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Excitement builds for Brick City at New Lanark

Brick City at New Lanark

See the world in LEGO® Bricks by visiting the iconic Brick City exhibition at New Lanark World Heritage Site from 28th June – 9th August 2017.

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world's favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 with tickets now available to book online at www.newlanark.org/brickcity

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “We are delighted to welcome the Brick City exhibition to New Lanark to share with the community. It’s a great opportunity for people to view these awesome structures, to join in the fun with our wide range of activities and build their own LEGO brick creations!”

Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO bricks and features models of famous landmarks such as St Pancras Station, the London 2012 Olympic Park and the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign!
While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to Warren Elsmore they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium. Warren Elsmore, author and artist in LEGO bricks said “Brick City features landmarks built of LEGO bricks from all over the world, including ten World Heritage Sites, but this will be the first real-life World Heritage Site it has visited - and hopefully not the last!”

Whilst Brick City is visiting a World Heritage Site for the first time at New Lanark, it’s easy to imagine that that the villagers of days gone by would have enjoyed a visit from this fascinating and educational exhibition. The mill village of New Lanark thrived under the enlightened management of Robert Owen who introduced a series of social and educational reforms designed to improve the quality of life for his workforce. These included phasing out the use of child labour and establishing progressive schools, including the world's first nursery school. Robert Owen also encouraged children to enjoy active play in the village’s natural surroundings and in 1816 opened the Institute for the Formation of Character which became the cultural heart of the village hosting a number of social activities including dances, sporting competitions and musical concerts.

2017 marks the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, making it the perfect time for visitors to enjoy a trip to New Lanark to see Brick City which includes a variety of historical icons like the Mona Lisa and landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Arc De Triomphe in Paris and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

For further information about Brick City and to book tickets visit www.newlanark.org/brickcity
 

 

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

A Great Roman Bake-Off,large scale projections of Viking imagery, a live archaeological dig of St Kilda in Minecraft and a colourful international weaving festival are just a few of the events lined up to make history in 2017.

With over one third of visitors drawn to Scotland for its history and culture, VisitScotland has hailed the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology as an exciting opportunity to relive Scotland’s fascinating past through a range of events and activities.
Launched today by Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop at Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, the year will inspire visitors to #facethepast, in new and innovative ways.

A total of nine events - supported by a £300,000 Signature Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Events Fund have been announced with more to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Highlights of the programme (which includes both brand new events and new programmes within existing events) include a spectacular sound and light projection event at New Lanark World Heritage Site to bring to life the mill as it was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution (Shining Lives).The Heart of Neolithic Orkney will “Glow in the ArchaeoDark” on World Heritage Day with interactive storytelling, music, food and glow-in-the-dark paint (Scotland in Six). And a unique event in the Outer Hebrides will celebrate the islands’ rich South Asian history with music and art collaboration, exhibitions and performances (Purvai).

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Event Programme*:

  • Edinburgh Georgian Shadows 23 Feb – 26 March 2017 Edinburgh
  • Scotland in Six 18 April 2017(World Heritage Day) Scotland-wide
  • Tradfest Edinburgh 26 Apr –7 May 2017 Edinburgh
  • Paisley’s International Festival of Weaving 1 & 2 July 2017 Paisley
  • Purvai August 2017 Stornoway
  • Follow the Vikings Roadshow & Festival 2& 3 September 20178& 9 September 2017 Shetland
  • Horsepower 9 September 2017 Falkirk
  • Mary Queen of Scots Festival September 2017 Kinross and Loch Leven
  • Shining Lives Autumn 2017 New Lanark World Heritage Site


With ancestral tourism worth £101 million to the economy, the Scottish Clan Event Fund is supporting nine more events throughout 2017 to the value of £37,800, including:

 

  • Clan Maclean International Gathering 2017 (20 - 25 June 2017)
  • Burnett Gathering (31 Jul - 5 Aug 2017)
  • Clan Hay ‘Tartan Ties’ (3 - 6 August)
  • Clan MacPherson Annual Gathering (4-7 August)
  • Stewart Highland Games (8 July)
  • Clan Carmichael International Gathering (21 - 26 August)
  • 2017 Elliot Gathering (24 - 27 August)
  • Clan MacThomas Gathering 2017 (25 - 29 August)
  • Clan Lamont Society Annual Gathering: ‘Hands Across the Seas’ (1 - 3 Sept 2017)


The year also provides the opportunity to promote and celebrate a much wider programme of events celebrating Scotland’s history, heritage and archaeology. Partner events within the year include Scot:Lands, which kicks off the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrations on 1 January with an adventurous journey across Edinburgh’s Old Town, closely followed by Celtic Connections (19 Jan – 5 Feb) -the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music.And at the end of January, the national bard will come into focus with Robert Burns events celebrating the poet’s rich history.


In April (1-16) Edinburgh International Science Festival will celebrate Scotland’s Themed Year with Moments in Time – a family friendly outdoor installation, situated on the Mound featuring a series of iconic Scottish police boxes that will ‘transport’ visitors back in time to pivotal moments in Scotland’s scientific history.


Over the summer season, visitors and residents alike can soak up Scottish historical culture with the Festival of Museums (May), a major Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (June – Nov) and in August, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will unite with the Scottish Diaspora to create a ‘Splash of Tartan’.


Scotland will be celebrating a number of significant anniversaries through the historical year including the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a world leading festival city (with early celebrations beginning at Edinburgh Hogmanay’s Midnight Moment), the 20th anniversary of Scottish Crannog Centre, 250th anniversary of Edinburgh New Town Plan, 30th anniversary of Beltane Fire Society and the 400th anniversary of the General Register of Sasines –the oldest public land register in the world.


Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said:
“We are so fortunate in Scotland to have the most fascinating and inspiring history and heritage on our doorsteps, bringing the spirit of Scotland alive. The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will highlight and showcase our history and heritage to the world and I am very pleased to have today announced nine of the events being supported by the £300,000 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Fund.”
“As well as our history of many well-known stories and famous, indeed some infamous, historical characters, next year will also give us an excellent opportunity to focus on Scotland’s world-renowned archaeology, enticing visitors and locals alike to visit not only our known iconic landmarks with their thousands of years of history, but also our many hidden gems.”


Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said:
“Scotland is the land where great legends were made throughout history, and so it is only apt that we should have such a unique line-up of events and activities for the 2017 Year of History Heritage and Archaeology.
“We know for a fact that visitors come to Scotland in their droves to experience its heritage whether that’s visiting a castle, exploring a battlefield or tracing ancestral roots.From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends – the year-long programme will spotlight some of our greatest assets and icons as well as our hidden gems. We look forward to delving into Scotland’s past with visitors and locals alike and coming face to face with history, heritage and archaeology across the country.”
As a main partner, the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting the year with a dedicated programme called Stories, Stones and Bones. The £1/2million fund will encourage people in communities across the country to uncover and celebrate their local history, customs and traditions.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment, will also be carrying out research work, increasing its programme of living history events across the country from Duff House to Edinburgh Castle, and training Scotland’s young people in the provision of traditional skills that will help protect Scotland’s historic buildings now and for the future.


Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“Our ambition next year is that everyone, young and old, will have the chance to discover something new about the rich tapestry that makes Scotland, Scotland. The door to fun, discovery and learning will be opened wide welcoming in locals and visitors alike. Whether its enjoying one of these incredible Signature celebrations, or getting involved in one of the many community-level projects, funded through the National Lottery, 2017 is up shaping up to be an exciting celebration of our shared identity and we are delighted to be a key part of that.”


Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, said:
“It’s great to come together today to launch a themed year that is so closely linked with the work of Historic Environment Scotland. It’s fantastic to have so many partners working collaboratively to help make sure our country’s history and heritage is understood, protected, valued and enjoyed. To celebrate the year, we’ll be running a range of activities, including a fantastic events programme with some brand new events, launching new research projects including one exploring Scotland’s prehistoric rock art, and asking people to think about what history they care about with our ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ campaign.”


