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23/05/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , , ,

Traditional Building Skills Workshops

Traditional Building Skills Workshops

On Wednesday 18 May we had two excellent Traditional Building Skills Workshops delivered by Frew Conservation as part of the programme of activities linked to our Double Row Restoration Project.

The groups learned about the background to the project and then had some hands-on demonstrations about Stonemasonry and Slating – two very important building techniques that will be used to in the restoration of the Double Row tenement block this year.

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, demonstrations 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.

You can find out more about the project and sign up to the waiting list of other activities on our website.

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You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on our website. 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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13/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Yesterday we donned our hard hats and took part in a guided tour of the Double Row Restoration works in the village. With blue skies and plenty of sunshine we couldn’t have asked for a better day to be climbing the scaffolding!

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.

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, demonstrations and special exhibition. Other events include ‘house history’ workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time day’, where visitors will explore life in the 18th century cotton mill village.

Here’s a look at some of the photos we took on yesterday’s Hard Hat Tour…

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A beautiful day in New Lanark Village

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Arriving at the Double Row Restoration building site

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Our first views at the top of the scaffolding – New Lanark Mill Hotel!

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An up close look at the slate work and chimney stacks

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Beautiful views of the River Clyde

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Panorama shot!

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Long Row at New Lanark

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Learning about Stonemasonry

You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on our website or by signing up to our monthly e-newsletter.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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11/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Latest News at New Lanark

New Lanark and Nicholas I of Russia…

New Lanark and Nicholas I of Russia…

200 years on, GYRE in Moffat are celebrating the anniversary of Nicholas I’s visit to Scotland in 1816.

Nicholas I (6 July 1796 – 2 March 1855) was Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855 and he was known as one of the most reactionary of the Russian monarchs. His brother Alexander I was Emperor of Russia from 1801 to 1825.

The future emperor’s first guardian and instructress was a Scottish nurse, Miss Jane Lyon, who stayed with Nicholas constantly during the first seven years of his life. From Miss Lyon he learned many things including “the Russian alphabet, his first Russian prayers, and his hatred of the Poles”. [i]

To complete his education, Grand Duke Nicholas was sent on two educational voyages: a tour of Russia from May to September 1816 and a tour of Great Britain from November 1816 to January 1817.  While he was on his way to Britain Nicholas visited Berlin where he met his future wife Louisa Charlotte Wilhelmina, eldest daughter of the King of Prussia. Nicholas and Louisa were married at St. Petersburgh in July 1817.

[i]     Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia: 1825-1855. Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (University of California Press, 1974)

 

On 27 December 1816 Nicholas 1 visited New Lanark…

The New Lanark Village Instrumental Band played for Nicholas and his retinue. Although the Grand Duke was generally favourably impressed with Owen’s plans for creating model communities it seems that the music was considered by his Highness to be indifferent in quality. [i]

Robert gave the Grand Duke Mrs. Owen’s silver dessert set as a memento of his visit and the rest of Robert’s family were upset at his generosity towards such a hugely wealthy man. [ii] New Picture

The writings of Malthus was a hot topic at the time and Robert Owen relates that in a two hour conversation with the Grand Duke, before he left, he said: “As your country is over-peopled, I will take you and two millions of population with you, all in similar manufacturing communities”. Robert politely declined the offer. [iii]

One of Robert Owen’s biographers notes that “the date of the visit was December 26. The Grand Duke left on the following day for Moffat”. This date is contrary to other, contemporary, sources and we should assume that the correct date for the visit to New Lanark was 27th December. [iv]

 

[i]     A Quest for Harmony: The Role of Music in Robert Owen’s New Lanark Community. Lorna Davidson. Utopian Studies, Volume 21, Number 2, (Penn State University Press 2010)

[ii]    Robert Owen: Social Idealist. Rowland Hill Harvey. (University of California, 1949)

[iii]   The life of Robert Owen, philanthropist and social reformer, an appreciation. R. E. Davies (Robert Sutton, Southwark, 1907)

[iv]   Robert Owen: a Biography. Frank Podmore (Appleton, New York, 1907)

 

Coincidentally, 1816 is also the 200th birthday or Bicentenary of New Lanark’s Institute for the Formation of Character. To celebrate we are hosting a range of Bicentenary themed activities throughout the year. Visit our website to find out more!

