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23/04/15 A Visitor's View # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Anabel Marsh

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Anabel Marsh

New Lanark is one of our favourite days out, especially when we have guests in tow. We’ve been visiting since the early days, when I remember being shown round one of the newly renovated houses by its resident. However, our most recent visit in March was not to view the mills – we wanted to see the exhibition in the Institute, which at that time was a tapestry telling the story of the Battle of Prestonpans. You don’t need a ticket to visit the exhibitions, so check out the current programme to see what’s on. The Institute is worth visiting in itself and we admired the banners on its walls.

New Lanark Bell Tower

Banners in the Institute for Formation of Character

There was time for a warming bowl of soup in the Mill Café before a walk up to the Falls of Clyde. We’ve done this before too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much water in the Falls – the immense power which was available to the mills is obvious. We followed the Clyde Walkway past Corra Linn as far as the even more spectacular Bonnington Linn. We then looped back on the woodland trail, after which we were pleased to find the Mill Café was still open and ready to warm us up again with a nice cup of tea!

Bonnington Linn at New Lanark

Following a last stroll round the village, we started the climb back up to the carpark via the Old Cemetery, a poignant place which we hadn’t previously visited. As we went, we talked about our plans for next time when we might extend the loop of our walk right down to Lanark, and maybe even stay overnight in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Can’t wait!

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Anabel Marsh – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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20/04/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

To celebrate Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’, New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May will highlight the best of local produce and include demonstrations by chefs and producers from across Scotland. The fair will also include arts & crafts and gifts & accessories, along with demonstrations from traditional crafters and artisan producers. Our in-house produced New Lanark wool will feature and there will be the chance to take part in some knitting and crafting workshops! Entry to the fair is free. Ticket required for Visitor Centre Exhibitions.

Take a look at some of the wonderful crafts & produce on offer…

James Dinnen – painter
James Dinnen is a Scottish artist selling his original artwork and prints. He specialises in stunning colourist Scottish west coast landscapes , cityscapes and figurative work. His work is colourful modern and bold and will add colour and vibrance to any room. His work is in private collections around the world such is the demand from expatriate Scots for his nostalgic and modern cityscapes and landscapes.

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The Bijou Wine Co
Why not enjoy a beautiful glass of wine whilst wandering around the many stalls at The Food and Gift Fair? The Bijou Wine Co is a quirky wee wine bar serving stunning wines to enjoy at the Fair or you can buy a bottle (or two) to enjoy at home.

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Janet and John – shop/gallery
Janet & John is a small shop/gallery just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End, promoting the work of almost 50 artists and crafters, all of whom are based in Scotland. I sell my handknitting through the shop, some of which will be included on the stall and I will be demonstrating one of my patterns at the fair. Visit our website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Angel Wire Jewellery – Vibrant Fun Aluminium
Unique hand crafted Jewellery made from Light, Non Allergenic Aluminium. Fun and vibrant inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean.

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Tom’s Tablet – Scottish tablet
“Tablet is something I remember from my own childhood growing up in Scotland. My Grandma used to make it for us to enjoy – happy memories!  I took her recipe and after much practice to perfect the flavour, the colour, and consistency, I taste-tested it on my Dad. I worked hard to make the ‘best batch’ especially for him.  Today, I pay homage to his memory by producing… TOM’S TABLET,  ‘the best batch of finest quality Scottish Tablet’ from Rona Orr, Founding Partner

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Rona has been producing tablet for 10 years now and after much practice has perfected her Grandma’s version of the “best batch”. Diane, her childhood friend, brings 20 years of brand experience having worked for some of the globe’s most influential brands. Together, they have pulled on each others strengths to develop Tom’s Tablet!

OUR VALUES
Quality is key to our success.  We work extremely hard to produce ‘our best batch of Scottish Tablet’ using the highest quality of ingredients.  As soon as the tablet has cooled, our customer service team aim to provide the best service possible to our valued customers.

