Unlocking the Story of Falkirk’s Historic Locks

Unlocking the Story of Falkirk’s Historic Locks

We have so many volunteers out and about helping to improve the environment along Scotland’s canals, but outdoor work isn’t the only way to help protect these important spaces. For the past six weeks Olive has been based in our offices at the Falkirk Wheel for a day a week, scouring books, websites and maps to find out more about the historic lock flight in Falkirk. Olive was referred to the Trust from Triage Central Ltd, an employability organisation which provides support, training, work preparation and job opportunities to help people progress back into work.

“I have really enjoyed my last few weeks here doing research and learning as well. I would recommend volunteering to everyone.”

Olive has been working hard to pull together maps, photographs and all the historical information she can about the flight of eleven locks at Camelon, which connected the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals for over 100 years from 1822 until they were filled in in the 1930s. The final document will become part of our Heritage Box, which was created by the canal college® team to document their work to excavate and record the locks. The Heritage Box is designed to be used with schools or other groups to tell the story of the locks and help bring the history and heritage of the canals to life with artefacts that can be touched and handled.


All the new information Olive has uncovered will also help us with our ongoing programme to maintain and interpret the locks site, helping walkers, joggers, cyclists and explorers to access, enjoy and understand the remains of the locks.

So, a big thank you to Olive – for all of her hard work unlocking the story of the historic lock flight!