The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 will begin on 1 January 2017 and end on 31 December 2017.For more information, please visit: www.visitscotland.com/hha2017

The launch hashtag is #facethepast and the hashtag for the year is #HHA2017

 

Rising Star in the Scottish tourism industry recognised by ASVA award

ASVA Rising Star
Gordon Morrison, VisitScotland (left) presents Melissa Reilly, New Lanark Trust (right) with the award for Rising Star 2016
 

We are delighted to announce that Melissa Reilly, our Marketing and PR Officer has been announced as the winner of the ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions) 2016 ‘Rising Star’ Award, which is open to people aged under 30 working in Scottish tourism.

The award was announced at ASVA’s Autumn Conference at The Crieff Hydro Hotel Hotel, Perthshire, and honours Melissa’s significant contribution to New Lanark and the wider Scottish tourism industry.

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University, Melissa (26) undertook placements at the Scottish Youth Theatre and Routes to Work South. She then took on the role of Social Media Executive at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games before securing her current position as Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark.

Melissa is responsible for the marketing of New Lanark’s attractions and yearly programme of events, exhibitions, talks, crafts and tours. For the next four 4 years, she will also promote the free public heritage activities linked to the Double Row Restoration Project, a £4 million project to renovate the 18th century Double Row Tenement Block at New Lanark.

She has run several extremely successful marketing campaigns linked to events and exhibitions, including the Great Tapestry of Scotland, Christmas 2015 and the ‘Back In Time Day’ 2016. For each campaign, Melissa carries out detailed analysis of the event and target audience, develops a mood board and then creates posters, flyers, banners, adverts, web and editorial content which combine New Lanark’s own brand identity with the style / guidelines of the event.

One of her key achievements has been the development of New Lanark’s website and social media channels, which has resulted in a significant increase in website users and Facebook/Twitter followers. In addition she has improved the quantity and quality of feedback received from visitors, which in turn is helping the Trust’s management team to develop the visitor offer.

Since starting at New Lanark, Melissa has also completed a wide programme of Continued Professional and Personal Development, much of it within her own time. In addition she is always keen to share her knowledge and has delivered Social Media Training for the Lanarkshire Heritage Forum and marketing seminars for several visiting groups. This summer, she also mentored a marketing intern from Strathclyde University.

Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark said: “In the short period she has worked at New Lanark, Melissa has become fully immersed in the work of the Trust, raising the general standard of our marketing material and helping to increase visitor numbers to the attraction.

“From the day she started she has produced first class work at every turn. Methodical, calm, resolute and with a keen eye for detail, she takes a strategic approach to her role and is constantly striving to introduce new initiatives which have the success of the business at their heart”.

Speaking about her win, Melissa said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I joined the team at New Lanark because it was an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a truly unique and iconic heritage attraction. I have always been enthusiastic about embracing new challenges and ideas, and enjoy sharing my skills and experience with others. I look forward to helping New Lanark go on to even greater business success in the coming years”.

In winning the award, Melissa beat off stiff competition from runners-up, Yaz Khan, Sales & Membership Manager, Glasgow Science Centre, and Jessica Rideout, PR Executive at The Real Mary King’s Close.

Commenting on the Rising Star Award, ASVA Chairman Douglas Walker said: “Once again, the entries for this award are testament to the fact that we have some very dedicated and talented people working in the visitor attractions sector. Melissa, Yaz and Jessica all demonstrate enormous levels of enthusiasm, dedication and commitment and are not only an inspiration to colleagues in their own organisations, but are excellent assets to Scotland’s tourism industry”.
 

 

Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

Christmas at New Lanark

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Events: ‘Christmas at the Mills’ and the festive ‘Pantomime’ New Lanark’s Christmas Carol.

The magical events will open on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November, and then run every weekend until Sunday 18th December, plus Wednesday 23rd December and Christmas Eve.
Families can enjoy ‘Christmas at the Mills’ which includes entrance to the New Lanark Visitor Centre, a visit to Santa’s Grotto and the Spirit of Christmas Ride which takes visitors on a magical journey into Christmas past and present with Holly, the virtual tour guide.

‘Christmas at the Mills’ tickets are £9.50 per person and £2 for Under 2s. Advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

Visitors who wish to add a bit more theatre to their day can purchase separate ‘Pantomime’ tickets which include entry to the fantastic pantomime ‘New Lanark’s Christmas Carol’, specially written and performed for New Lanark by Arkeen Theatre Company. Pantomime tickets are £5 per person and free for Under 2s. The pantomime is expected to be very popular so advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

No trip to New Lanark this Christmas would be complete without visiting the Mill Shop for their fantastic range of festive decorations, contemporary gifts, toys and treats! The Mill Café will also be serving up a range of hot drinks, tasty snacks and hot lunches.

Further information on prices, dates & ticket booking for New Lanark's Christmas Events is available at www.newlanark.org or by emailing trust@newlanark.org (Inbox monitored 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri).

 

Brick City coming to New Lanark summer 2017

Brick City coming to New Lanark summer 2017

See the world in LEGO® Bricks as the iconic Brick City exhibition comes to New Lanark World Heritage Site in the summer of 2017.

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world's favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “We are delighted to welcome the Brick City exhibition to New Lanark to share with the community. It’s a great opportunity for people to view these awesome structures, to join in the fun with our wide range of activities and build their own LEGO brick creations!”

Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO bricks and features models of famous landmarks such as St. Pancras Station, the London 2012 Olympic Park and the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign!

While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to Warren Elsmore they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium. Warren Elsmore, author and artist in LEGO bricks said “Brick City features landmarks built of LEGO bricks from all over the world, including ten World Heritage Sites, but this will be the first real-life World Heritage Site it has visited - and hopefully not the last!”

2017 marks the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology making it the perfect time for New Lanark to host Brick City which includes a variety of historical icons like the Mona Lisa and landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Arc De Triomphe in Paris and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

To coincide with the exhibition New Lanark will be planning a fun programme of activities – the details of which along with the exhibition dates, prices & other details will be available at the beginning of 2017.

Anyone wishing to be kept up to date with the latest details of Brick City at New Lanark should sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at www.newlanark.org/brickcity
 

 

Lorna Davidson passes on the baton to new Chief Executive

Lorna Davidson has retired as Director of New Lanark Trust after seven years at the helm and 33 years working for the organisation. She is succeeded by the new Chief Executive, Scott McCauley. Scott took up this post in early August after returning to the UK from a period of five years in Australia. He has a strong background in marketing, business management and the operation of heritage-related tourism attractions. Scott is no stranger to Scotland having previously worked for three years as Head of Visitor Services at Atholl Estates in Highland Perthshire. On starting his new role, Scott said: “It’s a wonderful honour to be leading the team at New Lanark World Heritage Site. This is a great opportunity to build on the superb work which has been carried out by Lorna, the New Lanark team and Trustees. I look forward to guiding this beautiful, historic village as it evolves in the future.”

Over three decades at New Lanark Lorna Davidson has contributed immensely to the work of the Trust. She became an authority on the legacies of David Dale and Robert Owen, lecturing all over the world on their works and on the more recent economic development of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2015 the Trust was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland to part fund the £4 million project to complete the restoration and interpretation of historic Millworkers’ housing. The first phase of conservation work is now well underway at Double Row, which will be brought back into residential use. Lorna leaves having set this project in motion and has overseen the work as it moves towards the completion of its first phase. There has been an enthusiastic response to the associated House History project from local people with family connections to New Lanark.

On retiring from her post, Lorna Davidson said: "It has been a huge privilege to have served as New Lanark Trust's second Director. There have been many highlights over the past 33 years, but the moment when New Lanark was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List was especially memorable. I am delighted that we have been able to develop New Lanark as a living, working community, remaining true to its heritage as a centre for enterprise, economic activity and employment, as well as welcoming visitors from all over the world. I'd like to pay tribute to the current generation of "millworkers" - our workforce of over 160 people - for their commitment, support and hard work over the years. New Lanark has been a huge part of my life, but, to use a topical Olympic analogy, it's time to pass on the baton. I wish Scott every success as he carries it on down the track!"