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10/05/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

New Lanark Roof Garden Diary – May 2016

What could be better after the cold spring weather than to see these bright daffodils in New Lanark Roof Garden?  They have faced rain, strong winds and even snow, which bent their heads low but they have supple stems enabling them to bounce back when conditions improve.  The tree heather is now covered in blossom in the shape of tiny white bells and the woolly willow is beginning to show its fluffy yellow catkins.  Rising temperatures have brought the swallows back – watch them diving low through the fountain!

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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09/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

Guest blog from Melissa, New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer…

Summer arrived in Lanark yesterday! To make the most of the nice weather I decided to embark upon the full Clyde Walkway loop from Kirkfieldbank, up into the Corehouse Estate, past Bonnington Linn, past the stunning Corra Linn, along the boardwalk into the village of New Lanark and then right along the Clyde walkway to Castlebank Park! The walk took around 3 hours, taking time for a couple of short breaks to admire the beautiful views – and to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream cone!

Lanark Life have produced a map of this walking route which can be viewed on their website here.

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Starting at Kirkfieldbank at ‘the old brig’ built in 1699, designed by James Lockhart.

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Your first view of New Lanark Village!

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Not much rainfall at Bonnington Linn – these Falls can look very different!

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Idyllic setting of Corra Linn – The Wordsworths, Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott all visited the Falls.

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A look back at the New Lanark Mill Hotel on your way to Castlebank Park.

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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05/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

During the local (South Lanarkshire) School Holidays, here at New Lanark we run Daily Guided Tours of the Village with our experiences guides.Visitors have the chance to explore New Lanark  discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out!

Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception.

We are also able to offer the following specialist theme tours to booked groups. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to discuss any of these tour options!

~ Urban Conservation ~
~ Geographical Settlement Studies ~
~ Planning
~ Heritage & Leisure Management ~
~ Travel & Tourism ~
~ Marketing ~
~ Child Care & Nursery Education ~
~ Social & Economic History ~
~ Utopian Socialism
~ Education & Historical Pedagogy ~
~ Industrial Archaeology ~
~ Water Power & Hydro-electricity ~
~ Industrial Architecture ~

 

Throughout the year our Learning and Outreach team provide special tours and sessions for booked school groups:

 

Pre-school to Primary 2

  • Mini Discovery Tour – How we used to live in the past
  • A look at life in the past 1800s
  • Toys from the Past
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Exploring the Senses

 

Primary 3 to 7

  • The Story of New Lanark
  • The Victorians
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • A Settlement Study
  • Citizenship & Enterprise: Robert Owen & his Model Community
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Self-led visits

 

Secondary School

  • The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen
  • History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Geography (Aspects of Physical & Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation & Renewable Energy)
  • Textiles
  • Self-led visits

New educational tours available soon will be:
Water Power and Renewable Energy
New Lanark in the 20th Century
New Lanark’s First World War
From Slave Trade to Fairtrade

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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25/04/16 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

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

Let’s meet some of the stallholders…

 

All Things Nice Food

We are a family run, local business producing artisan products using only the finest ingredients. Our jam, chutney and marmalades are handmade in small batches in a kitchen, not a factory. No artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives are added, only using natural sugar and fruit for sweetness (no fructose, fruit syrup, corn syrup or any other unrecognisable ingredients you’ll often find in your supermarket products). We use traditional recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, resulting in a delicious, quality product which is as good as we can make it. Our gift bags, with your choice of contents, make perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions or just to say thankyou to a neighbour, teacher or friend.

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Laura Haining Jewellery

Laura Haining Jewellery offers a diverse range of sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings. These are embellished with pearls and precious gem stones; beautifully simple and balanced for weddings and special occasions. A complimentary collection of desirable and stylish costume jewellery reflects the wearer’s individual personality.

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The TOPMAN

A selection of hand turned spinning tops in a variety of woods. I am based in Ayr South Ayrshire and I sell my tops at fairs throughout the SW of Scotland. Spinning tops are my passion and I have a collection many different styles some of which are hand turned by myself including the traditional whipping top of street play of yesteryear.

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Jessica Stafford Cameron Designs

Jessica Stafford Cameron has a BA in Painting from San Diego State University and MA in Design from University of Leeds. Jessica has illustrated the books ‘The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow,’ ‘I Once Had a Chimpanzee’ and colouring books, written by her father-in-law Roy Cameron. Jessica has also produced Gaelic greeting cards and prints with Gaelic proverbs paired with her illustrations for the Gaelic Book Council. While working abroad in New Zealand she met her Scottish husband, Roy’s youngest son. They are now living happily ever after in Scotland.