OUR BELIEFS
TOM’S TABLET is based in Scotland.  Our product is, and will always be  ‘made in Scotland’.  Both Rona and Diane lost their Dads prematurely.  To mark this, each season, we donate a percentage of profits to our nominated charities.

 

Lochielknits
Lochielknits is a home based business which is situated in a small rural location, 2 miles from the historic market town of Lanark. I take pride in making quality hand knits in a smoke free environment. The yarns which I use include alpaca, cotton and merino wool although I also provide items knitted in acrylic for those whose allergies require it. I stock a selection of women’s accessories, children and baby items and cushion, e reader and phone covers. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lochielknits

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Thistly Cross Cider
Established in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making award winning ciders that people rave about. Using fresh fruit, including strawberries from our own farm, we pride ourselves on maintaining our core values and pride in everything we make; we’re invested at every step of the cider-making process, from apple to bottle. We’re bringing all 6 of our cider varieties to New Lanark: Original, Traditional, Whisky Cask, Strawberry, Ginger and Elderflower. Visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Agnes MacLean Glass
I am a glass artist who specialises in stained glass specifically tiffany style wall art/sun catchers, clocks, mirrors and tea light holders. You can visit my website or like my Facebook page here.
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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! My jewellery is sparkly and beautiful and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make – everyone wins!

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All That’s Delicious
“All That’s Delicious” was set up in 2012, after working as a professional chef for high end hotels and international cruise ships around the world. During this time I worked with some of Britain’s well known celebrity Chefs who gave me the inspiration to create my own brand. We have created a fabulous range of baking mixes using quality ingredients, measured out and ready to bake. Our mixes make home baking fun, quick, easy and enjoyable. In our range we have also crafted an indulgent,melt-in-the-mouth collection of handmade Scottish Tablet. Including our Award winning Traditional which was awarded a Great Taste award in 2014. We currently stock Farm shops, Gift Shops and Delicatessens throughout Scotland. Including the luxury Gleneagles hotel and Scottish Parliament to name a few.

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Video History Scotland
Video History Scotland are an independent producer and distributor of a range of unique Scottish archive history and nostalgic Scottish memories DVD titles covering areas that include the Clyde and Highland Steamer fleet and Scottish maritime history, historic accounts of towns and islands of the Clyde and the West Highlands and historic archive titles covering Scottish Steam train and railway journeys amongst others. Our titles have been written produced and manufactured in Scotland. These are unique productions that have been written and produced using rare archive materials from our archive libraries. Visit us online at www.videohistoryscotland.com
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Karuna’s Sweet Gifts
I will be selling handmade Belgian chocolate. These will be in the form of 3d shoes, trucks etc, lollies, and chocolate cards. Chocolate bouquets and sweet cones. For pictures of many more www.facebook.com/KarunasSweetGifts.
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 COUTAL
We are a Scottish company dealing directly with a woman’s co-operative in Morocco. We bring over argan nut kernel powder which we refine and add essential oils in a 7 stage process.

Our main product is our argan powder face and body scrub and we also hand craft a range soaps with Scottish flowers, herbs and argan powder, which is our unique selling point. We give on site free hand treatment demonstrations so people can sample our products.

COUTAL exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin. It removes impurities and refines and softens skin texture. The concentrated oils in the argan powder superhydrate the epidermis; regenerating, replenishing and nourishing the skin.

COUTAL is completely authentic and non-gimmicky. It is simply a product that works…

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iheartbags – Harris tweed bags and accessories
My company, iheartbags is pleased to introduce itself to your readers. I design and make Harris tweed bags and accessories. I started off a couple of years ago making bags for friends before finding some Harris tweed and have not done any other make since then. I develop different styles suggested by my customers, such as tote bags of two sizes. I also make I-pad and kindle covers as well as phone covers and cushions. I have a small workroom which is packed with tweeds and enjoy spending as many hours sewing as possible.