Willie Macleod, the Chairman of the Board of New Lanark Trustees paid tribute to Lorna and welcomed Scott’s appointment: “New Lanark Trust has been extremely fortunate to have been led by two inspirational Directors since its inception over 40 years ago. Lorna has built on the achievements of her predecessor, Dr Jim Arnold, through her commitment, leadership, insight and determination to continue the restoration of New Lanark. She has secured the place of New Lanark as one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage sites which attracts, educates and entertains visitors from near and far, making a significant contribution to the local economy in the process.

We are delighted to welcome Scott McCauley as our new Chief Executive. Scott was successful in being appointed to his post from among a strong field of applicants. He has a depth of experience in heritage-related visitor attraction management and development throughout the UK and Ireland and is well placed to lead New Lanark on the next stages of its development and conservation. With his wife and three children he has relocated to the UK to take up his post and live locally. We look forward to working with Scott and to building on the legacy not only of Robert Owen, but of those who had the foresight and forcefulness to save New Lanark and embark on its regeneration so many years ago.”
 

 

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Thursday 28 July - What story will you bring?

It’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day out as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to New Lanark World Heritage Site on Thursday 28 July.

The doors for Antiques Roadshow open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to Antiques Roadshow is free, everyone is welcome, and there is no need for tickets or pre-registration.

Many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale bargains for inspection by the experts.

Visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day, but if they have an item with a particularly unusual story attached, or perhaps an interesting collection, or large items of furniture, they can let us know in advance via the Share Your Story page on www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow Alternatively, email: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or call 0117 974 2395.

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce said: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along - we’d love to see you!”

In 2015 nearly 35,000 people attended Antiques Roadshow in the course of the year. Fascinating finds included a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000, a sketch believed to be by Picasso and bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale, and a precious toy panda that once flew with the Dambusters.

Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer, Simon Shaw said: "We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Antiques Roadshow in this fascinating 18th-Century mill village at the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site. The spectacular setting on the banks of the River Clyde will provide the perfect backdrop to our day's filming, and we hope among the treasures visitors bring will be many relating to the industrial and cultural past of the region. Even after 39 years of Antiques Roadshow, the magic formula of surprising some lucky guests with exciting news about their treasures is still a thrill for us, the visitors and the viewers.”

More information on planning your visit can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

 

Step back in time for 1820's family fun at New Lanark!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is hosting a free* ‘Back in Time Day’ on Sunday 17th July as part of the programme of activities linked to the Double Row Restoration Project.

Visitors will be able to ‘step back in time’ and experience what life would have been like for a millworker living and working in the mill village in the 1820’s.

A wide selection of free activities will be available, including period dancing classes, music, crafts, games, storytelling and the Clyde 1 ‘dress up’ Photo booth. Throughout the day visitors will be able to enjoy Living History displays and perhaps even meet Robert Owen himself!

There will also be a range of craft demonstrations, from basket weaving to traditional tile making and the food demonstration stall will be serving up samples of traditional millworker fayre including porridge and barley broth.

In a rare treat for the 1820’s villagers, a Falconry Display will be visiting on the day and ponies will be in the village accompanied by their owner who will be talking about the role of horses in the early 19th century.

This event is part of a Townscape Heritage / Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme which is taking place at New Lanark over the next four years. Phase 1 of this large-scale regeneration project is the restoration of Double Row, a Category A listed former millworkers’ tenement block, built in the 1790s. A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works including the ‘Back in Time Day’ on Sunday 17th July.

Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

The Back in Time Day is running from 11am – 4pm, entry is free* and no booking is required.

Further information on the Back in Time Day at New Lanark is available at www.newlanark.org

*A paid ticket is required for the New Lanark Visitor Centre exhibition areas.

 

New Lanark builds up for double exhibition this summer!

Scostyle

Building Scotland

From traditional building materials, to Scotland’s ‘100 best buildings’ New Lanark is hosting two of 2016’s most prominent architectural exhibitions, ‘Building Scotland’ and ‘Scotstyle’ over the summer period with free entry for both.

The two exhibitions will run simultaneously from 2nd June in the River Room within the Institute for the Formation of Character at New Lanark. This is a particularly apt location for the exhibitions to be viewed as the Institute, which is one of New Lanark’s most iconic buildings, is celebrating its Bicentenary in 2016 after being opened on 1 January 1816 by Robert Owen himself.

Building Scotland is a travelling exhibition which gives visitors the chance to gain a fascinating insight into the diverse materials that have been the building blocks of Scotland’s traditional villages, cities and their relevance today. New Lanark is hosting the exhibition in association with Historic Environment Scotland through its programme of activities linked to Visit Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Building Scotland will be open at New Lanark daily from 2 June – 12 August (closed on 1 August).

Scotstyle is a showcase of the one-hundred ‘best’ buildings from Scotland’s last one-hundred years, and is part of a touring exhibition, online and in print at venues across Scotland. Scotstyle is one of over 400 events taking place across Scotland in 2016 as part of the Festival of Architecture celebrations. Scotstyle will be open at New Lanark daily from 2 June – 31 July.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “We’re delighted that we are able to host both Building Scotland and Scotstyle exhibitions this summer. As one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites and with buildings over 200 years old - New Lanark really is the perfect host! We hope that visitors will enjoy learning about traditional building materials and some of the most iconic buildings across the country.”

To find out more about visiting the exhibitions at New Lanark please visit our Exhibitions page. 
 

Exhibition now open - New Lanark & the First World War

New Lanark & the First World War

A new exhibition is now open as part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre which highlights New Lanark’s significant contributions to the First World War, and the moving stories soldiers of the soldiers, families and villagers involved.

New Lanark’s role in the First World War was exceptional. The village had long been established as a living, working village with a strong community spirit and this became evermore poignant during the war years.

Mill production was given over to the national war effort, village groups continually raised funds and over one hundred men enlisted for war service from a small population of around 795. New Lanark truly contributed to King and country in all respects.

New Lanark & the First World War explores the personal experiences of the men connected to the village who fought: both those who were killed and those who survived, the women who worked in them mills producing textiles for the war effort and the village groups who raised funds for the war.

The exhibition has been curated and installed by Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer and Ruth Beattie, New Lanark’s Learning Officer who has a special interest in the First World War.

Ruth Beattie, Learning Officer said “As a military historian, my main interest is with the First World War and in particular with the stories of the soldiers and their families. In researching the New Lanark soldiers and their families I have been able to bring their stories to light once more, those who were killed and those who survived and returned to New Lanark. Through living relatives, letters, newspapers, official records, photographs and recollections we now have a very detailed picture of life in the village and of the New Lanark men who fought in the Great War.”

Evelyn Whitelaw, Events & Exhibitions Officer said “We’ve approached the exhibition from a very personal angle, letting the archival materials and family histories tell the stories of the New Lanark soldiers and the experiences of the village families supporting the war effort from home. I hope visitors find a real sense of empathy for the impact of the First World War on that individual level.”

The exhibition is dedicated to the soldiers of New Lanark and their families. 141 men from or connected to the village served in the Great War. 29 of them gave their lives.

New Lanark Trust would like to thank the families of the soldiers who have kindly donated photographs for the exhibition as well as Lanark Library for loan materials and help with research.

Entry to New Lanark & the First World War is included in a New Lanark Visitor Centre Passport Ticket. The exhibition is being shown in the Saving New Lanark Room within the School for Children at New Lanark. Further information on the exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Centre is available here.
 

 

Enjoy Spring Shopping at New Lanark's Food & Gift Fair!

New Lanark Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016

On Monday 2nd May New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair will highlight the best of local goods with a variety of stalls showcasing tasty food, drinks, crafts and gifts from across the country.

This is a fun day out for the whole family to make the most of the Early May Bank Holiday, getting a taste of Scotland as well as picking up some beautiful gifts.

The Fair is being held in the forecourt and inside the Institute for the Formation of Character which celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016. Entry is free and the fair is open from 10am – 4pm.

