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09/08/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Tours at New Lanark # , ,

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Afternoon all,

Craig St John , Marketing Intern here , about to regal you in the tale of my first experience of the New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Guided Tour, and little did l know l was in for a treat.

I, like most who visit here , have fond memories of visiting New Lanark in my younger days, whether it was a school trip, day out with the family or just out for a leisurely stroll up the River Clyde, those memories stay with you all your days , but l never truly took in the vast amount of history this place was built upon, that is  until l was invited to take the Guided Tour, and as you imagine l jumped at the chance.

The Tour

Why go on the tour you ask ?

Well the tour is designed to give  visitors the chance to learn about the Mills rise through the industrial revolution.

The tour began just outside the Institute for the Formation of Character, where we were greeted by our tour guide Lesli, who’s passion for New Lanark was truly evident, as she took us back to the beginning of New Lanark. Lesli was very engaging with the visitors , involving them in her tour and the banter was truly flowing.

I always thought it was Robert Owen who got the ball rolling at New Lanark, but it was in fact his father in- law  David Dale , who took 15 years to build  some of the Mills we see today. Trading mostly in cotton shipped over from America and wool from the sheep on our own doorstep. It wasn’t until Robert was welcomed into the family, by marrying David Dale’s daughter, that things really got started at New Lanark

What was really surprising was when Lesli informed us that in the beginning, children as young as six worked the Mills (Its a good thing most of us were born in the 20th century). Robert Owen’s tenure ensured that this stopped of course, his belief was that every child had the right to a education and the right to play.

Lesli also informed us that back then , Robert wanted New Lanark to be a hub for all cultures and nationalities, bringing people together for the common good (She also mentioned that he didn’t like wee Weeji’s or  Edinbronians coming down to spy on his work, which l though was hilarious).

Next on the tour was the wash house,  and Lesli informed that this was the main meeting place where if you had the gift of the gab ( like most woman do )  this was the perfect place for women to socialise and gossip till their heart’s were content.

We were then taken through to witness the living conditions of the townspeople of New Lanark, and it was fare to say it seemed like a bit of a tight squeeze, but they made the best out of the situation, even if they had to life with the chamber pot under the bed , which contents funnily enough Robert Owen (ever the visionary) sold to farmers for fertiliser for crops.

To end the tour  we had a nice stroll by the River Clyde, taking in natures beauty and serenity.

Sound Off

Obviously, l am not going to spoil the full context of the tour, but if your a history buff like myself or you just looking for a super day out please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

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Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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04/08/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

After the long dry Spring, the summer weather has been very wet.  The white Buddleia named ‘Peace’ is in full bloom in New Lanark’s War Memorial Garden, but its flowers have been somewhat spoiled by the rain, and the butterflies that usually arrive in abundance at this time of year have not so far appeared.

However, there is one butterfly that has been seen in the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve and in New Lanark Roof Garden where it was spotted drinking nectar from a purple-flowered buddleia.  (See photo.) This lovely butterfly is the Comma, so called because it has a tiny mark shaped like a comma (or small letter C) on its undersides.  The Comma’s story is one of remarkable  survival and  adaptation.

Comma caterpillars used to feed on hops and the butterfly was plentiful in Kent and the hop-growing areas of south east England.  However, when the industry went into decline, the butterfly’s population dropped severely.  In the past few years, however, it has staged an amazing recovery after the caterpillars adapted to eating the leaves of stinging nettles instead of hops.  As nettles grow nearly everywhere, the butterfly is now expanding its range right to the north of Scotland!  Global warming may also be having an effect on its expansion.   Visit New Lanark and see if you can spot this wonderful  butterfly!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and What’s On…

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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05/07/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

June and July 2017

As the longest day passes, the summer begins.  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the combination of curry plant, and lavender with the dark pink of the tall penstemons, creates the appearance of a soft summer meadow in miniature. The yellow flag irises at the back of the garden didn’t do too well this year as the spring was warm and very dry, and they like moist soil.   At ground level, the area  between the Hotel and the first bridge over the lade is the lade overflow.  It is a full working part of New Lanark’s power generation system but has become an ecological niche in its own right.  Look out for the lovely flowing green stems and white flowers of the water crowfoot.  This amazing plant is adapted to live under the water with the flowers emerging on the surface.

Water crowfoot in the Mill Lade

Also look for the purple spires of watermint and frothy white heads of meadowsweet.  Later in July, little yellow monkey flowers will appear with them.  Robins, dippers and wagtails, also enjoy this environment with its flowing water and plenty of places at the side to perch.