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Unique Shabby Chic
We are two ladies who created a company with a vision to make original hand crafted gifts from scratch. We work from home and love attending craft fayres. We also sell online at www.facebook.com/unique.shabbychic.589. Bespoke wooden gifts hand crafted with love and personalised to order. Your vision is our creation. If in doubt add glitter ♥

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The Wee Fudge Company
The Wee Fudge Company is an award winning artisan producer of Scottish Fudge. Voted Best Producer at Feastren 2012 the business also holds a Great Taste Award and was a finalist in the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2014. They will be selling an extensive range of fresh fudge made from fine natural ingredients; all free of artificial additives, colourings and flavourings.

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Glam Glass

Local artisan glassware. Individually designed and handcrafted pieces to provide sparkle to your home, or a special gift. From beautiful plates,bowls and coasters to stunning light catching candle waves, suncatchers and tealight holders. Each item is unique and crafted by me in my own studio. Commissions a speciality. Classes and workshops available. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glamglass2.

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Chocolaaah!
I’m a small, fledgling company based in Hyndford Bridge, and I started making chocolate goodies last year with the view to being able to work from home. Everything is made by my own fair hands, adding no artificial preservatives. My filled chocolates don’t have a long shelf life because of this, but this just means that there’s no excuse for not eating them straight away! I also produce novelty chocolate gifts such as hand decorated chocolate shoes, champagne bottles, mini chocolate pizzas, thank you gifts for teachers, teapots…anything that’s hopefully just a little bit different. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Chocolaaah

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Lilias Silk Paintings
As a Silk Painter working from my own studio in the south side of Glasgow,I exhibit and sell throughout Scotland including Paisley Art Gallery,Auld Kirk Museum,Stirling Castle and Kirkcubright Art Festival. Working on pure silk with vibrant dyes I specialise in the “Gutta Resist” technique which allows me to indulge my passion for unusual architecture.My quirky buildings and atmospheric landscapes are inspired by our travels throughout Scotland and Ireland. My work also includes handpainted silk scarves,ties,corsages and cards with many pieces going abroad. I am happy to accept painting commissions. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiliasSilkPaintings

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Damn Delicious
We are a family run farm based near Biggar, Scotland and we take great pride in using unique and natural farming methods to ensure that our meat is of the finest quality and always tastes absolutely delicious – it’s meat like it should be. At the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair we will be offering our Amazing Damn Delicious Aberdeen Angus Burgers as well as Wild Venison Burgers. We will also have a selection of our Grass fed Natural Beef and Lamb  for sale. Visit our website or join us on Facebook.

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Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership – Victorian Tour
Come say hello to the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership team and find out what projects they’re working on which celebrate and enhance the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the area from ancient wooded gorges to designed landscapes. Join the free Victorian themed tour to Corra Linn by booking at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Clydesdale Community Initiatives – Free woodworking course
Join the FREE Green Woodworking Course and make your own stool with Clydesdale Community Initiatives! Specialist workshops start at 11am and 2pm, lasting 2 hours each. Materials and equipment are provided free of charge but places are limited so call 01555 664 211 or email [email protected] to book, quick!

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RSPB Scotland – sowing wildflower seeds
Come along and sow some wildflower seeds with RSPB Scotland. These will grow into some beautiful plants that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. You can also find out about the stunning Baron’s Haugh RSPB nature reserve in Motherwell. You can visit our website here!

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 Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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17/04/15 Talks at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Talking ‘Full Circle’ with Docey Lewis

Talking ‘Full Circle’ with Docey Lewis

We’re delighted to welcome to the New Lanark Blog, Docey Lewis – a direct descendant of Robert Owen. Ahead of her talk at New Lanark on Friday 24th April (£4 tickets available here) Docey has blogged for us with a taster of what she”ll be discussing…

What would Robert Owen have thought of corporate social responsibility, fair trade, employee-owned companies, carbon neutral product manufacturing, zero waste-to-landfill, LEED points and so many other modern business practices?

Imagine Robert Owen’s Facebook page or perhaps picture him debating Pope Francis or having a conversation with the Dalai Lama on YouTube. What would his Tweets say?

Would he oppose GMO foods, be a vegan, or demand organic cotton for his factories?