Visitors will be able to choose from a range of Food Stalls selling tasty food such as burgers, cheese, pickles, condiments & a hog roast. This can all be washed down with a range of Drink Stalls selling everything from artisan coffee from Glasgow to locally made cider & beer.
For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a range of Confectionary Stalls selling candy floss, fudge, tablet and lots of other sweet treats. There will even be a special Pop-Up New Lanark Ice Cream Parlour in the Institute’s River Room for children to make their own Ice Cream Sundaes.

At the Fair there will be a fantastic range of Craft Stalls from artisan makers selling glassware, handmade jewellery, cards, paper goods and woodwork. These will be accompanied a selection of Knitwear & Textiles Stalls, including New Lanark Wool & Textiles which is produced on-site using historic textile machinery.

There will also be plenty of Gift Stalls, giving visitors the chance to treat themselves or pick up a present for a loved one with Prints & Photos, Health & Beauty Products and Children’s Clothing.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “Our Food and Gift Fairs are always very popular. We hope that lots of people make it down the Fair to try some delicious local produce or pick up some beautiful handmade crafts. We have welcomed a diverse selection of brand new stalls this year, including a Hog Roast which we’re sure the visitors will love!”

The New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill Shop and Mill Café will all be open on Monday 2nd May. There are also a number of areas on-site to sit & enjoy the tasty food you pick up at the fair, including Clearburn Picnic & Play Area which was recently awarded ‘Best Heritage Picnic Spot UK’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards.

Find out more about the Spring Food & Gift Fair.
 

21.03.16 - New Lanark House History Project needs you!

Double Row c.1903

New Lanark Trust has launched a ‘House History’ project to discover more about the lives of the people who used to live and work in the historic village.

New Lanark Trust is placing a call out for people with family connections to anyone who used to live and/or work at New Lanark, specifically with a focus on anyone who used to live in the Double Row or Water Row tenement blocks.

The information gathered will be used to form a permanent record of the families who used to live in, or were connected to New Lanark. These details will be collated into a cohesive family portfolio within New Lanark’s Search Room Archive and will also be available to the public as a publication.

The research from the ‘House History’ project will also form the historical basis for the interpretation activities linked to New Lanark’s Double Row Restoration Project. This is a major Townscape Heritage / CARS Project at New Lanark to restore Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. Building works started on Double Row in late February 2016, and are expected to continue until the end of the year. The £4m project is being funded by a number of organisations, with the two main funders being the Heritage Lottery Fund (through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme) and Historic Environment Scotland (through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Ruth Beattie, Lead Researcher says “The ‘House History’ project is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about New Lanark’s people in the early 20th century and bring to light family stories and memories. We look forward to hearing from past residents or their relatives, and would encourage anyone with a story to share to contact us using the details below.”

Anyone with information, photographs or artefacts they would like to share should contact Ruth Beattie at New Lanark Trust on:

• Email: Ruth.beattie@newlanark.org
• Call: 01555 661345
• Post: ‘House History Project’, New Lanark trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB.

Further information on the House History Project and New Lanark can be found at www.newlanark.org


 

14.03.16 - Have a cracking Easter at New Lanark!

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at New Lanark

From fun craft workshops to meeting the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site this Easter.

On Easter Sunday and Monday (27th & 28th March) families can head to New Lanark for the site’s annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza. These two days are jam packed with Easter entertainment including a Bouncy Castle, Easter Bunny Parade, Mini Petting Zoo, Magician, Sing-along storytelling, crafts and much more. Tickets are £5 for children 3-15, £2 for 2 & under and free for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newlanark.org and cash-only ticket sales will be available at the event reception desk.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “Our Easter Egg-Stravaganza is set to be our biggest family Easter event yet at New Lanark! We have lots of fun games & activities on offer to help families celebrate this special time of year”

Running throughout the Easter Holidays (2nd – 17th April) New Lanark will be offering guided tours where visitors will be able to explore New Lanark and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. Tours will leave at 2pm from the New Lanark Visitor Centre reception and cost an additional £2 with a Visitor Centre ticket.

For budding artists or children who love to get crafty New Lanark is also hosting a series of Easter Craft workshops on dates within the South Lanarkshire Easter Holidays (5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th April). The workshops include tuition and materials for the price of £3 per child, or £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer “Children always have a wonderful time at our craft workshops, and come away very proud of what they’ve made! The workshops are usually very busy so if your children would like to come along please call us on 01555 661345 to book their places”

As well as the programme of Easter activities, New Lanark has a range of shopping and eating facilities to make it the perfect day out, including the Mill Café, Mill Shop and New Lanark Mill Hotel.

For further information on Easter activities at New Lanark & to book tickets please visit www.newlanark.org
 

07.03.16 - Double Row Restoration Project launches at New Lanark

Double Row c.1903

Building works have begun at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. To coincide with the works beginning, bookings are now open for a range of free heritage-based community activities linked to the project.

Since its formation in 1974, New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

The ‘Museum Stair’, a tenement within Double Row, was in continuous occupation from the 1790s – 1970s and is designated a Scheduled Monument, due to the remarkable survival of original artefacts and materials such as fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, remnants of wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor, deteriorating condition and requires urgent conservation work. Due to the building’s fragile interior, access is currently restricted but this project will provide remote access and interpretation through the creation of a 3D Virtual Tour, which will offer a ground-breaking new visitor experience.

Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

A range of free heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel with the construction works. For the first half of 2016, these include:

• Project Discovery Day – Hard Hat Tour – 14 April (limited places, booking essential via newlanark.org)
• Traditional Building Skills Workshops – 18 May (limited places, booking essential via newlanark.org)
• Project Discovery Day – Hard hat Tour – 16 & 23 June (limited places, booking essential via newlanark.org)
• Traditional Building Skills Workshops – 7 July (limited places, booking essential via newlanark.org)
• Back in Time Experience – 17 July (Free entry, step back in time for 1820’s family fun)


There are also a number of volunteering opportunities available, from undertaking historical research to assisting with project events. For more information please contact THproject@newlanark.org.

Miranda Lorraine, New Lanark’s Townscape Heritage Project Officer said “After years of planning we are delighted that works have begun to restore the Double Row tenement block to its former glory. We’d love the residents of New Lanark and the local community to get involved with the project, from taking part in the Traditional Building Skills Workshops to donning a hard hat and joining us for a guided tour of the site – there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy”


 

02.03.16 - Winning Week for New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark Winning Week

‘Awards Season’ is well under way with the Oscars and The BRIT Awards taking place over the last week, and New Lanark also has reason to celebrate with a host of awards under its belt so far in 2016.

The ‘winning streak’ began with New Lanark Ice Cream picking up four fantastic awards at The Ice Cream Alliance (UK & Ireland) Awards 2016 in Harrogate. As well a Bronze Medal in the ‘Open Flavour’ category for Simply Vanilla, New Lanark also received Diplomas of Merit for their Mascarpone & Strawberry and a Diploma for Puff Candy. New Lanark’s Simply Vanilla had previously been awarded the top accolade of ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ at the Royal Highland Show 2015.

New Lanark World Heritage Site has also once again been included in the 'Top 20 Visitor Attractions in Scotland' list by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) 2015. Findings from ASVA's report confirms that over 27 million visits were made to the Top 20 sites in Scotland in 2015, a rise of 3.4% over 2014 figures. The increase comes on top of a 6% rise in 2014, suggesting that visitor attractions in Scotland are currently enjoying a period of sustained growth.

New Lanark was successful at the prestigious Hudsons Heritage Awards which took place at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 1 March 2016. Clearburn Picnic and Play Area at New Lanark was the winner of the ‘Best Picnic Spot within a Heritage Location in the UK’ category, which is the only public-nominated category within the annual awards. Clearburn was re-opened in September 2014 after a development project of the area to include a new picnic area, adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome and secret tree house. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Local school children played a key role in the development of the play area with their ideas and drawings being incorporated into the final design. All of the school children who were involved with the project have had their names carved into a bench so that their contributions will be recognised for years to come.

