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19/05/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Family history talk by the Genealogy Detective!

Family history talk by the Genealogy Detective!

Come along to our talk on Friday night (22nd May) where Liz Irving, the Genealogy Detective will be discussing how to use fascinating sources to can add facts, context and colour to your family tree. Tickets are £4 and can be booked by calling 01555 661345 or ‘on the door’ on the night.

 

Here’s a guest blog from Liz to give you a flavour of what she’ll be discussing on the night…

Researching your family history is an absorbing and fascinating activity, but really getting to know your ancestors involves more than simply finding out their names and the dates and places of their birth, marriage and death.

In Scotland we’re lucky to have easy access to these “vital” or Statutory Records, along with other resources like Old Parish Registers, censuses and wills (known as Testaments).  We can work back through the decades and build up a family tree to be proud of.  But if you know where to look there’s much, much more that you can find out about your family, their neighbours, community and the world they lived in.

Being a genealogy detective means following clues, searching for evidence and building up a picture of our forebears and their lives.

New Lanark is a very special place, and its origins as a mill village have led to a large number of records specific to this community being kept together.  Glasgow University Archives holds a myriad of “name rich” material – including rent, wages and school certificate books, medical reports, letters, even a petition signed by villagers who wanted to continue worshipping in the village’s Old Gaelic Chapel.  Imagine the excitement of seeing your ancestor’s signature from a century or more ago.

Other archives and libraries also hold original volumes that record people’s lives in the past in intimate detail.

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It’s sad but true that our ancestors often turn up in official records when they’re having a hard time.  So the birth of an illegitimate child can lead to a mother appearing in Sheriff Court records as she attempts to have the father of her baby legally identified.  An accident and the resultant inability to work may mean an application under the Poor Law, when an inspector would visit and record in detail the circumstances of the applicant, spouse, and wider family members.  Committing a crime and being imprisoned can produce entries in prison registers, newspaper reports and even transportation records – often including a detailed description of the person.  And being accused of what may seem to us quite minor misdemeanours – such as “horrid swearing” – could see a person appearing before the Kirk Session for censure.

The Lanark Prison Register from May 1859 records that Elizabeth Nichol, a 16-year old millworker was accused of “theft of silver money”.  From this book, held at National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, we also learn that Elizabeth had been born in Ireland but spent most of her life in Lanark.  She was a Roman Catholic, 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighed 110 pounds, had a swarthy complexion, dark hair and black eyes.  Elizabeth couldn’t read or write, but her health was good.  She was liberated after spending one day in prison, her conduct said to be “tolerable”.

Thirty-five years later, another New Lanark resident found that with his eyesight fading he could do little work as a tailor.  He was Patrick McGuckian, who lived in Double Row with his wife Euphemia.  In September 1894 he applied for Poor Relief, and the Inspector recorded details of the couple’s birthplaces in Ireland, the names and occupations of their parents, Euphemia’s state of health, and the names, ages and spouses of their grown-up children.  The report – held in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow – even reveals that Patrick and Euphemia had seven grandchildren, a two-apartment house that was “comfortably furnished”, and that while Patrick had resided in New Lanark for around 60 years, he had spent three months in America in 1857.

Documents like these turn our ancestors’ lives from monochrome to colour, words written in fading ink bring us details we could never have imagined.  We become time travellers, dipping into previous centuries.

Let’s jump back to the late 18th century, when David Dale of New Lanark Mills was paying three pounds, eighteen shillings tax for having fourteen windows, and fifteen shillings for having four clocks.  Or to 1823 when the Moderator of Lanark Kirk Session was admonishing “at great length” Elizabeth Dewar of New Lanark for her sin of Fornication, though he later absolved her from the scandal and restored her to church privileges.

Most heartbreaking of all, we find ourselves in March 1918 when Samuel Barr of the Gordon Highlanders was writing a will in his army paybook, leaving all he had to his four motherless children.  Less than three weeks later he was dead and his mother in New Lanark was embarking on a correspondence with the authorities to ensure her orphaned grandchildren would be cared for.  She also received and signed for her son’s effects – letters and photographs, his war medals and a gold ring.

These people come alive again as we see their handwriting, read their words, discover how they lived and understand their joys and sorrows.

Liz Irving – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Tickets for Liz’s talk on Friday 22 May are £4 and can be booked by calling 01555 661345 or ‘on the door’ on the night. http://bit.ly/1zR24ci

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12/05/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

10 things you might not know about Robert Owen…

10 things you might not know about Robert Owen…

We’re celebrating the anniversary of Robert Owen’s birthday by looking at some of the fascinating social reforms he made at New Lanark, and some interesting facts about his life! 

 

1. Robert Owen was born on the 14th May 1771, in Newtown, a small market town in Wales. His father was the local saddler and ironmonger, and Robert was the sixth of seven children, two of whom died young.