Would he be a champion of distance learning, work globally to educate women and girls? Would he be a pioneer on social, environmental and economic frontiers? Would he have found sympathetic investors through crowdfunding on Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Would his big ideas have spread virally, globally? What would his Ted Talk look like?

(Would Anne Caroline have enjoyed better health and accompanied Robert on his journeys?)

How much the world has changed since 1799 when Robert Owen arrived on the New Lanark scene. The technology revolution may have made the world seem a smaller place, but all our connectivity, productivity and mobility have exponentially multiplied the options for how and where to make one’s life and livelihood and how to spread one’s ideas.

Robert Owen’s impact on my life started in early childhood, when two of the books my grandmother read to me were Town of the Fearless and The Bekoning Road, both involving Robert Owen’s Utopian experiment in New Harmony, Indiana. I first visited New Harmony when I was ten years old, for the dedication of Philip Johnson’s Roofless Church. My first large weaving commission was in 1974 for the New Harmony Inn. I designed the wool yarn for and wove 60 bedspreads by hand on a wide fly shuttle loom. In 1967 my mother became active with the Cooperative League of the USA and until her death in 1983, traveled the world, lecturing on Robert Owen and the cooperative movement. She also wrote a book entitled Look to the Distaff which is a compilation of Owen family letters going back five generations. She wrote long letters to me about her numerous trips to New Lanark and New Harmony. And now, I find myself not only living in New Harmony, but making regular pilgrimages to New Lanark myself.

I’m so looking forward to sharing the story of “Full Circle,” the (mostly textile) design and development work being done in partnership with our international buyers and the producer groups we work closely with in the developing world. Robert Owen’s philosophy and big ideas have informed our work and continue to inspire us.

Full Circle Logo

Full Circle Logo

 

Docey Lewis – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Tickets for Docey’s talk at New Lanark on Friday 24th April are available to purchase by calling 01555 661345, emailing [email protected] or online.

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Salleri Monastery School (Our program supports the meals for the boarding students)

Weavers@EAPFactory - The weavers are at our main woven wall covering factory in Kathmandu

Weavers @ EAPFactory – The weavers are at our main woven wall covering factory in Kathmandu

VocationalSchool- EAP (Everest Art Paper--our partner business in Nepal-- is in partnership with the World Food Programme and Himalayan Health and Environmental Services Solukhumbu (HESS) on running short term training programs

Vocational School- EAP (Everest Art Paper–our partner business in Nepal– is in partnership with the World Food Programme and Himalayan Health and Environmental Services Solukhumbu (HESS) on running short term training programs

HempYarnKnotters - Some of our cottage industry subcontractors for yarn preparation

Hemp Yarn Knotters – Some of our cottage industry subcontractors for yarn preparation

OwenLewis@vocationalschool - Training center in the mountains of Solukhumbu (Owen and I volunteer there 1-2 times per year); we design the curiculuum, teach, and then hire the trainees

Owen Lewis@vocationalschool – Training center in the mountains of Solukhumbu (Owen and I volunteer there 1-2 times per year); we design the curiculuum, teach, and then hire the trainees

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14/04/15 A Visitor's View # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

Are you looking to spend a fantastic day out in a nature reserve? Do you want to get back to the past and experience the life of an enlightened community in Europe? If so you must visit the New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.

Throughout the Easter weekend the site organised two events – Easter Holidays Daily Tours and Peregrine Watch with Scottish Wildlife Trust Association.

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PEREGRINE WATCH TRAIL

From the 3rd to the 6th of April in the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve there was the Easter Weekend Special at the Peregrine Watch. This special event has encouraged people to visit the viewing station, which has the best views of nesting peregrine falcons in Britain! We followed the red trail called the “Clyde Walkway”. On this trail all visitors learn about these lovely wild creatures in 10 exciting stages. At each of the stages there is a quiz and you can check your answers at the end of the trail in the viewing station.

