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World War 1 medal
  • The Society will again be holding a Photo Exhibition in the Leisure Centre on Coalburn Gala Day (4th July).
  • Photographs of Coalburn in 2015.
  • The latest Newsletter for March 2015 is now available here.
  • 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.

Speakers from the Clyde Valley Orchards Group

On the 15th April, Stuart Gallacher (L) and Duncan Arthur (R) from the Clyde Valley Orchard Group described the past, present and future of the orchards in the Clyde Valley. They are seen here with Peter McLeish (centre), President of the Society. Following the decline of the orchards over the last decades, the enthusiasm and commitment of this group to preserve and innovate to bring back fruit-growing to the Clyde Valley impressed the audience.


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 2015/16

Chairman: Peter McLeish

Vice-Chairman: John Zawadzki

Secretary: Geoff Brown

Treasurer: Gillian Farrell

Membership Secretary: Jean Savage

Archivist/Newsletter: 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 Spring 2015 Newsletter