PAST EVENT: Telling the Tale of Cumbernauld

Join us at this free exhibition on the social and architectural history of Cumbernauld.

Muirfield Centre, Brown Street, Cumbernauld, G67 1AA

On Saturday 24 September 2016, the University of Edinburgh’s Tower Block Project are hosting a free exhibition on the social and architectural history of Cumbernauld.

Memories Roadshow

Bring along old family photos taken in Cumbernauld or the surrounding area and share your memories of growing up in the town with Scotland's Urban Past (SUP).

We will digitise any photographs for you and your contributions will help to create a full record of Cumbernauld's local history in the National Record of the Historic Environment and the Tower Block Project's image archive.

All physical images are returned on the day after being scanned.

A black and white photograph of a path leading to two buildings. A small boy with a bike and two young adults in coats stand on the path, looking towards the camera.A 1970s shot of Abronhill in Cumbernauld.


The exhibition itself will look at Cumbernauld from it’s inception, as the result of mass overcrowding in Glasgow, and the vision of Cumbernauld as a New Town and a site of opportunity for residents and businesses alike.

Using photographs, advertising material, letters and plans from the 1950s through to the 1990s, visitors can explore the ways in which the town was envisioned and run by the Cumbernauld Development Corporation, as well as shaped and experienced by those who made the move there.

The exhibition will pay special attention to the work of Brian Miller, Cumbernauld’s town artist from 1962, and the public art which he created, much of which has now disappeared.

A photograph of a field with tower blocks in the distance.Cumbernauld tower blocks from a distance. Image reproduced with permission from the Tower Blocks Project.

Exploring Cumbernauld

Cumbernauld resident Jean O’Reilly will also be running free guided social history walks, which will leave from Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Centre throughout the day.