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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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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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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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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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19/04/17 Uncategorized # , , , , , , ,

A taster of Archaeology at New Lanark

A taster of Archaeology at New Lanark

On Tuesday 18th April New Lanark took part in the global ‘World Heritage Day’ celebrations, showcasing what makes each of the 1,052 UNESCO World Heritage Sites unique and worthy of “outstanding universal value”.

A variety of activities took place at New Lanark over the Easter weekend from 16th – 18th April – all celebrating our unique heritage. These ranged from a Scanathon on Monday, a yarnbomb on Tuesday (you can read all about it here) and three days of Archaeology Taster Tours!

The tours were designed to give visitors a unique opportunity to get a taster of archaeology by seeing volunteers at work excavating post-abandonment deposits from 1 Double Row’s basement. There was an archaeologist on hand to explain the process and let visitors know about any interesting “finds”. As well as visiting the Double Row tenement block, the tour also visited the site of Mantilla Row where visitors had the chance to find out more about this lost building in New Lanark’s history. The tours were delivered by Northlight Heritage.

We went along on the last tour of the series on World Heritage Day…

Inspecting the visible (above ground) archaeology of Mill One – New Lanark Mill Hotel

After three days of excavation work the volunteers begin the backfilling so as to protect the finds for future generations and minimise disruption to the excavated area

Showing some of the fantastic restoration work to the exterior of Double Row

Feature details, like these wrought iron air vents have been maintained throughout the building to create a high-quality and authentic historic conservation

Amy, an Archaeology Student from the University of Glasgow has been volunteering on the Double Row excavation project

One of the three trenches excavated in the basement of 1 Double Row

Excavations have uncovered the fascinating area of paving stones, deliberately arranged so as to have a defined, curved edge – perhaps to allow the flow of another pathway from the doorway into the basement

The scaffolding is in the process of being removed at Double Row

Finishing touches on the stonework

Next on the tour, we saw the demarcation of Mantilla Row – where the exterior walls, doors and windows would have stood

The little-known history of Mantilla Row

A fascinating insight into the many names Mantilla Row has been known as through the years – the exact origins of its name are still unknown, but the presiding theory is that the name has evolved over the years through oral tradition and may have also been altered through interpretation of handwriting or accents!

 

The Archaeology Taster Tours were funded by a Townscape Heritage / Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme which is taking place at New Lanark over the next three years. Phase 1 of this large scale restoration project began in March 2016 and consisted of the restoration of Double Row, an 18th century tenement building. In 2017, Phase 2 of this project will include the construction of low rubble walls to indicate where the Mantilla Row tenement once stood before its demolition in 1988 and the repair and consolidation of the Church Wall. Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

 

If you would like to be kept up to date about any future activities linked to the project please sign up for New Lanark’s monthly e-newsletter here.

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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New Bucket List Challenge Launched on World Heritage Day

New Bucket List Challenge Launched on World Heritage Day

Scotland’s six most iconic sites celebrated as part of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza and Machu Picchu are at the top of many traveller’s lists – but did you know that Scotland has six World Heritage Sites of its very own? To help bring this “wanderlust” closer to home, Dig It! 2017 has launched a new Bucket List starring these six marvels of ingenuity and imagination.

According to the United Nations, these places have special importance for everyone. They represent unique (or the most significant or best) examples of the world’s cultural heritage. Scotland’s sites cover over 5,000 years of history and range from a mysterious group of Neolithic monuments in Orkney to a picturesque cotton mill village in Lanark.

The challenge was issued as part of the Scotland in Six series of events running on World Heritage Day – Tuesday 18 April 2017. Coordinated by Dig It! 2017 and supported by EventScotland, the six events ranged from a 1:1 scale Minecraft recreation of St Kilda to a Battle of the Bands, which pitted New Town against Old Town with Georgian-era musicians and medieval minstrels performing across Edinburgh.

 

Culture and Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Scotland’s six iconic World Heritage Sites are magnificent. They are of international significance and attract thousands of visitors every year.

“This challenge, part of Dig It! 2017, will encourage tourists from home and abroad to discover some of Scotland’s finest attractions.

“History and heritage is a key driver for visits to Scotland, which is why in 2017 we are celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”

 

Dr Rebecca Jones, Head of the Archaeology and World Heritage Team at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“A lot of bucket list challenges are long and unwieldy and arguably pretty difficult to achieve, but the great thing about putting Scotland’s six World Heritage sites on your bucket list is that experiencing them all is perfectly possible – and indeed advisable!

Each of these iconic sites has something different to offer, from the stunning prehistoric monuments of ancient Orkney to the meticulously built 2,000 year old Roman frontier of the Antonine Wall; from the social impact of New Lanark, one of the largest industrial sites in the world, to the Forth Bridge, an internationally renowned feat of engineering. Ticking off the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s iconic Old and New Towns before braving the journey across the sea to the now-uninhabited island beauty of St Kilda is enough to take your breath away.

We hope Dig It! 2017’s Bucket List will encourage more people than ever before to travel to Scotland’s incredible World Heritage Sites in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”

 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

“With over one third of visitors drawn to Scotland for its history and culture, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 is an exciting opportunity to relive Scotland’s fascinating past.

“Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites are truly iconic attractions, drawing thousands of visitors from around the globe every year. 

“We are sure this Bucket List challenge, and the other fantastic events planned to celebrate World Heritage Day, will encourage even more visitors to experience the wonders of our World Heritage Sites.”

 

The Bucket List was created by Dig It! 2017 with support from Historic Environment Scotland and EventScotland. The free list is now available on the Dig It! 2017 website.

To explore the Bucket List and learn more about Scotland’s six sites, visit DigIt2017.com/WorldHeritageSites

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