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19/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , ,

Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

With just over one week until the New Lanark Christmas Experience opens, we’re delighted to welcome Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 DJ Gina McKie as a guest blogger here on the New Lanark Blog. Gina and fellow Clyde 1 presenter Gavin Pearson attended our Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the summer, and Gina will be working with us again to promote our Christmas Experience online and on Clyde 1 throughout December. Remember to listen out for our advert!

Here’s Gina’s first guest post:

I love Christmas. Magical surroundings always add that extra sparkle too. I am so excited to be part of the Christmas Experience this year at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I am going to be filming my experience in a few weeks and can’t wait. I have visited New Lanark many times but never over the festive period. I can smell the mince pies and mulled wine already. Oh, and If you have never tasted their own homemade Ice Cream (parma violets flavour is my favourite) then you are in for a special treat.

My first actual experience of New Lanark was a few years ago. It was a beautiful summer day and I quite simply was on a day out, discovering beautiful places in Scotland and I stumbled across New Lanark. As I approached this spectacular site, I felt as if i was driving into another world. There is a sense of peace and tranquility around this site. Everyone was so friendly. I met various tourists (from Russia to Australia) and some lively Scottish families also ‘on a good day out’. My only regret is that I didn’t stay but I definitely plan an overnight experience over the festive period.

You can’t diet at this time of year and not when you see the awesome menu of glorious food at New Lanark. I can justify this over indulgence by reassuring myself that I will have a brisk walk ‘the morning after’. If you have never felt the freshness from the Falls Of The Clyde just by New Lanark, I recommend you take a stroll. It’s beautiful and rather enchanting. Mystical and magical at this time of year.

The cotton mill village is most impressive and there are various walks and talks throughout the year, taking you back in time as you learn about the incredible life of mill manager Robert Owen. I can’t wait to see the magical touch the staff will add to the mill! The staff are more than helpful and want you to have a great time; they are full of pride and enthusiasm. Quite right too!

As I write this, I am getting in the Christmas spirit. Bring on The Christmas Experience! At New Lanark, it’s extra special this year and of course it is for the whole family. Classy and cool, you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s the The Spirit of Christmas Ride or Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat pantomime, you will just love it. Oh yes, and you are never too old for the Toy Kingdom Santa’s Grotto. There are various Christmas craft activities too and I know my nephew will spend all day making cards for the family. I hope to see you there. You will probably find me in the Mill Shop doing a little Christmas shopping for unusual gifts. Hopefully see you soon….

Gina McKie – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Tickets for the New Lanark Christmas Experience are £9.50pp, and fantastic value family tickets are available – book now.

New Lanark Christmas Experience

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12/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

We’re more than three weeks into the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and so far over 6,000 visitors have come through the doors for a chance to see the stunning Scottish artwork. With an average of 300 visitors each day, the successful running of the exhibition would not be possible without the generous help of our tapestry volunteers!

“We recently gained ‘Volunteer Friendly’ status from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, and we believe that has had a huge impact in attracting people to volunteer at the tapestry” said Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Over 30 volunteers are involved in the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and they undertake a range of tasks – from providing a friendly welcome to the exhibition and answering questions, to helping people leave their stitch on the People’s Panel. A number of the tapestry volunteers already volunteer at New Lanark in the Search Room, working on digitising the vast range of  archives from the World Heritage Site. The rest have chosen to give up their free time for a number of reasons – some have even volunteered at previous Great Tapestry exhibitions around Scotland and couldn’t resist the chance to be involved again.

We asked some of our volunteers what their favourite thing about volunteering at the Great Tapestry was:

“It’s really interesting to be volunteering here, and it’s amazing to be able to see all of the incredible detail that has went into the panels. I’ve met lots of people I wouldn’t normally have met, and it’s great to be able to answer peoples questions about the tapestry. The question I get asked most is where it’ll be exhibited next…but that’s not been announced yet!” Helen Bell

 

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to show people around the tapestry. It’s 143m long, so you really appreciate all the work that has gone into it. My favourite thing about volunteering is talking to people, and being able to answer their questions about the tapestry. I’d recommend volunteering to anyone as it’s really worthwhile, and it’s nice being able to help the public” Kenneth Ellis

 