 

2. Robert Owen was a bright boy, musical, good at sports and took dancing lessons as a child leading to him becoming the best dancer in his class! He was also a keen reader, and as the son of one of Newton’s leading citizens, he had access to the libraries of the local clergyman, physician and lawyer. It was there he would have discovered one of his favourite books, Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”.

 

3. Robert Owen is said to have had a very strange relationship with food owing to his “bad digestion” which was caused by him severely burning his insides with a gulp of boiling hot flummery (a welsh dish made from flour, similar to porridge) when he was 5 years old. Talking about the incident in his Life written eighty years later, he says “my stomach became incapable of digesting food, except the most simple and in small quantity at a time”. Despite his troubles with food, his favourite pudding as a young man was apple dumpling. Whilst at work his cook is said to have asked him what he liked for lunch, to be met with the reply “an apple dumpling…and anything else you like”.

 

4. Before coming to New Lanark Robert Owen apprenticed with a Scots draper in Lincolnshire, worked in a drapery in Manchester, set up a spinning “mules” manufacturing enterprise and worked as a manager at Drinkwater’s Bank Top Mill in Manchester – all before he was 20! He was then a founding partner of the Chorlton Twist Company, and it was on a business trip with this company to Glasgow that he met Caroline Dale, the daughter of New Lanark Mills’ current owner – David Dale.

 

5. After marrying Caroline Dale in 1799, Robert Owen took up management of the New Lanark Mills on New Year’s Day 1800. The first period of his management was characterised by his efforts to expand the business and make it more efficient. Not only was he committed to running his business more effectively, he was also dedicated to improving the lives of those living and working in the village. To do this he made a number of important social reforms during his 25 years as manager, including:

  • Phasing out the employment of young children as unpaid apprentices
  • Reducing the length of the working day
  • Setting up a Sickness Fund and providing free medical care
  • Building a new Village Store which sold quality goods at reasonable prices
  • Introducing street cleaning services
  • Establishing an innovative education system for the whole population of New Lanark (see points 6 & 7 for more detail)
A representation of the Village Store is part of our Visitor Centre
A representation of the Village Store is now part of our Visitor Centre

 

6. Robert Owen believed that education was key to forming a society which would be free from crime and poverty. To support his grand educational plans, in 1809 he planned two large buildings, the “New Institute for the Formation of Character” and the “School for Children”. His current business partners were unhappy with the prospect of so much money being spent on schools, and in 1813 matters came to a head with the mills being advertised for sale. Owen’s discontented partners hoped to buy him out, but with the help of new investors, who were sympathetic to his ideas, Owen was successful in his bid to retain ownership of the mils. “The Institute” was finally opened on New Year’s Day 1816, and on that occasion Owen made his Address to the Inhabitants of New Lanark -a lengthy speech relived by a musical interlude halfway through! This imposing building was not only used as a school for the young, but also for evening lectures and concerts for the workers – the first attempt at introducing adult education to the working classes.

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The Institute is now home to our Visitor Centre reception and temporary exhibitions

 

7. Robert Owen is credited with forming the first infant school in the world! Whilst their parents were working in the mills children aged 3 to 6 were taught to share and be kind to each other, and were not “annoyed with books” until they were a little older. From 7 to 12 years children were taught a wide range of subjects including history, geography, nature study, art, singing and dancing. There were no rewards and no punishments, as Owen believed there was no need for either in a system where the children were interested in what they were doing and enjoying their lessons. The lessons were taught in spacious classrooms which were adorned with wall maps, bright pictures of animals and friezes.

The Historic Classroom is now part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre

The Historic Classroom is now part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre

 

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8. Robert Owen was opposed to corporal punishment as a means of discipline at work. Instead, a four-sided block of wood called a “Silent Monitor” was hung by each worker, and turned each day by the superintendant of the department to show how well the worker had behaved. Black=Bad, Blue=indifferent, Yellow=good and white = excellent.

 

 

9. Despite extensive campaigning, lectures and publication of pamphlets, Owen failed to persuade other manufacturers that his social reforms could result in a profitable business. In 1825 he sold the mills at New Lanark to Charles and Henry Walker, the sons of one of his Quaker partners, and carried his campaign for a better society into the wider world – a settlement which he named New Harmony in Indiana, USA to be exact. Here he planned to create a Utopian community, in the less conservative climate of the “New World”. Sadly, Utopia was not to be instantly realised. The experiment quickly ran into trouble due to a shortage of practical skills to provide for the basic needs of the community, and Robert Owen returned to Britain in 1828. Although the Utopian experiment did not succeed in the same way as New Lanark, some of its more brilliant settlers remained and the town can boast many “firsts” in American society: the first Kindergarten, the first trade school, the first free public school, the first free library, the first civic dramatic club and one of the first organised women’s clubs, the Minerva Society.