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The trail goes along the beautiful, tumbling River Clyde. It was easy to miss some of the stages because of the awe-inspiring natural beauty and scenery all around. An interesting fact is that the area has been a conservation success story with peregrine falcons returning to nest there in 1997 after a long absence. People coming back from the viewing station were very excited that they had seen peregrines. Their excitement was understandable, I discovered, when we reached the viewing station. At the station staff were describing exactly what was happening with the nesting peregrines. The brilliant thing was that you could look at any time through telescopes if you had not brought your own binoculars. We saw a sitting female peregrine and something more exciting- a peregrine eating it’s mid-air caught pigeon.

New Lanark nature reserve

New Lanark - Bonnington Linn

Don’t worry if you missed the Easter Weekend Special, you can still follow the peregrine clue trail until the 21st of June from 10am to 4pm or you can visit the Scottish Wildlife Trust website to see peregrines live on webcam! I warmly recommend it.

THE NEW LANARK TOURS

During the school holiday period until the 19th of April you can take part in the Easter Holidays Daily Tours with one of New Lanark’s guides. The first group of 25 people leaves the reception every day at 2pm and goes to the Millworkers’ Houses and The New Lanark Village Store.

New Lanark tours

New Lanark tours

This 45 minute tour takes you back into the past, to the 1820s when workers’ families often lived 10 in one small room. Our guide Lesley brought the past of New Lanark back to life in a fantastic, humorous and interesting way. It was surprising, especially for younger visitors, to hear how people were lived in such different conditions to the modern day. The room from the 1930s showed the contrast in living standards. The oldest visitors in our group remembered their childhood homes, so it was nice to hear them share their stories.

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The second part of the tour was in The New Lanark Store, established in 1813 by Robert Owen. It provided goods at retail prices so that anyone in the village could buy whatever they needed. From the historic displays you can find out how New Lanark became the biggest cotton mill in Scotland exporting vast amounts of cotton, how the manufacturing looks today and which famous brands use organic cotton made in New Lanark.

New Lanark Roof Garden

New Lanark buildings

After this short but brilliant tour you can continue to explore the rest of the interesting sites. Highly recommended is taking part in the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, where you really feel like you going back in time in a dark ride which features mill girl Annie who magically appears and reveals the amazing story of her life and times in New Lanark in 1820. If you then take a rest on the Roof Garden you will be delighted by the stunning views around New Lanark and the River Clyde. Don’t forget to take your children to Clearburn Picnic & Play Area, which opened last year. It has a fantastic giant willow storytelling dome, bug hotels and a secret hideaway tree house. Your kids will love this unique adventure playground!

It has surely proven to be one of the best places to visit in Scotland!

Scotland Traveloholic – New Lanark Guest Blogger
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10/04/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Hi there, do you notice anything different? It might just be my amazing new outfit! In my last blog I was looking through all of the entries from the Dress Ted competition we ran with New Lanark Primary School. It was really hard to pick the winner, but in the end P7 pupil Kiera Lee Donaghy’s design caught my eye! Using New Lanark wool shades like Sky, Clementine and Copper Blue I thought it was perfect looking for spring – and the cap will help to keep the sun out of my eyes. Janice from the New Lanark Visitor Centre very kindly then knitted up Kiera’s design into my new outfit. I’ll have to get a wardrobe soon to keep them all in! Take a look at Kiera’s great design and the runners up from the rest of the school classes.

 

Dress Ted winners

Dress Ted winners

I showcased my new outfit at the New Lanark Easter Egg-Stravaganza last weekend. What an amazing couple of days! I met up with my old pal the Easter Bunny and we had a great day meeting hundreds of families who were down at New Lanark enjoying the sunshine and all of the fun Easter activities. Did you go along? We’d love to know if you enjoyed yourselves, you can tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey.

Ted at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza

On Wednesday 8th April I went down to Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area to catch up with the folks from Clydesdale Community Initiatives who were running free nature workshops for families. Everyone was really busy working on the bug hotel, wild flower seed sowing , pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance – all to keep Clearburn nice and tidy and get it ready for the summer months!

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Taking a seat in the Willow Dome…

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Clearing out Clearburn river!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Sowing seeds!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Check into the Bug Hotel!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Trying out some willow weaving

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Keeping the pathway tidy!

