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!