Blantyre Project is a unique FREE massive archive for all things related to the former mining town of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Representing the largest Blantyre online collection of stories, news, photographs and local history knowledge, this huge resource is the product of many years work, effort and enthusiasm.
The Project is run part-time each evening and weekend by Paul Veverka, a full time construction manager, a job he enjoys very much. Blantyre Project is very much his hobby and has consumed almost all of his spare time since 2011.
Posts are automatically scheduled here in advance and currently scheduled for many more months to appear daily between 9am and 10am. Written and pre-queued in advance, the website publishes these posts automatically, even if Paul is on holiday, working, sleeping, ill (or worse!) ensuring fresh, new daily content for every reader around the world.
Paul is Chairperson of Blantyre Community Committee and a member of various local community organisations including Friends of the Calder. His passion for Blantyre and collecting memorabilia and historical data comes from his late mother, Janet Duncan Veverka (d2009) who was interested in the history of Blantyre. Paul has collected stories, news, postcards and photos about Blantyre since 1985, when he was just 14 years old! Now in his mid 40’s Paul is an accomplished local history author with 5 Blantyre history books already published to 13 different countries, with several others in the pipeline. He often gives history presentations to organisations in Blantyre and has an exhibition planned in the near future.
As the years have progressed here, the history blog has been sorted into chronological order and also filtered on each individual area in Blantyre, making the site more accessible to all. Handy search boxes allow you to search for any topic. The website has in recent years evolved into the largest collection of Blantyre history in any one place and has truly now become Blantyre’s History Archive, something Paul is progressing currently to make this more official and permanent for future generations.
Enjoy. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Blantyre Project awaits……