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running more workshops at Clearburn in the summer, here’s all the details:

 

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 3rd June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Learn about plant anatomy and wild flower ID workshop plus tidy up for summer. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 24th June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Workshop including wild flower foray and maintenance. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

 

After getting my nature fill at Clearburn I popped into the new Homecoming exhibition in Robert Owen’s School for Children which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. This really interesting exhibition explores the lives of the families who have lived and worked at New Lanark for generations. From owners including David Dale and Robert Owen to villagers and millworkers, it traces family histories and connections formed throughout the world. I wonder if they can trace my teddy bear ancestors?

Ted at New Lanark's Homecoming exhibition

Later on this month I’m looking forward to the Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture on Friday 24th April. This year Docey Lewis is speaking at it, she’s a direct descendant of Robert Owen! Docey is a textile designer, and she’ll be talking about developing the Full Circle programme – a community development and social enterprise project in the mountains of Nepal which uses 17th and 18th century weaving and spinning skills for 21st century projects! Tickets for the talk are £4 and you can buy them here, call 01555 661345 or buy them at the door.

I’ve got a grumble in my tummy thinking about all of the tasty treats that will be on sale at the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May. This year’s event is going to be better than ever as we’re celebrating Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with lots of local produce, crafters, gifts and of course – New Lanark wool and textiles. The fair is open 10am-4pm and entry is free, so I’ll see you there!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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07/04/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Thrushes singing, woodpeckers drumming and robins courting in the woods all around – it’s springtime at New Lanark!  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the bright yellow daffodils are a cheerful sight beside the faded, wispy grasses.  The ‘Garden in the Sky’ also recently witnessed two exciting events.  On 20 March a small group of people watched the amazing partial eclipse of the sun from the viewing platform, and, once again, the Stargazing event was a huge success, with Venus and a slender crescent moon creating a stunning display up above.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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25/03/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

New Lanark Wool & Textiles are delighted to introduce 5 new shades of New Lanark wool which have been inspired by the beautiful cities of Italy. The vibrant shades add a splash of colour to the range of New Lanark wools, and are perfect for creating eye-catching Spring/Summer garments.

The balls of 100% Pure Wool are currently available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Shop in ‘Double Knitting’ and ‘Aran’ varieties, with ‘Chunky’ coming soon! Aran is also available to purchase in our online shop. 

Aran is priced at £4.50 per 100g, and Double Knitting is priced at £3.50 per 50g.

Take a look at the colours below and please let us know what you think by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or posting on our Facebook wall!

 

Milano – A bright purple shade with blue undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Milano

 

Roma – A rich red shade with blue and yellow nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Roma

 

Verdi – An eye-catching green shade with light yellow and cream nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Verdi

 

Como – A beautiful blue shade with teal undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Como

 

Verona – A warm purple shade with pink undertones.

New Lanark Wool - Verona

Happy Knitting – Italiano style!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer 

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23/03/15 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Ahead of the ‘Laughs and Landscapes’ exhibition opening at New Lanark on 31 March, we were delighted to welcome Mark Melville from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire to write a guest blog to introduce the project…

“They say time flies when you’re having fun and this might explain were the last two years have gone on the Laughs and Landscapes heritage media project.

The project set out nearly two years ago to engage unemployed young people with their local heritage by using the creative industries and development of media skills as a tool for this, we had volunteers participating in all kinds of creative workshops and doing everything from going on photography expeditions, making documentary films of local heritage locations and delivering a fantastic digital transfer service in the community offering to transfer community cine-films and old 35mm photographic slides to digital formats.

 

Laughs and Landscapes

 
The work that was done all formed part of our Laughs and Landscapes touring exhibition showcasing the volunteer’s hard work and achievements.
 
The laughs and landscapes project really has been an education for the young people involved, getting the opportunity to shadow and learn from media industry practitioners and participating on projects that covered the stories of places like New Lanark, David Livingston, the Coal-burn miners and even a World War 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke to name a few of the historical projects.
 