“I helped to stitch Panel 97, and have been part of a banner group since 1990. After we stitched a banner for ‘Glasgow: City of Culture’ in 1990, we received a certificate saying we could graze our sheep and hang our washing in Glasgow Green. We told Andrew Crummy that and he included a little washing line and sheep in Panel 97’s football design! I love meeting everyone who visits the tapestry, hearing their positive comments and where they’ve come from”  Marilyn Caddell

 

“I used to teach in Carluke, so it’s been great meeting people that I wouldn’t have expected to see here: parents, pupils and friends!” Lorna Chapman

 

“I live locally and saw an advert looking for volunteers in the paper. I enjoy Arts & Crafts, and I helped embroider the Millenium Tablecloth for Lanark Rural – so it seemed like it would be very interesting to volunteer at the tapestry. It’s wonderful seeing the fantastic reception the tapestry receives from visitors from around the world” Eileen Greig

We spent the day at the Great Tapestry with our volunteers on Saturday 8th November. It was one of our busiest days with almost 500 visitors! The highlights of the day were two storytelling sessions with best-selling Scottish author Allan Burnett. Visitors young and old crowded round to hear Allan tell fantastic tales from his book “The Story of Scotland” which is inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland. From Macbeth to Mary Queen of Scots, history really came alive as Allan interpreted details from the Tapestry into fascinating Scottish stories.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Looking the part for some 16th century story telling.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Children listen on eagerly to author Allan Burnett.

There are now less than two weeks left to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark before the exhibition ends on Sunday 23 November at 5pm. (last entry 4pm) Don’t miss out!

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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04/11/14 Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: October / November 2014

Roof Garden Diary: October / November 2014

The fresh white Japanese anemones are the last of this year’s flowers in New Lanark Roof Garden.  They have looked stunning  against the backdrop of the autumn trees above the village.   Signs of the season are all around.  A robin sings from a nearby Scots Pine tree, and overhead huge skeins of geese have been seen gliding in V-shaped formation high up over New Lanark  on their way to warmer places. There’s lots to enjoy before the winter sets in!

Hornbeam and trees

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

 

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24/10/14 Events at New Lanark # , ,

Great Tapestry at New Lanark on a roll!

Great Tapestry at New Lanark on a roll!

In just 4 days, over 1,000 visitors have flocked to New Lanark World Heritage Site to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland. The tapestry exhibition opened at New Lanark on Monday 20 October, and has already been very well received with “Out of this world”, “Extremely impressive” and “Great History lesson” being among some of the comments left so far.

At 143m, this stunning Scottish artwork is the world’s largest embroidered tapestry and tells the story of Scotland’s history, from the ice age to modern times, in a series of more than 160 panels.

Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark said “We are delighted with the response to the Great Tapestry in its first week here at New Lanark. It really is the perfect setting for this spectacular work of art, and we hope many more people come down to see it over the next 4 weeks. To celebrate the tapestry being here at New Lanark we have an exciting programme of free workshops, talks and exhibitions going on – all the details are on our website

So far this year the tapestry has been visited by more than 100,000 people as it has been exhibited throughout Scotland and thousands more are expected to visit New Lanark to get a chance to see this masterpiece before the exhibition closes on 23 November.

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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16/04/13 New Lanark Mill Hotel # , ,

Scottish Wedding Awards 2013

Scottish Wedding Awards 2013

Scottish Wedding Awards finalists vow to do their best.

New Lanark Mill Hotel  has been shortlisted as one of the top 2 finalists in the Wedding Venue of the Year category in the inaugural  Scottish Wedding Awards 2013.

Brides who were married at New Lanark Mill Hotel have voted to get the hotel into the final two for the ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ award in the South West region of Scotland! The category is currently being judged by Scottish Wedding Award’s panel of judges, with the regional and overall winner being announced at a glitzy & glamorous award ceremony, hosted by popular DJ Gina McKie, on the 22nd of April 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. Five of the key wedding staff members at New Lanark Mill Hotel will be attending the black-tie dinner and  really hoping for a win!

Lynne Cooper, Wedding and Events Manager at New Lanark, said, “Thank you so much to all of our brides who have nominated us. This makes all the hard work worthwhile. The minimum we will achieve is runner up for the South-west of Scotland…a huge achievement for us. We are over the moon and keeping our fingers crossed for the 22nd. Thank you once again”.

