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World War 1 medal
  • The next meeting will be on the 4th February when Gavin Forrest will present slide shows. Gavin is an excellent photographer and the quality of his work will be very evident.
  • A new Newsletter for December 2014 is available. Now also online the Bumper 10th Anniversary Newsletter, full of interesting articles.
  • There are now 27 newsletters available on this website which provide a valuable resource on the history of Coalburn and its people. To aid finding articles, a search facility has been added to this website (at top right of this page). This will search the website and all of the newsletters and provide links to articles.
  • A display of photographs and information commemorating the people of Coalburn who served in the First World War can be seen in the One Stop Shop until further notice. Artefacts from that period (Preview photos) can also be viewed in the Heritage Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 3 pm every week. There is no charge for admission.

Presentation to Luke Brown

John Zawadzki and his presentation

At the Heritage Society meeting on the 21st January 2015, Luke Brown (top photo) was presented with the Jim Hamilton Trophy for a local project in his final year at Coalburn Primary School. He is seen here with the Society President, Peter McLeish. The speaker was John Zawadzki (lower photo) who presented an informative and well-researched account of the Polish Forces in Clydesdale in the second World War using talk, photos and audio-visual presentations. He concluded with a fascinating account of the war history of his father, Felix Zawadzki. He escaped from Poland, eventually ending up fighting in Italy where he was wounded. He was brought initially to Scotland in the UK before being transferred to a hospital in North Wales from where he married and settled in the Wirral.


The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn was established in 2004.

Meetings are held normally on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays each month; from SEPTEMBER until APRIL, 7.30pm - 9pm, in Coalburn Bowling Club, next to the Coalburn Miners Welfare's One Stop Shop.

There is an invited guest speaker at each meeting and non-members are welcome to attend. (See Syllabus)

The Society runs the Heritage Centre in the One Stop Shop which contains an archive of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Coalburn's social history and mining heritage. The majority of these were collected by the late Jim Hamilton.

Coalburn's One Stop Shop

Coalburn Miners Welfare Institute circa 1930

Officials 2014/15

Chairman: Mr Peter McLeish

Vice-Chairman: Mr John Zawadzki

Secretary: Mrs Betty Bell

Treasurer: Miss Jean Savage

Archivist/Newsletter: Mr John Zawadzki


An informative 12-page newsletter, designed and produced to a high standard by our Heritage Worker and Vice-Chairman, John Zawadzki, is published quarterly and distributed FREE to members. (Non-members 2)

It also features a record of village events and articles of local interest submitted by members.

Cover of Winter 2014 Newsletter