In terms of successes along the way there has been some great ones! a Local MSP put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament for our Laughs and Landscapes project which was backed by several more MSP’s, we showcased an excellent project documentary film at the South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival last year, we digitized and enhanced long lost 100 year old glass slides found in an attic that documented a world war 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke and last but not least many of our participants have gone on to develop new found confidence and aptitude’s and found work and college opportunities thanks to the experiences they have gained on the project and work portfolios.
 
The touring Exhibitions have been well received as well with fantastic comments being left in the book from far flung places such as China, Palestine and Australia.
 
All in all I feel the project has been a brilliant success having seen first-hand how it has built confidence and created positive changes in the young people involved in the project, it has allowed them to celebrate and showcase their talents and successes and in turn they have developed a wealth of knowledge with regards to local history and learned about things they would never have thought about researching beforehand.
The next Laughs and Landscapes project exhibition is at New Lanark starting on 31 March 2015 – So why not come along and see for yourself the great work being done.”

 

Mark Melville, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire – Guest Blogger

 

Entry to the exhibition is free, and runs until Monday 27th April 2015 in the New Lanark River Room.

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Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve had a very busy March so far taking trips to other visitor attractions in Scotland, and have even been working on my wardrobe with New Lanark Primary…but more about that later!

Battle of Bannockburn
Last week I packed my backpack, donned my cardigan and headed to The Battle of Bannockburn experience with some of my friends at New Lanark. When we got there we met lots of other people from visitor attractions across Scotland through who are all linked together through ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions)…I can’t wait until I get the chance to visit another attraction! All offers to my personal assistant [email protected].

 

Ted and Robert the Bruce statue

We had a brilliant day at the Bannockburn Experience. First of all we entered the ‘Prepare for Battle’ room where you can discover the weapons used in the battle, experience 3D film all around you and best of all – talk to some characters who would have been involved in the battle. I liked this bit the best and think it would be really cool at New Lanark, what kind of stories would you like to hear from people who used to live/work in the mills? Let me know by commenting below.

Bannockburn Experience

After ‘preparing for Battle’ we put the tactics we had learned to good use and teamed up as the Scottish and English army to play against each other in an interactive Battle Game!

Battle Game

Fresh from battle I met up with Bruce the Bear who lives at the Bannockburn Experience. I commented that he looked a lot more regal than me so he suggested trying on some of the chainmail and other armour soldiers would have worn in 1314. Wow, that stuff is heavy!

Ted and Bruce the bear in chainmail

New Lanark Primary ‘Dress Ted’ competition
After my trip to the Battle of Bannockburn I went to see the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, and ventured more locally to New Lanark Primary School. As my cardigan and wooly hat are getting a bit warm for Spring, the pupils have entered a competition to design me a new outfit fit for a Spring Fling! I’ve had a look at some of the entries so far and there are some very talented children at the school. Keep an eye out for my April blog as I’ll be modelling the winning entry!
Ted and his Dress Ted competition entries

I’ve also been busy helping the New Lanark team get ready for Stargazing LIVE this weekend on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March. (5-8.30pm) The event is going to be great, with a talk from Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Stargazing on the Roof Garden and some amazing Cosmic Crafts – including this ‘Build your own Jet Pack’!
Ted and his Stargazing LIVE jetpack
The £4 tickets are selling really fast, and Saturday night has now sold out totally! If you want to go along to the Sunday night try and book them as soon as possible by calling 01555 66134, emailing [email protected] or buy them online.