Lorna Davidson, Director of New Lanark Trust said “We’re delighted to see our diverse range of activities being recognised on a national platform. It’s a huge honour to receive our first Hudsons Heritage Award for Clearburn which is a fantastic resource for the local community and visitors alike. We’re also very proud that our new enterprise, New Lanark Ice Cream is continuing to receive high profile industry awards recognising the hard work that goes into making the artisan product. ”

 

17.01.16 - New Lanark to host Keeping Glasgow in Stitches banners

Keeping Glasgow in Stitches banners

In a blast from the past, New Lanark World Heritage Site will be playing host to the Keeping Glasgow in Stitches banners which were created in 1990 as part of Glasgow’s European City of Culture celebrations. The exhibition will be open from Thursday 18th February – Thursday 31st March 2016, with free entry throughout.

Keeping Glasgow in Stitches was a major community arts projects organised by the community sewing project "Needleworks" and Glasgow Museums. The project was commissioned for 1990, when Glasgow was European City of Culture. The idea was to create twelve banners, one for each month of the year and the designs were to celebrate various aspects of the people, culture and life of Glasgow.

Each of the banners measure 14 feet by 4.5 feet, and as such will be displayed within New Lanark’s spectacular Gallery Room within the Institute for the Formation of Character building, which celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016.

Malcolm Lochhead was responsible for the creation of a concept design that carried through each banner and also included an "inner image" designed by other artists and craftspeople.

Over six hundred people of all ages and technical abilities were involved in creating the banners which include every conceivable technique involving thread and fabric. Each banner was made month by month in the great hall of Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery. When placed together the banners spell out GLASGOW - 1990. The River Clyde flows through the banners and changes character with the different months and happenings associated with it.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “The River Clyde flows through the twelve banners, making New Lanark the perfect place to exhibit them as we have the famous River Clyde on our doorstep. The banners really are a celebration of what makes Glasgow such an amazing place – the themes so relevant and recognizable to anyone who loves Glasgow. We hope that lots of people who were connected to, or involved in creating the banners will come along to see them 26 years on!”

Further information on the Keeping Glasgow in Stitches exhibition at New Lanark is available here. 
 

07.01.16 - New Lanark to host the BBC Antiques Roadshow!

Antiques Roadshow

New Lanark World Heritage Site has been chosen as the Scottish host of the BBC Antiques Roadshow on Thursday 28th July 2016.

The Antiques Roadshow’s much- loved team of over 30 experts, including many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale finds to New Lanark. It is a great, free day out and no pre-registration, tickets or appointments are required.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer said “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the BBC Antiques Roadshow this summer. The village of New Lanark is over 200 years old, so our site is the perfect place for visitors to bring along their antiques, treasures and family heirlooms! We’re the only venue hosting the Antiques Roadshow in Scotland this year, so we hope that lots of visitors from across the country will come along to enjoy a fascinating day out at our wonderful, historic site”.

Fiona Bruce, presenter of Antiques Roadshow, said: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along – we’d love to see you!”

Simon Shaw, Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer, said: “The filming venues for 2016 are some of our most beautiful and historic yet. We will be covering the country, visiting spectacular locations, unearthing treasures and welcoming thousands of visitors for a great, free day out. Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out.”

More information on attending and what to do if you require help with large or heavy items is available at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow. If you have a large or heavy or particularly unusual or interesting item you would like to bring along, the Antiques Roadshow team would love to hear from you, please email:antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.

2016 will mark the 39th year of production for Antiques Roadshow which remains one of the BBC’s most watched factual titles with an average of six million viewers watching the current series each Sunday.

There's more information on planning your visit to Antiques Roadshow at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow and further information on New Lanark is available at www.newlanark.org
 

27.11.15 - New Lanark launches the world's first Organic Tartan!

Ahead of St. Andrew’s Day, the textiles team at New Lanark World Heritage Site have honoured their Scottish connections by launching the world’s first Organic Tartan certified by the Soil Association.

New Lanark Organic TartanOn Friday 27th November the Organic Tartan was unveiled at a launch event at the New Lanark Mill Shop, where the tartan will be exclusively sold through a collection of throws, bags, purses & cushions. 

The creation of the Organic Tartan has been overseen by Textiles and Project Manager, Alan Barrowclough. Alan said “The creation of the tartan has been entirely organic from sheep to finished product and I’m absolutely delighted with the results. I’ve had fantastic support from the Soil Association and the team at New Lanark in making the project a success. The colours of the tartan were inspired by the unique landscape which surrounds New Lanark, the blues & purples of the River Clyde and the bright greens & yellow of the foliage around the village. It’s certainly very unusual and I think it’s the nicest tartan I’ve seen – although I may be biased!”

The Organic Tartan has been made in the UK using 100% organic wool from HRH The Prince of Wales’s flock at Duchy Home Farm near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The fleece was then scoured at Hawarth Scouring before being sent to New Lanark Mills to be blended, carded and spun into top quality yarn using traditional methods on historic machinery. The yarn was then dyed at Paint Box Textiles, Bradford. The tartan was designed and woven by Lochcarron of Scotland, and finally the tartan was finished by Schofield of Galashiels. The Organic Tartan was officially registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in September 2015.

The Soil Association inspect and certify every stage to maintain GOTS high standards throughout all the processes. Alison Muirhead, the Business Development Manager at The Soil Association said “We were delighted to certify every stage of the tartan-making process from the sheep right through to the milling at New Lanark. It was a wonderfully collaborative process which has resulted in a unique and truly traceable product.”

New Lanark was founded in 1785 as a cotton spinning mill village by David Dale and Richard Arkwright. The mills now use the historic textile machinery to produce over 60 shades of hand knitting wool in Chunky, Double Knitting and Aran qualities as well as an Ecru Organic Aran Wool.

Further information on New Lanark World Heritage Site and their textile production can be found online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk or by visiting the site in central Scotland which is open all year round.
 

06.11.15 - Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience.

New Lanark Christmas Experience

The magical event will open on Saturday 28th November, and then run every weekend until Sunday 20th December, plus Wednesday 23rd December and Christmas Eve. 

The World Heritage Site will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with lots of fun activities to enjoy on a family Christmas day out, right on Lanark’s doorstep!

The famous ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ Ride will be transformed into the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Ride. This takes visitors on a magical journey into Christmas past and present with Holly, the virtual tour guide.

Children will then be able to visit Santa’s Grotto and let him know what’s on their Christmas list, before visiting the ‘Activity, Craft & Photo Zone’ to enjoy some Christmas crafts & take selfies with the festive characters.

The Christmas Experience tickets are fantastic value at just £9.50pp and £35 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) with under 2’s going free.

Families who wish to add a bit more theatre to their day can purchase Pantomime Package tickets which include the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Santa’s Grotto and the fantastic pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers, specially written and performed for New Lanark by Arkeen Theatre Company. Pantomime Package tickets are just £11.50pp and £43 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). The pantomime is expected to be very popular so advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

No trip to New Lanark this Christmas would be complete without visiting the Mill Shop for their fantastic range of festive decorations, contemporary gifts, kids toys and treats! The Mill Café will also be serving up a range of hot drinks, tasty snacks and hot lunches.

Further information on prices, dates & ticket booking for the New Lanark Christmas Experience is available at www.newlanark.org or by calling 01555 661345. (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
 

28.10.15 - New Lanark Mill Shop prepares for cracking Christmas event!

On Thursday 19th November the Mill Shop at New Lanark World Heritage Site will be hosting its annual BIG Christmas Event with a range of fantastic offers available.

New Lanark Mill Shop - Christmas Event

Running from 12-8pm, the Mill Shop will be hosting a day of Christmas shopping fun with 15% off its beautiful range of Christmas decorations, gifts, textiles and homeware. For one day only visitors will also be able to get 10% off Bonmarché’s range of Ladies Fashions and 15% off Brooks Menswear, a local retailer who also have a concession within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

There will be lots of tasty treats on offer including festive fizz and tasty canapés served up by the New Lanark Mill Hotel. For those with a sweet tooth New Lanark Ice Cream will also be making an appearance with their festive themed ‘Snow Cones’!

Joining the New Lanark Mill Shop will be representatives from Shearer Candles who will be demonstrating their stunning range of candles, and Scottish Fine Soaps who will be providing guests with free samples & testers of their bath & beauty collections.