 

10. Robert Owen had 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. Five of his children became US citizens and either lived in New Harmony or retained strong links with the settlement. Owen’s children took up prominent roles in society such as an eminent University Professor (Richard Owen) and the United States Geologist in 1839 (David Dale Owen). Most notably, Robert Dale Owen became a US Congressman and introduced the Bill to found the Smithsonian Institution, and, assisted by his brother David, drew up the initial plans for the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington D.C. (also known as “The Castle”) 

The Smithsonian Castle and Seneca Quarry

The Smithsonian Castle and Seneca Quarry

 

This is just a very small selection of excerpts from the fascinating life of Robert Owen. If you want to find out more about Robert Owen’s time at New Lanark, why not take a trip to our award winning Visitor Centre? There’s 25% off tickets throughout May with this voucher!

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

 

Sources:

Robert Owen and Food – New Lanark Trust, 1989.

The Story of Robert Owen, Fourth Edition – New Lanark Trust, 2012.

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07/05/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Ted’s May at New Lanark

Ted’s May at New Lanark

Hi again everyone, Ted here! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the nice weather (while it lasted!) There were certainly lots of visitors soaking up the sun at New Lanark whilst exploring the village, walking to the Falls, enjoying Clearburn and enjoying a New Lanark Ice Cream cone, or two!

We’re only one week into May and I’ve already been really busy at New Lanark and going ‘up the hill’ to the town of Lanark.

On Monday 4th May New Lanark hosted its annual Spring Food and Gift Fair. Over 600 visitors came down to enjoy some delicious Scottish produce and pick up some wonderful hand made crafts. I had a great day checking out all of the different stalls, and even had my first taste of the famous Arbroath Smokies!

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Getting the fish ready for the smoker!

At the weekend I also popped into the new exhibition in the River Room at New Lanark. ‘Seasonal Inspirations’ is a beautiful collection of paintings by local artists Eileen, Eve and Nancy – some of them are even available to buy. Entry to the exhibition is free, and it’s running 10am-5pm daily until the 29th of May! (closed 16th May)

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Impressive paintings at ‘Seasonal Inspirations’

Last week I took a trip up to Lanark to visit the Lanark Museum! The museum is now located within the YMCA building in the Bloomgate. It’s open from 11am-4pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from April to September. It has loads of interesting artefacts including old photographs of Lanark, historical Lanimer crowns and a stone marking where William Wallace’s house would have stood! You can find out more about the Lanark Museum online at www.lanarkmuseum.org, by visiting their Facebook page or calling 01555 666680.

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Checking out some old photographs…

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All hail King Ted!

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The crown jewels….of Lanark!

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Looking forward to Wallace Weekend on 23-24 May!

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Using the touchscreen to find out about the history of Lanark…

 

When I’ve not been gallivanting I’ve been ‘pom pom’ing!  New Lanark are planning a ‘Craft Bomb’ to join in the celebrations with the launch of Voluntary Arts Week which is all about celebrating the nation’s creativity from 15-24 May 2015. You can get involved by making a pom pom or any other knitted creation and sending it to New Lanark before 15th May. (you can drop it off at Visitor Centre reception or post to Melissa Reilly, New Lanark Trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB) They’ll then use all of the creations to decorate a secret part of New Lanark on 15th May! You can check out this great tutorial which teaches you how to make pom poms with forks and toilet rolls. 

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These pom poms are quite comfy!

 

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon! Did you know that throughout the whole of May you can get 25% off New Lanark Visitor Centre tickets by downloading this voucher, printing it off and showing at reception? What a great way to explore the award winning Visitor Centre with great attractions like the Annie McLeod Experience, Historic Classroom, Roof Garden & Clearburn Natural Play Area!

There’s lots of other great events coming up in May, including…

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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07/05/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Getting the kids outside – child friendly New Lanark!

Getting the kids outside – child friendly New Lanark!

Guest blog by Sally Rogers. 

As a mother, I seem to be constantly fighting a (mostly losing battle) with screens. I want my small brood to go outside, to engage with the world, to run and jump and use their imaginations and get all the wonderful benefits of outdoor play that I keep reading about [1]. They would rather stay inside and ‘live’ through a CGI avatar. So I’m absolutely delighted when I find somewhere for which the kids are happy to tear their eyes from the backlit LCDs and head eagerly out into the world – and not even complain about lack of wifi and charging points! New Lanark has proven to be such a place, and has been a fantastic boon to me. It’s great to watch your children using their own imaginations rather than that of a game designer. If you think that a heritage village is ‘stuffy’ and boring for kids – think again. There’s plenty for children to do, and mine are always delighted to take a trip out here.

