Excited! David Livingstone Trust have now arranged their next meeting with Blantyre Project in a few weeks time! All being well, hopefully my 33 years worth of Blantyre notes, stories, photos, documents, artefacts and research will have a permanent, renovated base for every new Blantyre generation to learn about and enjoy in the form of displays, exhibitions and for reference!
Even at present this would represent one of the largest local history collections in Lanarkshire (if not the largest!) with approx. 5,000 researched articles, 12,000 old Blantyre photos, lots of interesting Blantyre memorabilia and artefacts, 8 exclusive books and a full volume of three new massive 840 page A4, definitive A-Z ‘Blantyre Explained’ Encyclopaedias, each the thickness of brick and containing millions of words….everything I’ve ever learned, written or researched in a searchable format! It will archive, protect and preserve Blantyre history permanently and I intend to discuss ways for that collection to evolve and grow further. With credible ties in place, I hope to secure outside funding to assist the Trust and Blantyre Project in these activities.
I’ve never been more proud and thrilled to see partnered baby steps being taken towards these lofty goals. It will be a lasting, accurate legacy for this town. Watch this space.
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