Lynne  adds  “one of the main comments we receive is that our brides deal with the same person from the booking stage to when the wedding takes place. We build a good relationship with the brides, the grooms, and their families. It is not unknown for us to shed a tear at the back of the ceremony room!” Let’s hope there will be some happy tears on the 22nd!

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05/12/12 Roof Garden # , ,

Resident Robin Roof Garden Diary: December 2012

Resident Robin Roof Garden Diary: December 2012

Cheep …  cheep … chirrup …   I’m the New Lanark Roof Garden robin!   I bet you didn’t know that reindeer could fly?  There I was, perched on a bare twig, with my feathers puffed out to keep myself warm.  Jack Frost had already tiptoed across the Roof Garden and worked his magic on the fountain, changing the water into rock.  Then, imagine my surprise when five tiny reindeer, made of sparkling light, came floating down from the sky and landed on the grass nearby!  They said they were very tired as they had flown all the way from the North Pole. The Man Who Looks After the Reindeer will be at New Lanark every weekend and on Monday 24 December so you can visit him.  Hey!  Please put out some crumbs and fresh water for me and my friends this winter.  I know you’ll be stuffing YOUR faces …   Happy Christmas!

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14/11/12 New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , ,

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

GIRL power is alive and well in the kitchen at New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Unusually for a male-dominated industry, a practically all-woman kitchen team is now in place under new Head Chef Linsey Scott.

And award-winning Linsey (31), born in Polbeth and now living in Breich, promises: “I’m taking the menu here back to basics – delicious unpretentious dishes, generous portions, beautifully presented.”

Her numerous awards show just what a great appointment she is for New Lanark – Hit Scotland Scholarship in 2009; Hospitality Salon Culinaire; winning Gold at La Parade Des Chefs in 2009; Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2011; and at this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards, Linsey was voted Hotel Executive Chef Médaille d’Or, the top accolade.

The four other ladies cooking up a storm at New Lanark Mill, voted the best hotel in Lanarkshire by readers of Tripadvisor, are chefs Barbara Connolly, Robynne Greenshields, Sarah Henderson and Amy North.

They’re joined by Commis Chef Jamie Donaldson and Junior Sous Chef Leon McIntyre who provide some male balance in the female-dominated kitchen!

“They make a great team and are all wonderful to work with,” said Linsey. “They’re full of enthusiasm, passion and drive – exactly what you need in a top chef.”

Linsey always loved cooking and her interest first started with her favourite class, Home Economics, at West Calder High School plus her parents’ encouragement and support.

After taking an HNC at West Lothian College, she held a variety of restaurant posts including seven years at Cannon’s in West Calder and spells at Livingstone’s in Linlithgow, Dalhousie Castle and Compass World Class Dining at RBS Gogarburn.

Her high-flying career really took off when she joined the Aurora Hotel Collection and worked her way up in three years from Senior Sous Chef to Food Development Manager.

“It was a fantastic part of my career but it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to get a better work-life balance, the opportunity at New Lanark came along and I grabbed it with both hands.”

Now she has the chance to make her mark with her team.

“It’s my job to lead and advise them. I always tell them to think first of all about seasonality, local produce, flavours, textures and how it’s going to look on the plate. And most important of all – when you’ve cooked it, taste it. It’s amazing how many chefs don’t do that; you have to put yourself in the shoes of the person eating it.”

The new dinner menu at New Lanark Mill reflects her own personal taste for great food cooked to perfection.

“We’re not looking for Michelin stars here, we just want to provide great satisfying dishes at good prices that people will love to eat.”

Starters include Cullen Skink, Shetland king scallops and Stornoway black pudding with a cider and apple glaze and aromatic duck fritters. Mains range from beer battered haddock fillet with hand-cut chips to roast chicken breast with colcannon croquette and dry aged steaks from the chargrill while desserts include white chocolate cheesecake, apple and almond caramel sponge, marmalade ice cream and tiramisu. To see the menu click here.

And Linsey’s rung the changes in the bar menu too with sandwiches, salads, steak and haggis pie, home-made burgers, working lunches and afternoon teas proving especially popular. The bar menu is available here.

She added: “To keep us on our toes, any special requests or healthy diets are all welcome at New Lanark. Nothing is too much hassle – just ask and we’re always happy to accommodate you.”

