All through Winter 1977 and into early 1978, searches through Blantyre’s dusty attics, garden sheds and farm buildings helped make a dream come true.
The dream was to collect relics from Blantyre’s past and put them on show in a new social history museum at David Livingstone Centre. So, an appeal went out in Autumn 1976 for any remains of Blantyre’s past industries, farming, cotton spinning and mining.
Soon, everything from Davy Lamps to Antique Farming equipment was handed into the Livingstone Centre and with the help of eager young researchers like James Dick and Moira Whitmore (Hamilton College of Education), these memories of the past were put on display for opening that summer.
Bill Cunningham, warden of the Memorial (pictured), said, “The response has been very good, but we do need more. People should know they can give us any item on an extended loan, if they don’t wish to give it away for ever. “
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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