If carrying all those shopping bags is too tiring, then New Lanark Health and Fitness will be ‘on hand’ to offer complimentary hand massages! Just one of the many treatments they offer at their three new beauty rooms within the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s Leisure Suite.

Also appearing at the BIG Christmas Event will be author C A Hope who is launching her third book in the trilogy of historical novels set in New Lanark, entitled ‘In Search of Utopia’. C A Hope will be appearing from 3-8pm for book sales & signings.

If all of that’s not enough, New Lanark volunteer Pamela Hoskins will be running a free Crochet Masterclass in the Mill Shop from 1pm using New Lanark wool!

The Mill Shop is located through the New Lanark Mill Café, which is accessed by ramp and therefore suitable for wheelchairs.

Further information on the Mill Shop’s BIG Christmas Event can be found at www.newlanark.org or by calling the Mill Shop directly on 01555 667240.

 

19.10.15 - Free talk at New Lanark on Historic New Harmony & Jane Blaffer Owen

Robert Owen is known for being one of New Lanark’s most enlightened mill managers, but perhaps one of the lesser known facts about Owen is that in 1825, frustrated by constant opposition to his new ideas, Robert Owen sold the Mills at New Lanark and decided to buy the settlement of Harmony in Indiana, which he renamed New Harmony.

In the less conservative climate of the New World, Owen planned to create a Utopian Community or Village of Unity and Mutual Co-operation. Owen was partnered by William Maclure, a Scottish Geologist and social experimenter who shared his belief in rational and scientific education.
Just 2 years later, in the spring of 1827 the Owen / Maclure New Harmony was abandoned after a series of disagreements within the community organisation. Despite the failure of Owen’s utopian dream, New Harmony did not disintegrate completely. Some of its most brilliant settlers remained and made significant contributions to American scientific and educational theory, study and practice.

Over the years the relationship between New Lanark and New Harmony has continued to grow, with many visits ‘across the pond’ being made by residents and representatives from both communities.

On Friday 30th October, Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony will be giving a free talk at New Lanark related to New Harmony and Jane Blaffer Owen CBE, the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen – Robert Owen’s great-great grandson.

“In 1941, Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great grandson of Robert Owen, brought his bride, Jane Blaffer Owen, to his ancestral hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, where two communal societies took root in the early 1800s: the religious Harmonie Society from Germany, who relocated and sold their entire town to Robert Owen, who together with a like-minded Scotsman and scientist William Maclure, began an educational and scientific model community based on mutual cooperation. New Harmony’s historic significance, however, had faded by the time of her arrival in the 1940s.”


Jane Blaffer Owen dedicated herself not only to the preservation and revitalization of the historic buildings but also to bringing some of the finest intellects of her time to the town. Jane Blaffer Owen recounts her activities in the posthumously published memoir New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake (published by Indiana University Press, 2015) and edited by Nancy Mangum McCaslin, who also serves on the Advisory Board of Historic New Harmony.

Nancy will give a presentation on Robert Owen & his family in New Harmony, followed by a brief documentary showing an interview with Jane Blaffer Owen, entitled Conversations in New Harmony. The free talk will take place on Friday 30th October 2015 at 2.30pm within the New Lanark River Room. Afterwards, copies of New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake will be available for sale and signings.

No booking is required for the talk. For further information please call New Lanark Trust on 01555 661345.
 

14.10.15 - New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

On Saturday 31st October, New Lanark will be hosting a full day of Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy.

During the day children will be able to enjoy Halloween themed crafts & games within the “old gift shop”, which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. There will also be a Storyteller with plenty of Halloween tales, and a photo competition for the best costume! Entrance is £3 per child, or £1.50 with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket with the main activities running from 12-5pm.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Officer said “We run craft workshops for kids throughout the year, so we’re really excited to be planning some crafts especially for Halloween. Kids will be able to make and take home their own pumpkin, skull & ghost masks as well as taking part in fun games like Broomstick races and ‘pin the hat on the witch’”

Once the sun has set, New Lanark will be hosting a series of Spooky Tours of the village to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The ghost of one of New Lanark’s Millworkers, Mary, will be coming back especially for Halloween to lead the tours around the village visiting the School for Children, textile machinery floor and Robert Owen’s House. Mary will tell stories of people she used to know at New Lanark, local superstitions and some of the history of the village.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events Officer said “New Lanark was formed over 200 years ago and thousands of people have worked and lived here over the years, so who knows who you may meet on one of the Spooky Tours!”

The tours will be leaving at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, and 7.15pm and will last around 45 minutes. There are limited places available so booking is essential for the tours at a cost of £5 per person. To book a place visit www.newlanark.org or call 01555 661345. (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Further information on New Lanark’s Halloween events can be found on our website.

New Lanark Halloween Spooky Tours
 

 

22.09.15 - Countdown is on for the first New Lanark Book Festival!

The countdown is on for book lovers across Scotland as New Lanark World Heritage Site prepares to host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015!

World renowned for its stunning location and historical importance, New Lanark will be welcoming over 20 well-known authors to speak at the 4-day event including Christopher Brookmyre, Alistair Moffat and James Robertson.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the Book Festival sessions within one of the famous world heritage site’s most iconic buildings, the Institute for the Formation of Character, which will be celebrating its bicentenary in 2016.

From Scottish History and Whisky to Textiles and Storytelling for kids, there will be a session at the Book Festival to suit all literary tastes.

The Book Festival will run on Thursday & Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of reasonably priced ticket options available including a ‘4-day pass’ and individual author session tickets starting at just £4 for concessions.

Visitors who attend New Lanark’s Book Festival can also receive 25% off Visitor Centre tickets, giving them the perfect chance to make the most of their visit & learn about the history of New Lanark with the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Historic Housing exhibits, Clearburn Picnic & Play Area & lots more.

The full programme for the Book Festival, along with ticket details can be found on our website. Subject to availability, tickets will also be available to purchase ‘on the door’ of the event.

Visitors wishing to attend the Book Festival can get 30% off tickets by booking in advance via our ticket website and using the special code ‘bookfest’ at the ticket ordering page by Wednesday 30th September.

New Lanark Book Festival 2015
 

19.08.15 - New Lanark welcomes visitors for 'Doors Open' Weekend 2015!

On Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September New Lanark will take part in the nationwide Doors Open Days initiative, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to explore its buildings not usually open to the public.

Between 12pm and 4pm the Counting House, Robert Owen’s School for Children, The Search Room and War Memorial Garden will be open to the public for free. Also open will be the 'Museum Stair' tenement. This derelict building is one of 8 in Double Row, a block of tenements which will be restored as part of a £4million project funded by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Due to the building’s historic & fragile interior it is currently only open for special events. As part of the project an exciting new 3D virtual tour of the ‘Museum Stair’ interior will be opening within the New Lanark Visitor Centre in future years.

“We’re delighted to be taking part in the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days initiative again this year” says Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer. “It’s a great opportunity for visitors to explore historic parts of New Lanark they may never have seen before!”

During the Doors Open Weekend there will also be lots of free activities for families to enjoy as part of the Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Craft workshops will be held allowing visitors to try their hand at printing historic wallpaper, and families will be able to discover historic artefacts around New Lanark & claim a prize with the fun Discovery Trail.

There’s so much going on for Doors Open Weekend that New Lanark’s founders, Richard Arkwright and David Dale, will be travelling forward in time to see how New Lanark has changed since they founded it in 1785. They will also be giving free tours of the site to visitors and there are sure to be hilarious results!

Visitors on Doors Open Weekend can also take advantage of a special offer of 25% off visitor centre tickets, allowing them to explore other parts of the site including the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Millworkers’ Housing, Village Store Exhibition and Robert Owen’s House.

Further information on Doors Open Days at New Lanark, and New Lanark’s upcoming events including the 2015 Book Festival in October can be found at www.newlanark.org

Doors Open Weekend at New Lanark
 

11.08.15 - Programme announced for New Lanark's first ever Book Festival!

The historic setting of New Lanark will host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015, with a host of well-known Scottish authors, such as Alistair Moffat, speaking at the 4-day event.