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and our current summer exhibition, Brick City!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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16/06/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

New Lanark will be hosting the Brick City LEGO Exhibition over the summer period this year. Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons including the Colosseum in Rome, St Pancras Station in London and Arc De Triomphe in Paris recreated solely using LEGO Bricks. We’re looking for a group of volunteers to assist New Lanark Trust with the running of the exhibition…

 

Here are 10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City!

 

Have fun

Volunteering is a relaxed and enjoyable way to pass a day, meeting lots of new people and taking part in an activity you may not have experienced before. Brick City is an exhibition made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, the most popular toy in the world – so you can’t really get more fun than that!

 

Be part of something BIG

Brick City is going to be the biggest event New Lanark has ever hosted – even bigger than our annual Christmas events or when we hosted the Antiques Roadshow last year! The exhibition is running for 10 weeks and during that time we expect to welcome around 15,000 people to see the amazing LEGO models.

 

Support a local charity

New Lanark Trust is an Independent Scottish Charity and without the contribution of volunteers who provide essential staffing resource, New Lanark wouldn’t be able to bring these fantastic exhibitions to the local area for the community to enjoy, such as the Great Tapestry of Scotland in 2014 and now Brick City.

 

Increase your personal health

A number of studies have shown that volunteering is beneficial for your health as it reduces your stress levels by allowing you to focus on another activity or person, as opposed to your own problems. Getting out of the house and meeting new people also benefits your physical and mental health.

 

Improve your CV

Volunteering can be a fantastic way to boost your skills and enhance your CV. Brick City will be perfect for anyone who is interested in working in a whole host of industries including Arts & Museums, Heritage, Events Organisation, Marketing, PR or Education.

 

Inspire others

Quite often the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers inspires others to give volunteering, or something else new, a go!

 

 

Make friends

Being a volunteer is a great way to meet like-minded people from all different walks of life. Being brought together as a team builds camaraderie and teamwork!

 

Discover hidden talents

If you never try, you’ll never know! Volunteering gives you access to new experiences, approaches and ways of interacting with others. You may discover a new passion or develop a long-term interest in a worthy cause.

Promote your local community

Brick City will attract thousands of people from all over Scotland – and perhaps even further afield! By being a volunteer you’ll be able to meet these people  and tell them about your local community, the people who live here, and all of the other activities visitors can enjoy in Lanarkshire.

 

Enjoy a family day out!

Brick City volunteers will be given a Brick City family pass to allow them to come back ‘off duty’ and share the exhibition with their family members.

 

Interested in becoming a Brick City volunteer? Email [email protected] with your contact details by 20th June 2017!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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13/06/17 Events at New Lanark # , , , , ,

LEGO® Challenge Workshops

LEGO® Challenge Workshops

Hi, my name is Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I have been lucky enough to be able to plan the Lego Challenge Workshops for the Brick City Exhibition. It’s been great fun building all the models and mosaics and finding out how Lego works. My favourite things to build are mosaics and castles. I’ve also visited the Lego Clubs at Lanark Library and Low Parks Museum in Hamilton to see what they’ve been building.

The Challenge workshops are an opportunity to test your creativity and Lego building skills. Each session is 45 minutes and best suited to people six and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. As there is a new theme every week, you can come back and do a different workshop. Booking is essential. The themes are: towers, bridges; mosaics; cars and mazes.  The workshops will take on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3rd July to 2nd August. There are two  workshops a day at 10.30 and 2.30. Some of the Challenges will be fast-paced and against the clock.

You will get a chance to work in pairs and teams to build: the highest tower and the best castle; the longest and the strongest bridge; the most creative mosaic; the fastest balloon car and the most confusing maze. You will be helped with your Challenges by New Lanark’s friendly staff and volunteers. It will be a great way to meet new friends who love playing with Lego. I’ll be looking forward to meeting you in July and August.

Click here to book your Challenge Workshops!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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07/06/17 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Hi, I’m Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve been lucky enough to get to plan the DUPLO Stories and Songs Sessions for the Brick City Exhibition. These will take place in the Interactive Gallery in Robert Owen’s School for Children on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4th July and 3rd August for half an hour from 10.00.

In these sessions, you will have a chance to share songs, stories and simple Duplo modelling with your wee ones. They are targeted at 3yrs and under, but brothers and sisters 7yrs and under should enjoy them too for the price of a ticket to the Interactive Gallery. Booking is essential. There will be a new theme each story time and a chance to build with Duplo.

