provides a modern and environmentally sustainable setting for some of Scotland's most important displays of social and industrial history, including many 'star' items from the collection unseen by the public.

Much of the Museum’s collection of industrial machinery is in working condition and the interactive displays gives 'hands on' experience, allowing visitors to explore their industrial heritage in a new and exciting way.

Museum is open from 10am-5pm with Doors Open Days activities as follows:

  • Curator Led Tours of the Industrial History Store

Join the Industrial History Curator for a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the newly refurbished museum store. See objects and learn more about the story of industrial Lanarkshire.

11am  - 12 noon; 1pm  - 2pm

Free. Booking recommended. Please call 01236 856150.

  • Sea Hames by Oceanallover

Sea Hames is an immersive performance piece by the acclaimed Oceanallover and is a visceral and poetic response to the mythology and iconography of horses.  It will take place around Summerlee Museum and is suitable for families.

Free. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

http://www.oceanallover.co.uk/

  • Tours of the tramp depot from 2pm-5pm
  • Mine tours from 1pm-4pm, £1.10 for adults/ 65p for children (no disabled access)
  • Heritage tram rides from 10am–4:30pm, all day tickets £1.65 for adults/ 85p for children.
  • Exhibition hall with displays and interactives telling the story of industry.
  • See the Vulcan exhibition, housed within a replica of Scotland’s first iron hulled boat, sited on the Gartsherrie cut of James Watt’s Monkland canal.
  • Visit the Miners’ row with houses and gardens showing life from 1840s to the 1980s and also an old fashioned sweetie shop for a soor ploom or a lollipop.
  • Large play area, picnic area, and outdoor walks.
  • Café serving hot and cold food and refreshments from 10am-4:30pm.
  • Accessible WCs, baby change and gift shop.
  • Numerous outdoor exhibits including a sawmill, wood drying shed, engines, locomotives and much more!

Accessible parking. 10 minutes from Coatbridge Sunnyside railway station or 5 minutes from Coatbridge Central.

Facilities

Key Information

Museum is open from 10am-5pm, activities as follows:

  • Curator Led Tours of the Industrial History Store

Join the Industrial History Curator for a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the newly refurbished museum store. See objects and learn more about the story of industrial Lanarkshire.

11am  - 12 noon; 1pm  - 2pm

Free. Booking recommended. Please call 01236 856150.

  • Sea Hames by Oceanallover

Sea Hames is an immersive performance piece by the acclaimed Oceanallover and is a visceral and poetic response to the mythology and iconography of horses.  It will take place around Summerlee Museum and is suitable for families.

Free. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

http://www.oceanallover.co.uk/

  • Tours of the tram depot from 2pm-5pm
  • Mine tours from 1pm-4pm, £1.10 for adults/ 65p for children (no disabled access)
  • Heritage tram rides from 10am–4:30pm, all day tickets £1.65 for adults/ 85p for children.
  • Exhibition hall with displays and interactives telling the story of industry.
  • See the Vulcan exhibition, housed within a replica of Scotland’s first iron hulled boat, sited on the Gartsherrie cut of James Watt’s Monkland canal.
  • Visit the Miners’ row with houses and gardens showing life from 1840s to the 1980s and also an old fashioned sweetie shop for a soor ploom or a lollipop.
  • Large play area, picnic area, and outdoor walks.
  • Café serving hot and cold food and refreshments from 10am-4:30pm.
  • Accessible WCs, baby change and gift shop.
  • Numerous outdoor exhibits including a sawmill, wood drying shed, engines, locomotives and much more!

Accessible parking. 10 minutes from Coatbridge Sunnyside railway station or 5 minutes from Coatbridge Central.

Where to find us

Address
  • Heritage Way
  • (Off West Canal Street)
  • Coatbridge
  • ML5 1QD