North Lanarkshire's War - Then and Now

North Lanarkshire's War - Then and Now

Military Lives Then and Now

North Lanarkshire’s War is a two year long project exploring ordinary people and the extraordinary events they helped to shape during the First World War.

This project has included exhibitions, talks, events, film screenings and school workshops in venues across North Lanarkshire and has attracted thousands of people of all ages to participate.

Military Lives: Then and Now is one part of this wider project. We are looking for 40 participants and their families to take their portrait in the style of First World War photography and a modern version.

If you live in Lanarkshire and have a current or previous military connection, we would love to hear from you! To book one of our limited sessions with the photographer, please email our Project coordinator on or call 01236 638571.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be involved?

This project is open to any current member of the British Armed Forces, or anyone who is a veteran of the Armed Forces and has a connection to Lanarkshire. You can come alone or bring family members to have a photograph taken together. It’s up to you what you would prefer.

Sounds interesting, where are the sessions?

There will be sessions in multiple locations across North Lanarkshire. One of the sessions will

definitely be in the Photo media studio at Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge.

If you are a part of a Legion Scotland Branch or other similar group, veterans club, cadet force and have your own premises we would be happy to visit your space if there is a group of you would be willing to participate. We cannot offer the sessions in your home.

How long will it take?

Each participant has 45 minutes in the studio with the photographer. We have 40 people to get through so will be quite strict on the time limit. However there will be assistants on the day of the shoot to help with checking over your clothes. In total you would be needed for a maximum of 2 hours.

What do I wear?

We would like you to wear your uniform, a blazer and beret or smart clothes with your medal bar. There will be a limited selection of period costumes to wear for the period portrait, but you don’t have to get dressed up in period costume. It will be up to you what you are most comfortable with.

How do I book?

To book one of our limited sessions with the photographer, please email our Project coordinator

on or call 01236 638571.

What will you do with my photograph?

The photographs will be compiled into an online exhibition for the Culture NL website and also put together with all of the portraits for display in venues throughout North Lanarkshire. These will include our theatres and libraries. Exact details of this travelling exhibition are to be confirmed.

Do I get a copy?

Each participant will receive one 7 by 5 print of one First World War portrait and one of 7 by 5 print of the modern portrait. You will also receive their images as jpegs on a CD. This will be posted out after the studio days; you will not receive anything on the day of the shoot.

Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

Call our Project Co-Ordinator on 01236 638571 or email .