Sarah Henderson (18), from Carnwath, is a demi chef de partie which means she’s learning her trade as a chef and currently specialising in the kitchen’s sauce section. With help from the senior chefs, she’s also being supported to gain her SVQ Level 3. The former Biggar High pupil came to the hotel two years ago. “It’s great to be part of a fun, female team. I love baking and one day hope to be a pastry chef,” she said.

Robynne and Amy are also about to make a start on their SVQ qualifications while also gaining valuable experience in the real kitchen.

And Jamie said: “Although the girls outnumber us in the kitchen, it’s a great place to work and we all get on great. I’m learning a lot from the ladies, especially about finesse, presentation and attention to detail. That’s what makes the difference between a good and a great dish.”

General Manager John Stirrat believes his team led by Linsey is set to be a winner.

“People have a more down-to-earth culinary mindset nowadays and I’m delighted that Linsey is overseeing a shift away from stuffier dining towards unfussy real food at affordable prices. With her award-winning background, I know she and her team will create a fantastic new dining experience at New Lanark.”

Girl Power captures the kitchen – Linsey (second right) with, left to right: Sarah, Amy, Barbara and Robynne.

 

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18/09/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre

Printmaking With the Kids

I am Kirsty Chalmers, New Lanark’s new Assistant Development Officer and you’ll probably hear from me a lot over the next while as I get to know New Lanark and my role. I am not completely new to New Lanark. Whilst at University I worked as a Food & Beverage Assistant in the hotel and once I graduated I was very lucky to be able to apply for my current role. My role involves a wide variety of tasks – mostly organising the marketing and advertising of the visitor centre, the hotel, the health and leisure club, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill and the site in general and also organising the events that happen throughout the year (any suggestions for events and promotions are warmly welcomed).

This blog however is going to focus on one of the events I volunteered for at the weekend. New Lanark took part in Doors Open Day & Scottish Archaeology month this year and as I am still getting to know the site, I volunteered to help out at the weekend. Jane (our Heritage Manager) thought I’d be perfect for the role of organising the print making workshop with the kids, so I agreed.

I don’t think I quite realised what I was letting myself in for at the time, however. The printmaking workshop came about from the idea that children attending the event could help us to design some new wallpaper for the Museum Stair – one of the buildings that was opened for the weekend. The way to make these new wallpapers was to chop up loads of vegetables and dunk them in some paint and make print patterns with them. Needless to say it was very messy and a lot of fun. We had over 100 children and about the same number of adults attend the ‘printmaking workshops’ and many of them took their designs home with them. This was a great event with loads going on and I am excited to get more involved with a similar (but bigger) event next year!

I obviously had to have a go myself when I was encouraging others to do it!


Some of the designs from the very talented kids that attended.

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13/09/12 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , ,

New Lanark Wool Used in Tapestry Exhibition

Don’t miss the ‘Inspired Landscapes’ exhibition of wall hangings by Forth Community Resource Centre, in the River Room at New Lanark until 11 October.  The hangings are approximately the size of postcards and are very appealing.  Inspired by local landscapes, many of the tapestry items are woven from New Lanark wool in soft natural colours. Weaving, embroidery and crochet stitches are combined to create impressions of trees, water, moorland and hills.  One hanging shows Dundaff Linn waterfall at the end of New Lanark village.  Brilliant!

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07/09/12 Roof Garden # ,

Roof Garden Diary September 2012

Summer is gradually slinking away but a whole new set of flowers has appeared at the start of autumn in New Lanark Roof Garden.  Purple anemones are coming out, and there are beautiful Japanese anemones with clear white petals and orange centres.  Dazzling yellow stars of coreopsis glow beneath the owl sculpture.  The button-shaped flower heads of lavender cotton (Santolina) are fading fast, and smell like sweaty socks! On the other side of the garden, scores of hoverflies are attracted to the pale mauve spikes of heather ‘Silver Knight’. The swallows are still around but will soon be leaving for warmer climes as the temperature drops.

In flower in September – purple anemone, Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, Russian sage‘ Blue Spire’, coreopsis verticillata, heather (Calluna) ‘Silver Knight’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, liatris spicata, rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, buddleia davidii ‘Harlequin’.

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