There will be a rich programme of sessions on offer designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of literary tastes, the themes of which all have a link to New Lanark in some way. From Scottish Fiction and History, to Whisky, Food and Drink – there will be a session for everyone to enjoy!

“With its fascinating history and colourful characters, New Lanark has often appeared in books and even had its own Reading Room 200 years ago. This year we are celebrating this link to literature by holding our first ever Book Festival!” says Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager.

The sessions will run on Thursday & Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of reasonably priced ticket options available including a ‘4-day pass’ and individual author session tickets.

The Book Festival begins with a thrilling evening session on Thursday 1st from Jonathan Whitelaw, author of Morbid Relations, and Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

Friday evening sees writer and poet Mandy Haggith discuss her nature novels The Last Bear & Bear Witness, before renowned broadcaster Billy Kay steps behind the podium to speak about his writing including The Scottish World – a book which celebrates the enormous contribution the Scots have made to the modern world.

The Book Festival activity ramps up on Saturday 3rd October with a full day of sessions from 10am-7pm across New Lanark. Throughout the day a number of interesting themes will be covered including New Lanark & Textiles, Scottish Food & Drink, Exploring Scotland and Scottish Fiction. The 11 speakers on Saturday include Janet Renouf-Miller, C A Hope, David McLaren, Catherine Brown, Charles MacLean, Ian Crofton, David Spaven, Daniel MacCannell, Kerry Hudson, Peter Ranscombe and headliner James Robertson.

New Lanark’s Book Festival concludes on Sunday 4th October with 8 authors speaking throughout the day. Sunday is the perfect day for young families and children to attend with interactive Storytelling with Gerry Durkin and sessions with children’s authors Chae Strathie and Keith Gray.

The headliner of Sunday night is Alistair Moffat, an award winning Writer, Historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. Together with author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Andrew Crummy, Alistair Moffat was part of the team whose idea developed into the famous The Great Tapestry of Scotland which was exhibited at New Lanark in 2014. Other speakers on Sunday include Roger Hutchinson, Ed Hollis, Ken Cockburn and Peter Ross.

Visitors who attend New Lanark’s Book Festival can also receive 25% off Visitor Centre tickets, giving them the perfect chance to make the most of their visit & learn about the history of New Lanark with the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Historic Housing exhibits, Clearburn Picnic & Play Area & lots more.

Early Bird tickets for the New Lanark Book Festival are currently on sale! The full programme for the Book Festival, along with ticket details can be found at www.newlanark.org

New Lanark Book Festival
 

23.07.15 - Stage is set for Shakespeare in the Garden at New Lanark!

On Saturday 15th August, The HandleBards will perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the beautiful gardens of New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Beautifully British and bonkers – for the last two years, the HandleBards, a four-strong, all-male troupe of cycling players, have pedalled the length and breadth of the UK performing fast-paced, bicycle-powered Shakespearean productions. This summer’s tour of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream is their most adventurous yet – not only will they cycle 1500 miles to play 44 characters between them, they’ll also complete the entire escapade off-grid – using dynamos to store cycle-powered energy, they’ll be the first carbon-positive touring theatre company on the planet.

The HandleBards have already proven themselves as pioneers of sustainable touring theatre, having won the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. But Paul Moss, the HandleBards’ Tour Manager, comments: “This is only the beginning - we’re now taking our shows to the next level by teaming up with Electric Pedals, the brilliant minds behind the original bicycle-powered set of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, directed by Katie Mitchell. They’ve powered cinemas and radio stations by bicycle before – and now they’ll do a full theatre tour – we can’t wait to get going.”

Sir Ian McKellen describes the eccentric troupe and their fast-paced farces as “outrageous” and “uproariously funny”. Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream look set to be just that.

The HandleBards will near their 5000-mile mark on this year’s tour – the distance from London to Beijing. They’ve carried the required set, props, costumes and camping equipment the entire way on the back of their bikes, with no back-up vehicle in support, saving over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the process.

“We’re delighted to welcome the HandleBards back to New Lanark after their rumbustious performance of ‘A Comedy of Errors’ last year. Visitors young and old will love the HandleBards’ quirky & fun performance style, so it really is an event the whole family can enjoy” says Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events and Exhibitions Officer.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are priced at £10 for Adults, and £5 for concessions. Tickets are available by calling 01555 661345, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. Doors open at 5pm for picnics and the performance begins at 7pm.

The HandleBards
 

 

14.07.15 - Pack a picnic, take your teddy and head to New Lanark for a day of family fun!

The BIG Picnic will be hosted on Sunday 19th July from 12pm-4pm in the beautiful Robert Owen’s Garden at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

There will be lots of family entertainment in the garden including a Teddy Bear’s Picnic trail, Face painting, Balloon modelling, Storytelling, Birds of Prey & more.

Entry to the BIG Picnic is free, and all day kids under 12 get free entry to the New Lanark Visitor Centre.

“The BIG Picnic is a great day out for the whole family! Lots of people seem really excited about it already on the Facebook event, and we’ll be joined by Clyde 1 on the day so the atmosphere is going to be buzzing!” said Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer.

Visitors to the BIG Picnic will also have the perfect opportunity to explore the brand new Clearburn Natural Picnic and Play Area which is nestled close to the entrance of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.

During their picnic visitors can also try some New Lanark Ice Cream which recently won Overall Champion Ice Cream at the Royal Highland Show 2015.

And don’t worry if the weather is wet, the BIG Picnic will still go ahead with the free activities moving indoors to the “old gift shop” on the ground floor of Mill 3 at New Lanark.

After the BIG Picnic, New Lanark’s Summer of Fun is rounded off with a mad-cap performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the HandleBards on Saturday 15th August. Find out more about this event & what else is going on at New Lanark. 

Picnic Basket

 

 

07.07.15 - New Lanark seeking volunteers for Quaker Tapestry exhibition!

A selection of panels from The Quaker Tapestry will be displayed at New Lanark World heritage Site from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 29th August 2015.

After successfully hosting the famous Great Tapestry of Scotland last year and the Prestonpans Tapestry at the beginning of 2015, New Lanark is continuing its textile theme by hosting a touring exhibition of the Quaker Tapestry.

“Some of Robert Owen’s partners were Quakers and in a perfect link, we are delighted to be displaying the Quaker Tapestry this summer.” says Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager.

The tapestry tells of Quaker events and insights and is a celebration of the significant contribution these quiet, non-conformists have made to the modern world. Over 4,000 men, women and children in 15 countries ‘had a hand’ in the creation of the 77 panels which form the tapestry.

Usually housed in Kendal's historic Friends Meeting House, New Lanark will be displaying 20 panels from the beautiful tapestry. As such, New Lanark are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help steward the exhibition. An interest or knowledge of the Quakers is desirable, but not necessary – a welcoming smile will do! New Lanark was awarded ‘Volunteer Friendly’ status by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire in 2014 and has a friendly and diverse team of volunteers. Flexible hours and shifts are available, and typical duties will include meeting/greeting visitors, answering enquiries & helping with sales of Quaker Tapestry merchandise.

Anyone wishing to express an interest in volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry exhibition should contact Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events & Exhibitions Officer on 01555 661345 or evelyn.whitelaw@newlanark.org

The Quaker Tapestry will be displayed in the New Lanark Institute 10am-5pm daily from Tuesday 11th August – Saturday 29th August. Entry to the exhibition is free, but a ticket is required for the rest of the Visitor Centre exhibitions.
 

The Quaker Tapestry

 

26.06.15 - COMPLETION OF RESTORATION & INTERPRETATION OF HISTORIC MILLWORKERS’ HOUSING AT NEW LANARK WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Project overview
New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

The ‘Museum Stair’, a tenement within Double Row, was in continuous occupation from the 1790s – 1970s and is designated a Scheduled Monument, due to the remarkable survival of original artefacts and materials such as fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor, deteriorating condition and requires urgent conservation work. Due to the building’s fragile interior, access is currently restricted but this project will provide remote access and interpretation through the creation of a 3D Virtual Tour, which will offer a ground-breaking new visitor experience.

Other landmark buildings across the site will undergo built fabric repairs to safeguard their future and improvements to the public realm will take place.