 

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Clearburn Picnic And Play Area
I was so happy with what I found in this play area when I first visited that we’ve been back several times purely because of it. I was delighted by the response of my youngest, in particular. He was diagnosed with ADHD last year. Like many parents of children with ADHD, I tend to experience a degree of trepidation when taking him to new environments as the nature of the condition [2] means that he can have difficulty behaving normally. This doesn’t mean I don’t try, though, and this year’s discovery of the Clearburn Picnic and Play Area was a much-needed tonic for a sometimes despairing mother! The place is like an enchanted land in which he and his sister can wander, explore, and play out limitless imaginary scenarios facilitated by things like a willow tunnel, a tree house, and all the usual play equipment. His absorption in the make-believe world he finds here is total, and clearly very enjoyable. He doesn’t even squabble with his sister – not even when she wants to use the play equipment at the same time as him! After our first visit, he seemed so very happy and relaxed in himself when we got home that I was prompted to do a little research on outdoor play and ADHD. I have since discovered that outdoor play in green spaces of this kind can be fantastic for kids with ADHD [3] – so we’ll definitely be back! However, there’s more than just this play area to draw the kids…

 

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The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden [4] is my daughter’s favourite thing about this place. It’s on the top of one of the mill buildings, and gives a brilliant view of the village and surrounding area. That’s not why my daughter likes it, though. She likes the animal sculptures and the butterflies attracted by the flowers. We spent a happy half hour up here once while she followed a butterfly from bush to bush and tried to identify it with an app on her phone (yes, I know, screens again – but at least she was using it kind of productively!). Given that our children are increasingly failing to engage with nature, a resource like this which gently encourages them to enjoy the natural world of their own accord is very much needed [5]. It didn’t hurt, of course, that there were cute baby ducklings to be seen up there on one of our visits, either (even if I did spend the trip home fending off requests for a pet duck…).

 


The Historic Classroom
The Robert Owen School classroom may not be outside, exactly, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. My two both love dressing up as Victorian school children and pretending to be the offspring of mill workers for a bit. What they especially love is being able to take the costumes off at the end of it and return to being modern children. I was surprised by the depth of their understanding on our first visit – they seemed genuinely grateful for the facilities (and lack of caning!) at their primary school, and were shocked when I told them that this was one of the good places and conditions were a lot worse for most Victorian children [6]! If your kids need a sense of perspective, bring them here!

 

[1] Mark Kinver, “Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?”, BBC, Feb 2012      

[2] PsychGuides, “ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder)”

[3] Diana Yates, “For kids with ADHD, regular ‘green time’ is linked to milder symptoms”, University of Illinois, Sept 2011

[4] New Lanark Visitor Centre, “The Roof Garden”

[5] The Telegraph, “Children’s knowledge of nature is dwindling, study finds”, Apr 2015

[6] Infed, “Education in Robert Owen’s new society: the New Lanark institute and schools”

 

Please get in touch if you would be interested in writing a Visitor’s View guest blog or article for us.

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05/05/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Once again last month in New Lanark Roof Garden, a mother duck managed to lay eggs and incubate them, in total secret, before showing off her clutch of tiny ducklings to visitors. As the chicks were not able to fly back to the water, rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust quickly rescued them, and the little family were soon relocated to a more suitable habitat. As well as the duck family, a pair of wagtails were seen gathering moss and other materials for a nest somewhere nearby, perhaps across the river. And swallows have been skimming low across the fountain with great acrobatic skill. Meanwhile, let’s not forget the lovely spring flowers. ‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils are stunning with their perfumed yellow and white petals and the Woolly Willow is covered in furry catkins!

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‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils

Duck family on the move!

Duck family on the move!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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30/04/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

As part of New Lanark’s programme of externally curated exhibitions, Seasonal Inspirations will be displayed in the Institute’s River Room from Friday 1st – Friday 29th May, 10am-5pm. (Closed 16th May) Entry to view the exhibition is free!

Eileen, Evelyn and Nancy have known each other since joining two local art groups over 16 years ago and this year they decided to get together for the ‘SEASONAL INSPIRATIONS’ exhibition. Their subjects and media are varied and in this exhibition the visitor can find art works depicting landscapes, flora, seascapes and abstracts. The three artists will be in The River Room at New Lanark World Heritage Site every Tuesday in May (1pm to 3pm) to meet anyone who wishes to discuss any of the paintings on display.

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Eileen – New Lanark Guest Blogger

You can view New Lanark’s full programme of events, exhibitions, talks and tours at www.newlanark.org 

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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.

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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

Anabel’s Blog | Twitter

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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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The Linen Chest
I have had the Linen Chest for 22 years and deal in soft furnishings. I try to source all my stock in Scotland failing that UK . I have throws, cushions draught excluders (mainly in winter), coasters . Candles (which are made in Scotland), fridge magnets and small household giftware. I also have a small selection of tablecloths and napkins but usually in winter.

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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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Mulberry Foods
Selling a delicious selection of preserves, sauces and sweet treats!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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