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Low Parks Museum Curator's Choice, High Days and Holidays

We hold approximately 150,000 objects in our collections and each one gives an insight into some aspect of our cultural heritage and South Lanarkshire's collections. We have a changing programme on display in Low Parks Museum, then touring around three main South Lanarkshire libraries.

More information about the current object can be found here - Curator's Choice.  Previous choices can be seen below.



  • 1st Larkhall 13th Lanarkshire Scout Troop Commemorative Plaque

    1st Larkhall 13th Lanarkshire Scout Troop Commemorative Plaque

    The 1st Larkhall 13th Lanarkshire Scout troop was one of the first scout troops to be formed after the founding of the boy scouts movement in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell.

  • 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Photograph Album

    2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Photograph Album

    Photograph Album of 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

  • 8th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Officers Photograph

    8th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Officers Photograph

    This photograph shows the officers of the 8th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), taken in late 1914

  • A Clean Sweep

    A Clean Sweep

    The onset of warmer weather traditionally means ‘Spring cleaning’. This harks back to earlier times.

  • A Risky Business: Life as a Miner

    A Risky Business: Life as a Miner

    Lanarkshire has a centuries-old association with coal mining. Tough and dangerous, the belongings and outlook of miners often reflected this.

  • Annie Swan Annuals

    Annie Swan Annuals

    The annuals were published in the 1930s by the Dundee company, John Leng and Co.

  • Ballot Box: Hamilton Liberal Society 1801

    Ballot Box: Hamilton Liberal Society 1801

    Before national sick pay and old age pension schemes, many working people formed their own groups to supply cover for illness and old age.

  • Blantyre Riots Baton

    Blantyre Riots Baton

    This baton is believed to have been used by John Gray who was a grocer in Blantyre to defend himself and his shop during a riot February 1887.

  • Boer War Field Medical Equipment

    Boer War Field Medical Equipment

    This rather crude looking saw was used during the Second Boer War from 1899-1902 to amputate the arms of soldiers injured in action.

  • Bradford-Martin Bugle

    Bradford-Martin Bugle

    The earliest Riflemen used bugles rather than drums to communicate orders on the battlefield.

  • Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards

    Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards

    Today we can share photographs of ourselves easily, online or by email. In the early days of photography, however, photographs were one-offs and could not be easily reproduced.

  • Charles Dickens Royal Doulton Figurines

    Charles Dickens Royal Doulton Figurines

    The Charles Dickens Royal Doulton figurines were designed by one of their premier designers Leslie Harradine, and issued between 1923 and 1939.

  • Chatelaine

    Chatelaine

    A chatelaine is an accessory commonly used by ladies in the 1700s and 1800s. In the 1700s, however, chatelaines were more commonly known as ‘equipages.’

  • Christmas Cards - The Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)

    Christmas Cards - The Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)

    Sending Christmas greetings to family, friends and colleagues.

  • D S Robertson Shield

    D S Robertson Shield

    This impressive looking shield is known as the D.S. Robertson shield and was played for by the members of Rutherglen Public Bowling Green Club, now known as Overtoun Park Bowling Club.

  • Douglas Graham Moncrieff Wright

    Douglas Graham Moncrieff Wright

    A collection of three German epaulettes were sent home as souvenirs by Lt. Col. Douglas Graham Moncrieff Wright.

  • Dykehead Rows WW1 Roll of Honour

    Dykehead Rows WW1 Roll of Honour

    This roll of honour commemorates the men of Dykehead Rows who served in the First World War.

  • Early Spectacles

    Early Spectacles

    Spectacles or eyeglasses are thought to have been around since the 1200s.

  • F H Godfrey Boxing Trophy

    F H Godfrey Boxing Trophy

    This handsome trophy was made in England and was won by Corporal Godfrey in 1935. His family kept it until gifting it to the museum in 2008

  • Herbarium Plant Specimens

    Herbarium Plant Specimens

    A herbarium is a collection of plant specimens preserved for future research. Herbaria are used to identify and classify different plant specimens.

  • High Days and Holidays

    High Days and Holidays

    Reminders of early 19th century Bothwellhaugh Gospel Hall outings

  • Holiday Souvenirs

    Holiday Souvenirs

    This collection includes a selection of souvenir items from South Lanarkshire, dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

  • Hot Water Bottle, Caledonian Pottery

    Hot Water Bottle, Caledonian Pottery

    This hot water bottle is for the feet. It has a flat base so that it can stand upright easily, either in a bed or on the floor of a coach or train carriage.