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Superlative Pearls

What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession!! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that!!!!
I design and make necklaces and earrings from freshwater pearls, Czech crystal and silver beads. I usually only make one or two of the same designs in my necklace range, not because I want to offer exclusivity, but mainly because my memory is so bad that I cant remember previous designs!!!
My jewellery is sparkly and fun and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell my gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make!! Everyone wins!

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Creative LM’ents

Items are all handmade, including soft furnishings, home décor items and stitched gifts. Some of the items you’ll find on my stall are Cushions, Doorstops, decorative woolen wreaths, stitched gift items for young and old, fabric hangings and fabric embellished cards for a variety of occasions. I’m a self-taught crafter with a passion for creating beautiful items for my clients to enjoy. I love working with fabrics and wool to create a variety of items for your home. I’m a mother, a wife and I also work in a day job for an Architect (so design is in the blood). Crafting is a bit of an escape, something that I can immerse myself in after all the daily chores are complete and I get great enjoyment out of the items I create.
My products are lovingly made; I love using textiles and use a lot of tartan and wool fabrics for my makes. I up cycle items such as travel rugs into cushions and you will sometimes find me raiding the remnant bins in search of those hidden gems! Bits of cut offs that I can create something that will be loved and enjoyed. I like trying out new things, a recent idea is combining my passion for working with textiles and an urge to make cards… the result a range of bespoke fabric decorated cards for all occasions.

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Memories Recaptured – Anne Scott

I am a local artist who resides in Lesmahagow. I love to paint especially Scottish Landscapes and Seascapes. From these paintings I produce glass heat resistant coasters,place settings and paperweights. There are a variety of different sized prints some of which are in mounts and some in frames. The most recent project was to put some of my prints onto mugs. On the day of the Fair I will also have some very reasonably priced original framed oil and acrylic paintings.

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Real Lanarkshire Photography

I am a local photographer, from Hamilton, who has been taking photos for over 20 years. My work mainly consists of urban landscapes and cityscapes of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. I work in both colour and monochrome, with images taken during the day and at night. My portfolio includes both standard and panoramic images which emphasise the natural beauty of our local area. Mounted prints are available in a variety of sizes to suit all pockets and can be supplied with frames or as print only if necessary. Images can also be ordered as acrylic or aluminium prints if desired.

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Pauline Rae – My Secret Kitchen

Our products are made from unique spices and the best ingredients, then custom blended for flavours you can’t find in the supermarket. They are all natural, without MSGs, added preservatives or gluten. We have quite a large product range including olive oils, balsamic vinegars, teas, chocolate powders, herbs and spice blends. Pop along to my stall to taste them for yourself.

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The Funky Fudge Company

The Funky Fudge team are proud to provide a vast range of luxury hand-made Fudge, Tablet, & Macaroon from Hebridean Sea Salt & Caramel to Eton Mess and our now famous Millionaire Fudge. We are also delighted to announce a new addition to the Funky family our hand-made, mouth-watering Chocolate Truffles. Tasting is Believing!!!

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Cabbie Kids

Cabbie kids make slogan giftware for children and babies. Humerous t-shirts and unique Scottish gifts all made from fine, found and vintage fabrics.

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The Floss Boss

Candyfloss & Popcorn machine hire in Ayrshire and Glasgow. Available for birthday parties, weddings, fetes, gala days or any other event!

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The Upcycled Timber Co

All of our products are handcrafted in our workshop in Fife using reclaimed whisky barrels, pallets and timber. We transform discarded wood into beautiful, functional and quirky accessories and furniture for you, your home and your office.

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Linda Slater – Paper Floristry

I use a variety of cardstock, paper,vellum or mirri board to create my flowers. They are hand stamped, heat embossed cut out and shaped to create different effects. I love working with different textures and particularly love creating the different colour combinations.

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Flavours ‘n’ Favours

I am a professional chef/baker and started out making wedding/novelty cakes and favours. With increasing demand for tablet and fudge for favours and subsequently further orders for some of my produce, I decided to branch out and do some local fairs selling my tablet, fudge and some home baking. All my produce is hand made by myself using quality ingredients and no preservatives.

