Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre

Welcome to the Blantyre Miners Welfare Charitable Society and Community Resource Centre website. This website aims to give you a feel for this wonderful society as well as the individual buildings that make up the overall organisation. The Community Resource Centre is one of the major sections of the Blantyre Miners Welfare Charitable Society and was opened in October 2008.

Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre

Heritage Lottery for funding

Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre is delighted to announce that  a bid to Heritage Lottery for funding of almost £30,000 has been successful. The result of hard work by the Steering Group set up for the purpose, Andy Paterson, the late Jim Cornfield and myself, Bill Sim, along with Kay Macintosh (Changing Places), Blantyre Miners and staff.

With this money our aims are:

  • raise awareness and knowledge within Blantyre and the surrounding communities with both young and old, of the rich heritage within Blantyre.
  • create a visual display and oral history of Blantyre therefore ensuring that this rich heritage will be documented for both the present and the future.
  • assist preservation of local historical artefacts.
  • improve community spirit.
  • provide opportunities for learning, development and participation by Encouraging participation from schools and local groups to enhance the Project through
  • learning days and seminars with a ‘hands-on’ approach.
  • create visual historical presentations and outreach materials for use in outreach projects to local schools and groups.
  • recruit and develop a volunteer group to increase the facility through events within the Centre such as Family History days, film shows, amateur play groups etc.

Bill Sim who is part of the Steering group and runs his own historical website, says ”  is proud to be part of recording Blantyre’s rich heritage and colourful history at the Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre. It should be a part of every Blantyronians life to ensure that their history, achievements and artefacts are made available for current and future generations, less it will be lost forever”.

We have completed a wall mounted Photographic Story Line taking us from The Priory c1350 up to 1953.

We also have a few artifacts on display and a coin collection which is currently on loan.

Also, in co-operation with the management, Andy Paterson and myself, are pleased to inform you that our 1875 Map of Blantyre has finally been mounted in the Miners Resource Centre Reception.

1875 Map of Blantyre

 Display Cabinet  Display Cabinet

Story Line

Story Line

Story Line
Story Line
Story Line

A Day in a Miners Life story board now displayed in Reception.

Day in Miners Life

As part of the Outreach Programme, we are supplying five Primary Schools with an Apodo which along with the existing 87 Interactive Exercises, has a further 10 Interactive Programmes based on Blantyre and the Mining History.


Lord Provost Unveils Monument

Lord Provost Unveils Monument

A SCULPTURE depicting the proud mining history of Blantyre has been unveiled.

The work was created by artist Alan Potter, with the help of second-year pupils from Calderside Academy.

The pupils designed and made 12 relief panels that have been inlaid into the large sarsen, or standing stone.

The sculpture is located outside Blantyre Miners’ Community Resource Centre, in Calder Street.

 History of Coal Mining in Blantyre was designed by the Children of Calderside Academy.  The Monument which depicts the History of Coal Mining
 The Monument which depicts the History of Coal Mining  The Monument which depicts the History of Coal Mining
 The Monument which depicts the History of Coal Mining  Andy Paterson makes the opening Speach on behalf of the History Project Group. Andy, Lord Provest and Me.

Andy Paterson makes the opening Speech on behalf of the History Project Group.
Andy, Lord Provest and Me.

We have now displayed two Banners in the Main Hall, Miners Union Banner:

Miners Union Banner

… and Andrew McAnulty’s Banner.

Andrew McAnulty Banner

If you are interested in booking any of the centre venues then call us on 01698 711100 or e-mail for any inquiries:- or visit the web site at


If you have any Photos… Send them to Bill

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