High Days and Holidays
The word “holiday” has its origins in religious festivals. Many secular holidays share their place in our calendar with former holy days and religious celebrations.
After the First World War, travel had become more accessible however poverty meant that holidays were often only enjoyed by the rich. Church groups organised day trips for the local community, often subsidising the cost and providing packed lunches to the day-trippers.
This group of documents comes from a collection relating to a member of the Gospel Hall, in Lanarkshire’s lost mining village, Bothwellhaugh. In the period 1914-18 there were over 500 Bothwellhaugh children registered to the local primary school, in 1923 most of those registered would be on the Sunday school trip.