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Jamberry Nails by Gillian

Jamberry Nails Wraps are a durable and easy to apply affordable nail product just launched in the UK. They have no drying time, are chip resistant and waterproof. They come in a wide range of colours and designs with more than 300 to choose from to suit any style or occasion. We even have a Junior Jamberry range with wraps suitable for little hands and fingers.  They are long lasting, and last around 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes.

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Les Plaisirs d’Odette

Les Plaisirs d’Odette produces the finest French cuisine. It’s the ideal gift and the perfect starter and dessert for any dinner table. With French owner Emma’s selection of sweet treats (from gift wrapped French macarons to salted caramel) and savoury jars of pork, duck or fish pâtés and vegetable spreads and relishes, there is something for everyone’s taste and fancy. Just browse through the online store. Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the list of farmers’ markets and food festivals that we attend. See more at www.lesplaisirs.co.uk

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Sew & Saw

We are a couple based in Cumbernauld & having previous careers in Engineering & Nursing we now find ourselves as full time crafters travelling all over the country meeting new & interesting people. When travelling further afield for our “work” we often have our caravan Herbie in tow & stay a few extra days.. It’s a hard life being a crafter!!

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Servus Haggis

Servus Haggis is made from deer offal, toasted pinhead oatmeal, onions, some suet (a mix of beef and venison), some salt and a handful of spices. That’s it. No artificial colours or flavours. No preservatives. Just good, wholesome food plus a load of time, love and attention.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies are known for their effective, organic, natural and wild harvested health and products.

Our products are certified by the soil association, this means you won’t find parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, or anything else we believe could cause you or the planet harm in any of our products.  Just lots of lovely pure natural and organic ingredients.

We believe in honesty and indicate every organic ingredient on our labels and website. We are the WORLD’S FIRST health and beauty company to be awarded 100/100 ethics in an independent audit by the Ethical Company Organisation.

We have products suitable for all the family from beautiful skin care to treating the treatment of eczema. Visit me online at https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/racheljohnston and follow me on Facebook for special offers and monthly free prize giveaways www.facebook.com/RachelJohnstonNYROrganic/

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That’s My Fleece

Small family business specialising in producing hand-knitted baby garments. Christening Shawls and Gowns, Girl’s and Boy’s wear and not forgetting a range of premature babywear. All our garments are hand produced using machine washable wools, allowing for everyday use. We also have a range of baby accessories, gifts and cards, as well as seasonal children’s sweater for the Halloween and Christmas periods. Orders can be taken for any garments which do not appear on our current range for both children and adults.

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FOAL drinks

Support new, local, Scottish business today and try a bottle of FOAL. This brand new drinks concept brings the flavours of fantastic orange and lemonade to the premium, craft soft drinks market in a classy glass bottle. Try it on its own or as a mixer with your favourite gin and JOIN THE REVOLUTION.

FOAL was born from an idea – one of the favourite non-alcoholic drinks throughout the UK has always been fresh orange and lemonade. However, with such a tipple comes the problem of having to buy two separate drinks– there is no ready to drink, convenient alternative.

Two years on, FOAL (Fantastic Orange and Lemonade) was brought to the market in March 2016. Now it’s available to enjoy guilt-free – at only 80 calories per bottle – with your favourite meal, or as a refreshing mixer with gin or vodka.

FOAL aims to retain its key values and prides itself on being a Scottish Brand with a Scottish Attitude. We are a proud, determined and honest brand. We may be the underdog, but we are not afraid to stand up and fight for our place in the market.

Stockists are starting to pop up across Scotland, so whenever you see the black silhouette, Join the Revolution, try a fantastic new soft drink and support young, brave new business!

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06/04/16 Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

The star of these damp April days in New Lanark Roof Garden is the tree heather (Erica arborea var.  alpina).  Unlike low-growing heathers, this shrub can grow up to two metres.  It has beautiful upswept evergreen branches covered in tiny flowers that show pink at first before opening into clusters of exquisite miniature white bells.  On the other side of the garden, a newly planted Buddleia shrub has taken root in spite of suffering a blast of hard frost early on.  During blinks of sunshine, a few blue anemones open their lovely star-shaped flowers.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)
 

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31/03/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , ,

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

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Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

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Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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21/03/16 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

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 as part of their House History Project. 

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:

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

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New Lanark World Heritage Site Aerial View

New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

On our blog you'll find a behind-the-scenes look at all the latest news, events, stories and general 'goings-on' from New Lanark World Heritage Site.

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