A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works. There will be a strong emphasis on Traditional Building Skills training through a series of talks, workshops and special exhibition. Other events include ‘house history’ workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time experiences’, where visitors will explore life in the 18th century cotton mill village.

Funding
Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). It is anticipated additional funding will be secured from smaller trusts and foundations.

Timeframe
This project has a number of phases and is expected to take four years in total. Procurement of a contractor to undertake the works for phase 1 will get underway soon with an anticipated start on site in early 2016.

Double Row - New Lanark
 

22.06.15 - New Lanark scoops top ice cream award at Royal Highland Show!

New Lanark Ice Cream picked up two prestigious awards at the 175th Royal Highland Show which took place from 18-21 June 2015 in Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Fighting off competition from some of the top ice cream producers across Scotland, New Lanark Ice Cream’s Simply Vanilla flavour was awarded the top accolade of overall ‘Champion Ice Cream’. The ice cream was also awarded ‘Gold’ in the Vanilla Flavour Class.

“All of the staff at New Lanark World Heritage Site are delighted with the result. Huge congratulations are in order for Andy Park & Ronnie North, part of the New Lanark Ice Cream team who oversee the manufacture of this artisan product” said Lorna Davidson, Director of New Lanark Trust.

Earlier in the year, New Lanark Ice Cream kicked off its 2015 winning streak by collecting three awards at the ‘Harrogate Ice Cream Expo 2015’. Simply Vanilla was awarded a Diploma of Merit, and further Diplomas were awarded to the flavours Vanilla Pod & Jaffa Cake.

New Lanark Ice Cream is currently distributed to hotels & restaurants in Glasgow and throughout the central belt. It is also enjoyed by thousands of visitors annually who visit New Lanark, with the ice cream being sold in the Visitor Centre, Mill Café, Village Store, Wee Row Hostel and served in the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

All profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust, an independent Scottish charity dedicated to the restoration and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site.

The award winning Simply Vanilla flavour is currently on sale at New Lanark, as well as a selection of other delicious flavours including Raspberry Cranachan, Puff Candy, Wild Strawberry & Mint Choc Chip!
 

New Lanark Ice Cream - Royal Highland Show award

 

10.06.15 - Hamilton High Parks: Restoring an Ancient Treescape Talk

Join Malcolm Muir, the Countryside and Greenspace Manager with South Lanarkshire Council as he holds a talk at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Friday 19th June discussing the regeneration project that seeks to restore historical features and viewpoints of Hamilton High Parks at Chatelherault Country Park over the next 25 years.

Once referred to as, ‘a Jewel in the Landscape,’ Chatelherault Country Park – centred around the Hunting Lodge of the former Hamilton Palace – is one of Scotland’s oldest and greatest designed landscapes.

The designed landscape includes some 170 hectares of ancient woodland in the gorge of the Avon water, alongside more formal elements of designed landscape such as parterre gardens, and is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve with SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation) designations.

However, much of the old native woodland was replaced with non-native conifers in the 1950’s, having a detrimental effect on the native biodiversity of the site as well as blocking a number of breath-taking vistas over the countryside.

“A Long Term Forest Plan has been prepared which sets out a programme to remove the conifers progressively and restore the native broadleaved woodland,” explains Donna Marshall, Programme Manager at the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. “The removal will initially have an impact on the aesthetics of the area, but the plans will increase native biodiversity of the nationally important woodland and restore stunning views for generations to come.”

The project will be led by South Lanarkshire Council who own and jointly manage the County Park with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Ltd., in association with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, Central Scotland Green Network and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Tickets for the talk are £4 and this includes the chance to explore New Lanark’s current ‘Homecoming' exhibition and a glass of wine or refreshment. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345, emailing trust@newlanark.org, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk is in Robert Owen’s School for Children at New Lanark, which is located past the waterwheel.

Chatelherault

 

13.05.15 - Genealogy Detective gives family history talk at New Lanark. 

Join Liz Irving, the Genealogy Detective as she holds a talk at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Friday 22nd May discussing the fascinating topic of how to research your family history.

“Researching your family history is an absorbing and fascinating activity, but really getting to know your ancestors involves more than simply finding out their names and the dates and places of their birth, marriage and death. Being a genealogy detective means following clues, searching for evidence and building up a picture of our forebears and their lives.” Liz Irving, Genealogy Detective.

Liz Irving is a professionally qualified genealogist and family historian with wide experience of researching Scottish records from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. She’ll be describing some of these fascinating sources and explaining how they can add facts, context and colour to your family tree.

Tickets for the talk are £4 and this includes the chance to explore New Lanark’s current ‘Homecoming' exhibition and a glass of wine or refreshment. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345, emailing trust@newlanark.org, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk is in Robert Owen’s School for Children at New Lanark, which is located past the waterwheel.


 

11.05.15 - Local musicians wanted for New Lanark gig!

New Lanark World Heritage Site are seeking talented local bands, musicians and artists to play at their exciting new ‘Live at New Lanark’ event on Saturday 27th June 2015.

The evening will be hosted in Robert Owen’s Garden, giving crowds the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings whilst being entertained by the music from local artists. At the end of June the festival season is well underway so it’s the perfect chance to enjoy the atmosphere right on your doorstep! Visitors will also be able to bring their own picnic, enjoy Damn Delicious burgers, New Lanark Ice Cream and artisan beer/wine!

Any artists or bands who are interested in playing a set should contact marketing@newlanark.org or call 01555 661345 by Friday 22nd May.

The event opens at 4pm for food and drink, with the first music set beginning at 5pm. The music from local artists will then continue to 8.30pm when the ‘headliner’, chosen through a Clyde 1 competition in June, will perform to close the night.

“We’re really looking forward to ‘Live at New Lanark’” said Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager. “It’s the first time we’ve ever ran an event like this, and we think it’ll be a perfect way to kick off the summer and showcase some local musical talent”

If you’re not a musician but would like to attend the event, tickets are currently on sale online, by calling 01555 661345 or emailing trust@newlanark.org. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults (2 for £10), £4 for under 16s and free for under 3s.
 

15.04.15 - Get a taste of Scotland at New Lanark’s Spring Food and Gift Fair!

Spring Food and Gift Fair

To celebrate Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’, New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair will highlight the best of local produce and include demonstrations by chefs and producers from across Scotland, including the chef from the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Running on Monday 4th May from 10am-4pm, New Lanark’s Spring Food and Gift Fair is free to enter and will give visitors the chance to look around a range of stalls and get a taste of delicious produce from Lanarkshire and beyond.

The fair will also include arts & crafts and gifts & accessories, with traditional crafters demonstrating skills like historic craft preservation and mixed media jewellery.

New Lanark’s in-house produced Wool & Textiles will be available to purchase, and visitors will have the chance to take part in some knitting and crafting workshops.

Emma McGuinness, New Lanark Events Officer said “Our Food and Gift Fairs are always very popular, and this year’s event is going to be extra special as it’s Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. We hope that lots of people make it down the Fair to try some delicious local produce, or pick up some beautiful handmade crafts. From cider to candles and tablet to totes, there’s sure to be something on offer at the Fair to catch your eye!”

“Scotland’s larder will be in the spotlight once again in 2015 as, in partnership with Scottish Government, VisitScotland, EventScotland and Think Local, we celebrate the Year of Food and Drink, hot on the heels of the year of Homecoming and the triumphant sporting events where quality Scottish produce took centre-stage. The aim of the Year is to mark, highlight and promote Scotland’s abundant, quality produce to our people and visitors, demonstrating that we are a destination for delicious food and drink and its key role in our economic growth and cultural development.” Fiona Richmond, Project Managerwww.scotlandfoodanddrink.org

The New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill Shop and Mill Café will all be open on Monday 4th May. Why not make a day of it visiting New Lanark or even work up an appetite (for something local!) with a walk to the Falls of Clyde?

There will also be extra activities running on the day like a free Victorian Tour by Clydesdale Landscape Partnership (pre-booking essential) and woodworking courses with Clydesdale Community Initiatives to make your own stool! Pre-booking is also essential for these courses. 
 

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