Croy Historical Society was formed on 4th September 2000 by a group of villagers and former villagers with the aim of identifying, documenting, cataloguing and preserving all available material of local historical interest to Croy village and district. The Society is properly constituted and is registered as a Scottish Charity. The work is carried out using both traditional and electronic means.
The Society has (temporarily at the Antonine Sports Hub at Croy Station) the use of the Heritage Room in Croy Miners’ Welfare & Community Centre. Also to be seen are the many display showcases full of memorabilia from a wide selection of aspects of the heritage of Croy and surrounding areas. It has acquired equipment including office machines, computers, projectors, printers and scanners. Much has also been gathered in the way of old photographs, artefacts, folders of material and a constantly expanding reference library. Thanks to the receipt of a number of grants we now have equipment for conference and lecture presentations.
Twice monthly meetings with talks are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 13.00 till 15.00. Talks and lectures are delivered from time to time as advertised and our speakers will give talks to schools and other organisations on request. We have given talks on a selection of relevant subjects such as Croy Railway Station area and the Nethercroy area.
A guide to Irish genealogy research may be available and we are able to provide an illustrated example of a complicated family history. Online facilities for family history research are temporarily not available. The society does not undertake individual research commissions but some more experienced members will undertake such work on a private & personal basis.
Our two local newspapers, the Kilsyth Chronicle and the Cumbernauld News, are very supportive in regularly publishing articles, photographs of exhibitions, society activities, and details of meetings and workshops. Society members feel that our work is its own reward, for it has heightened community interest and awareness, helped bring people together, and involved a number of villagers in learning new skills, while helping to preserve our community’s heritage which would otherwise be lost.