  • Hugh McKirdy Artwork

    Hugh McKirdy Artwork

    Once upon a time, the Henderson family of Merseyside embarked upon a quest…

  • Inter-Company Football Cup

    Inter-Company Football Cup

    Inter-Company Football Cup - this silver cup was awarded as first prize for an Association football tournament that took place in France during the First World War.

  • Japanese Pottery

    Japanese Pottery

    These 3 items of Japanese pottery are from the Joseph Turner collection which forms part of the Burnbrae Bequest.

  • Jimmy Gibb Wood Carvings

    Jimmy Gibb Wood Carvings

    Jimmy Gibb lived at his childhood home at 52 Miller St, Hamilton until his death in 1980.

  • John McAlpine Bronze Miniature

    John McAlpine Bronze Miniature

    This bronze statue is a miniature of that which sits on top of the war memorial in Cambuslang Park.

  • Ladies' Companion Sets

    Ladies' Companion Sets

    For centuries people have mended and re-mended their clothing. The phrase ‘Make Do and Mend’ was popular during the Second World War.

  • Medals Collection

    Medals Collection

    As the 100th anniversary of the First Word War passed we wondered at the bravery of those who fought and died for our freedom.

  • Medical Equipment and Surgical Instruments

    Medical Equipment and Surgical Instruments

    A collection of medical equipmentwas donated to the museum in March of 2002, following the closure of St Mary’s Hospital, Lanark.

  • Military Badges and Insignia

    Military Badges and Insignia

    In 2015, the Museum Service was successful in acquiring funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to help digitise part of the military uniform collection.

  • Mourning Wear

    Mourning Wear

    These objects are examples of mourning items which would be worn following the death of a close relative.

  • Royal Doulton Doris Keane Figurine

    Royal Doulton Doris Keane Figurine

    This beautiful Royal Doulton figurine shows the American actress Doris Keane, in her role as Margherita Cavallini in the 1913 stage play, “Romance”.

  • Royal Jubilee Commemorative Items

    Royal Jubilee Commemorative Items

    When Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee she marked 60 years of her reign. Her record period as British Monarch is matched only by Queen Victoria.

  • Shoemaking

    Shoemaking

    Shoemaking was an important trade in the South Lanarkshire area in the 1700s and 1800s. Shoes and boots were handmade by craftsmen who were mostly self-employed.

  • South Lanarkshire Cooperatives Objects

    South Lanarkshire Cooperatives Objects

    South Lanarkshire Cooperatives Objects. 2012 is the United Nations (UN) International Year of Cooperatives.

  • Souvenir Glass, Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938

    Souvenir Glass, Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938

    Our collection incluses souvenirs of the Empire Exhibition which was held in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow in 1938.

  • Straight Razor

    Straight Razor

    Straight razor dating back to the early 1900s.

  • Table Top Cream Maker (1930s)

    Table Top Cream Maker (1930s)

    Table top cream maker 1930s, allowed owners to make their own fresh cream from butter and milk.

  • The Duke of Hamilton's Shotgun

    The Duke of Hamilton's Shotgun

    The Duke of Hamilton’s Shotgun

  • Thomas Grant "The Old Steeple"

    Thomas Grant "The Old Steeple"

    This oil painting shows the old steeple of St Mary the Virgin’s church in Rutherglen in winter. The steeple is thought to date to around the year 1400.

  • Toys and Games

    Toys and Games

    This wooden horse is part of a collection of toys and games. The collection was gifted to the museum by a local man.

  • WW1 Boots

    WW1 Boots

    Can you imagine what life would have been like for a soldier in the trenches?

  • WW1 Trench Periscope

    WW1 Trench Periscope

    The periscope worked using two mirrors at 45 degrees to each other to reflect a view down a barrel or tube to the user who was safely out of sight of snipers.

  • WW2 Special Service Commemorative Badge

    WW2 Special Service Commemorative Badge

    A commemorative badge awarded for special service during the Second World War. The badge was given to Janet Lang Johnston, from Hamilton.

  • WW2 Women's Volunteer Service

    WW2 Women's Volunteer Service

    ‘War had been declared. There was a call to action stations. Where was women’s place? We didn’t wonder long…’

  • Willow Pattern Ashet

    Willow Pattern Ashet

    Willow pattern Ashet (large plate).