After Stargazing LIVE there are lots of fun Easter events happening at New Lanark in April. You can visit this page on the New Lanark website to find out lots more about them, but here’s a wee idea of what will be going on:

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April – Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th April – Easter Holidays Daily Tours
Wednesday 8th April – Clearburn Family Drop-in nature workshop
7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th April – Easter Craft Workshops

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to meet the Easter Bunny!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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16/03/15 A Visitor's View , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Donna Mairi MacIver

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Donna Mairi MacIver

We were delighted to welcome blogger Donna from www.ordinarywanders.com to write a guest blog for us on her trip to New Lanark. Have a read to find out what she enjoyed most about her visit…

 

What does the world famous Smithsonian Museum have in common with a small mill town in the south of Scotland? The answer lies in the heart of the New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our journey back to the 19th century began with our descent into the village from the car park. The rows of perfectly symmetrical buildings stand seemingly untouched. The River Clyde continues to flow through the site and churns as it ever did, though no longer in demand as the lifeblood of these once great mills. So much has changed at New Lanark due to the renovations which brought the original buildings back to life, but there is a sense that the true heart of this old mill town has endured.

Rooftops of New Lanark

I didn’t know much about Robert Owen, one time owner of the New Lanark mills, until I visited this famous historical landmark on that cold, grey day in February. Just walking around this site allows visitors to gain an understanding of what Owen wanted to achieve whilst in charge of the mills. His words are quoted throughout the town and provide a great insight into his forward-thinking views, which were sometimes deemed to be quite controversial.

Robert Owen's quotes at New Lanark

This is such an inspirational place to visit – here are just some of my personal highlights from the New Lanark Visitor Centre:

  • The Annie MacLeod Experience

This is a great little ride that allows visitors to gain an insight into life in New Lanark. Annie MacLeod, the ghost of a girl who worked in the mills in 1820, hosts the ride. She introduced us to some of Owens’ modern ideas, such as a workers sick fund and shorter working days. The rides’ effects and illusions were a real treat and I think it’s the perfect way to engage children with the reality of life in the 1800’s.

  • Robert Owen’s School.

Owen believed in community and education. Most notably, whilst other young people around the country were put to work almost as soon as they could walk, those of New Lanark were being encouraged to stay in school.  In this model classroom there are lots of things that you would expect to see; benches for the children to sit on, slates to write on, a lectern. There is also a replica cage that was once used to house a real crocodile. Owen was no ordinary man and the education he insisted on for the mill children was certainly not ordinary. He really was a person before his time and this classroom is indicative of that.

Robert Owen's School for Children

  • The Mill Café & Shop

The Mill Café has a great selection of refreshments and our generous soup and sandwich lunch kept us full until teatime (that’s dinner time to any non-Scottish readers!) The star of the show, though, was the coffee. The perfect, frothy latte I received really set me up for heading back out into the damp Scottish afternoon. We could have sat in this busy little café for the rest of our visit, if only the sites we had passed on the way in hadn’t called out to be explored.

Though the mills no longer work to full capacity, traditional methods are still used to produce smaller amounts of New Lanark wool. This can be bought in the on-site Mill Shop alongside lots of other locally sourced gifts and trinkets. It’s a real treasure trove there and well worth taking the time to look around.

Coffee in the Mill Café

  • Robert Owen’s House

This was the last stop on our tour and it felt like the satisfactory end to an epic journey. Inside there are replicas of the rooms that the Owen family stayed in. There is also a small exhibition that informs visitors about what became of the Owen family after they left New Lanark. The world famous Smithsonian museum? It was Robert Owen’s son who proposed its creation via the United States Congress. The Owen family all continued to do great things once they left Scotland, including; campaigning for gender rights, championing the resettlement of freed slaves in North America and establishing the first kindergarten in the US.

Other historical buildings include a replica of the mill workers accommodation and of the Village Store that once served the whole town, where you can still buy a treat or two. If you’d like more time to wander around the site you can choose to stay for a few nights in one of the renovated mills, which has been turned into the New Lanark Mill Hotel, or the Wee Row Hostel. And if you really enjoy your visit, you can even choose to stay on a more permanent basis in one of the local residential houses – though these are so popular they are swept off the market almost as soon as they appear.

Whatever the reason for your visit, I can guarantee you will leave inspired by the story of Robert Owen, his perseverance and his ambitions to make the world around him a better place. I know that I did.

Guest blogger – Donna Mairi MacIver

www.ordinarywanders.com

 

If you would be interested in writing a Visitor’s View Blog on your trip to New Lanark, please email [email protected] 

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