Leadhills Library Photographic Collection

Snapshots of a long and varied history.


This large and important part of our Archive Collection consists of photographs and postcards relating to aspects of life and work in and around Leadhills from c. 1860 to the present day.

A small selection of our photographic collection can be viewed here.

The entire collection of photographs will be available to view once digitisation is completed.

Leadhills Cooperative Society 1965

Leadhills Cooperative Society 1965.


15 Main Street,
South Lanarkshire
Scotland ML12 6XP

Opening Hours

Saturdays and Sundays
2pm to 5pm.
May to September.

Visits by appointment can be arranged throughout the year.

Leadhills Public School 1935

Leadhills Public School 1935.

Leadhills Railway Station c.1920

Leadhills Railway Station c.1920.

Glengonnar Mine, Wilson's Shaft c.1900s

Glengonnar Mine, Wilson’s Shaft c.1900s.

Leadhills Silver Band 1935

Leadhills Silver Band 1935.

lead smelt mill at leadhills C.1880

Lead smelt mill at Leadhills c.1880.

Station Road and Flexholm

Station Road and Flexholm 1955.

Leadhills Miners' Library is the World's first library for working people.

Alongside our collection of some 2500 books dating back to the 18th Century, the library contains many historical archives and photographs as well as a display of rare minerals connected to the local mining industry.

We also hold a 46 volume collection of mining journals and bargain books, recording contracts between the mine managers and miners from 1737-1854. It is the largest collection of its kind in Scotland and one of the largest in Britain.

Local Leadhills and Wanlockhead Links


Lead Mining Museum: https://www.leadminingmuseum.co.uk/

Leadhills Railway: https://www.leadhillsrailway.co.uk/

Ski Club: https://skiclub.lowtherhills.com/

Hopetoun Arms Hotel: https://www.hopetounarms.co.uk

Leadhills Scenery