I have had great fun choosing the stories and songs and collecting and making props (toys) to share them with you. This should be a lovely relaxed way to meet new parents and carers and children. Bring your singing voices and your creativity!

Click here to book your Storytime, Singing and DUPLO Sessions!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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01/06/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

Are you a self confessed LEGO Lover or are your kids budding builders? If so, there are plenty of events happening right here in Scotland to keep all of you entertained this summer! Including, Brick City at New Lanark…

 

Brick City at New Lanark World Heritage Site

See the world in LEGO Bricks this summer at New Lanark. The amazing Brick City exhibition showcases over 60 models made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, featuring world landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome and icons like the Mona Lisa! The exhibition will be hosted in Robert Owen’s School for Children, an historic 200 year old building which is the traditional home of education at New Lanark.

Dates & Times: 28th June – 10th September, 10am – 5pm daily.
Location: New Lanark World Heritage Site
Price: £16 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children), £6 Adults, £5 Concessions, £4 Children, Under 3s Free
Booking: Book online via www.newlanark.org/brickcity
What’s included? Exhibition entry | Self-Led Play Area | Graffiti Wall | Voucher for 25% off the New Lanark Visitor Attraction
Extras: Robotics Workshops, Challenge Workshops, Storytime & DUPLO Sessions

One of the amazing models in the Brick City exhibition

Dale and Millie – New Lanark’s LEGO mascots!

Are you up for the Challenge Workshops?

Great for little ones – Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Chomp Chomp – Robotics Workshops!

 


Brick Mania at Peterhead Prison Museum

Dates & Times: 15th July 2017, 10am – 4pm
Location: Peterhead Prison Museum
What’s included? A day of displays, play and competitions involving all aspects of the lego brick!
Click here to find out more


BRICK LIVE at the Glasgow SEC

Dates & Times: 20th – 23rd July 2017
Location: Glasgow SEC
What’s included? The UK’s largest LEGO exhibition
Price: Standard Prices from £21.75, VIP Prices from £38.00
Click here to find out more


BUILD IT at National Museum of Scotland

Dates: Until 30th July 2017
Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
What is it? A museum made from LEGO
Click here to find out more


Brick City Beach Bonanza

Dates: 4th & 4th August 2017
Location: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
What is it? Granite City Bricks are bring a new improved Lego show to Aberdeen.
Click here to find out more


Brick City the Backstage Tour (Fringe show)

Dates: 4th – 25th August 2017
Location: Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh
What is it? LEGO artist Warren Elsmore is based in Edinburgh but his studio isn’t open to the public – until now!
Click here to find out more


Awesome Bricks

Dates: 26th & 27th August 2017
Location: National Museum of Flight
What is it? Build a mini vehicle then race it against your friends, get creative in our brick pit, see amazing constructions made by LEGO® fans and learn about the history of this iconic brand with renowned brick artist Warren Elsmore.
Click here to find out more

 

As you can see there’s plenty to keep LEGO lovers busy in Scotland this summer! There are also a range of LEGO themed events taking place elsewhere in the UK!

 

Click here to book your Brick City at New Lanark!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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19/05/17 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

May is a lovely time at New Lanark.  Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around  the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.

The Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley.  Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird.   The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing  its flat gray rocks,  but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.

Where have the Falls gone?!

 

In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!

Last year’s duck family on the go

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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11/05/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Darren

Meet the Guides: Darren

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Darren Hardie

Hometown: Glasgow

Age: 22

When did you start working at New Lanark? November 2016

What is your dream job or career? I’d love to be a Firefighter or a lecturer in history!

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Dundaff Linn – the viewing spot within the Retort House.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The progressive values that have existed and continue to exist at New Lanark.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? The team!

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Scenic

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Maya Angelou because she is the fiercest, strongest woman in recent history.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? The Christianisation of the Anglo-Saxons. It was a time of major change and upheaval meaning the chance to control a Kingdom was never far off.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? The Riverside Museum as it is an excellent example of a museum that is very intellectually stimulating but also family friendly.

As part of Darren’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at www.newlanark.org

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20/04/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Alex

Meet the Guides: Alex

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Alex Davies

Hometown: Dunbar

When did you start working at New Lanark? March 2017

What is your dream job or career? To be a museum education officer or a children’s author.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? By the Falls.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? Robert Owen and what he did to make his Millworkers lives better.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? Friendly people and a beautiful place to work.

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Inspiring!

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Oscar Wilde – I think he’d be very witty.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? 1890s in France, I like Art Nouveau.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

As part of Alex’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at www.newlanark.org

Alex and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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