Coatbridge - Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life

Summerlee is set in 22 acres based around the site of the nineteenth century Summerlee Ironworks in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

The museum has many attractions for all the family including Scotland's only electric tramway and recreated mine and miners' cottages and playpark and lots lots more. Admission is free.

Summerlee was formerly one of Scotland’s most important ironworks. Opened in 1836, it used the newly discovered ‘hot blast’ process patented by James Beaumont Neilson that blew hot gasses of the production process through the furnaces.

The museum you see today was initially opened in 1987 and many attractions mentioned have been added since. The main exhibition hall has been created within a former engineering shed and still has the overhead cranes in place.

The 'Summerlee Ironworks Photographic Workshop', is a brand-new community resource for the creative development of photographic skills in both traditional film and digital media which now compliments t his magnificent facility. The refurbishment of the gatehouse to create a photographic library and workshop was made possible by a Wren grant of £50,000.

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Glasgow & North Lanarkshire
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Feb 10, 2009
Jul 26, 2010
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FCC Community Action Fund
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