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 and offline collection of stories, news, photographs and local history knowledge, this huge resource is the product of many years work, relentless effort and enthusiasm.
The Project is run part-time each evening and weekend by Paul Veverka, a full time construction manager who has previously assisted managing such large Scottish Construction Projects like the new Queensferry Crossing and the Millennium Canal links. It’s a job he enjoys very much. Blantyre Project is very much his hobby and has consumed almost all of his spare time since 2011.
Paul writes, “Having a young child and often working away has afforded me the time to write each evening when my daughter goes to bed, or if i’m working away, in hotels and B&Bs. I have a very patient and understanding wife who appears proud in what I have accomplished. I never let this hobby interfere with my full time job, but I do look forward to coming home and writing in evenings. There is literally only a handful of evenings when I have not written about Blantyre since when I started properly, back in 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 each evening, 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 was Chairperson of Blantyre Community Committee for 5 years before stepping down due to having to work away from Blantyre and he’s a member of various local community organisations including Friends of the Calder. He runs sister website Blantyre Telegraph which has raised a five figure sum in recent years for charitable Blantyre good causes.
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 7 successful Blantyre history books already published to 13 different countries, with several others in the pipeline coming out in the next year or two. His books directly assist the community and are non profit, by his decision. He often gives history presentations to organisations in Blantyre and is well known in the town.
As the years have progressed, the history blog has in recent years evolved into the largest collection of Blantyre history in any one place. It has grown into a huge archive, deemed by many, including South Lanarkshire Council and the National Library of Scotland as Blantyre’s Official History Archives. At painstaking efforts, it’s 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.
Paul, never one to be idle, is currently progressing plans to make this large archive more official, accessible and permanent for future generations, including those offline.
Enjoy. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Blantyre Project awaits……