Clyde Bridge, between Hamilton and Motherwell, under construction in 1928.
Clyde Bridge, between Hamilton and Motherwell, under construction in 1928.


The Clyde river system has presented many opportunities and challenges for humans, over both space and time, but this has never been recorded from a dynamic perspective. A range of places and remains have survived from past endeavours that tried to exploit, manage, control and change the River Clyde; from recent river crossings and water-powered mills to defended strongholds and prehistoric crannogs. This project aims to quantify and map the physical field evidence for those endeavours. It will aim to quantify the number and evidential information of historic environment places that are directly connected with the Clyde. It will do this by undertaking:

  • an analysis of the RCAHMS database to test the veracity of existing records in respect to: the accuracy of location (quoted NGR); the appropriateness of given Classification; the adequacy of any written description; and the usefulness of any collection material. Each record will be assessed with the intention of determining whether a field visit would be required to undertake desirable update or revision.
  • fieldwork to visit both banks of the Clyde from source to sea, to record previously unrecorded sites that have been identified either from historic maps or aerial photographs, and to record other sites found as a result of the fieldwork.
  • engagement with people along the course of the river, including but not exclusively, through working with local heritage societies during the fieldwork aspect of the project
  • engagement with a creative artist during field visits, as part of future partnership project development