New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

23/01/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , , ,

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

Given at the Camp of HRH Charles Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales

It is with great pleasure that we received notice that, as of the 27th day of this month, the famous Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display for our subjects to view at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

This striking community artwork, stitched with tender care by countless volunteers across the country, follows the fortunes of our army on its first campaign in 1745, from the inception of this grand scheme for the Restoration of our family to that remarkable and game-changing victory at Prestonpans.

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Arran Johnston)We encourage all those who are able to visit and to enjoy this exhibition, which reveals the heroic efforts of our loyal Highland men, alongside the endeavours of our gallant if misguided opponents, as those two armies traversed the landscape of Scotland to determine who might be its King.

In the wake of our victory at Prestonpans, our army has been busily engaged in an attempt to bring this regrettable war to a glorious conclusion. How events will play out we can only at this stage imagine. What we can know is that our achievements in 1745 will ever be remembered, and that no telling of our story will rival the Prestonpans Tapestry for its detail and its charm. Never has a project so encapsulated the spirit of our quest: Victory, Hope, and Ambition!

To celebrate the Tapestry’s visit to New Lanark, we have authorised the deployment of some of our soldiers to said place on Saturday 21st February. They are instructed to answer any questions you might have as to their modes of dress and combat. I expect that our enemies might do the same.

We are pleased also to note that the historian Arran Johnston, who has not been unkind to our character in his works, will be presenting about the Battle at Prestonpans and the Tapestry’s creation on Friday 13th March. (tickets available to purchase for £4)

It remains only for us to encourage all our father’s subjects to notify their friends and family of this opportunity to view the Tapestry, which will remain in New Lanark until 19th March.

God Save the King.

Charles signature

Find out more about The Prestonpans Tapestry at  New Lanark. 

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19/01/15 CAVLP , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , ,

Celebrating a Unique Landscape in the Clyde and Avon Valleys

We’re very happy to welcome Sarah from our partner organisation, The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership to write a guest post for our blog…

New Lanark World Heritage Site is the most spectacular place I’ve worked in. I could never tire of the sight of the rooftops (blanketed in snow as I type) as I descend the hill in the morning and the powerful flow of the rusty coloured Clyde from our office window in the Old School.

Birds Eye of New Lanark

And that’s what my job as Communications Support at the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is all about- celebrating the amazing landscape and heritage that make the Clyde and Avon Valleys unique.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is just one of our 10 partners that we work with to deliver 68 different environmental, cultural and historical projects across the Clyde and Avon valleys- distinct through their unmistakeable patchwork of ancient woodlands, gorges, country estates, orchards and market gardening heritage, farmland and industry.

Mauldslie Estate

Projects range from undertaking essential woodland management that look after the area’s rich biodiversity to researching and recording designed landscapes, exhibitions and events.

Here at New Lanark a number of projects have already been completed. Offering something for everyone, these have included woodland pathway restoration, landscape art courses and the creation of Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site.

Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the re-instated pathways that criss-cross the woodland overlooking New Lanark. In the 19th century, Robert Owen laid out these pathways for the benefit of the mill-workers which eventually became overgrown and impassable through years of neglect. Now walkers can once again enjoy walks taking in the stunning views down on to the mill complex and the Clyde, just as they were intended.

woodland paths

Those with an interest in the arts were also able to enjoy a talk on the History of Art in the Clyde Valley by Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark in Autumn 2013. Following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Alexander Naysmyth and J.M.W. Turner, local artist Veronica Liddell then guided 11 budding artistes in a Landscape Painting Course, using Dundaff Linn as inspiration.

For the more playfully inclined, Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site at New Lanark offers far more than a traditional playpark. Opened last Autumn, swings and roundabouts have been omitted in favour of burns and fire pits, and it’s been a joy watching muddy but happy children enjoy the site and surrounding woodland, even through the bleak winter weather.

Lanark Primary School

And there’s plenty more to come, funding dependent. An Art Sculpture Trail featuring artworks will tell stories from local folklore to history and nature of the area, leading from Castlebank Park through New Lanark to the Falls of Clyde, offering new ways to enjoy the landscape. North Lodge Bridge, which once housed a lodge where 19th century visitors would buy tickets to visit the Falls of Clyde, will also be restored as an important access point for visitors to New Lanark and the neighbouring Falls of Clyde.

And that’s just a taster of the variety of projects that are part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Check out, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information on projects, partners, training and volunteering opportunities as well as events.

Sarah – New Lanark Guest blogger (Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership)

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14/01/15 Roof Garden

Roof Garden Diary: January 2015

In New Lanark Roof Garden this month, a few small spikes of bulbs are slowly inching up through the soil. The seed heads of the purple anemones (near the lift) are like little speckled buttons that keep their shape for a long time and look attractive with a dusting of frost or snow. On the village side of the Roof Garden, you are at eye level with the top of a tall Scots pine tree showing off its green needles in spite of the wind, rain and snow!

Scots pine from the New lanark Roof Garden

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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13/01/15 Ted at New Lanark

Ted’s January at New Lanark

Ted’s January at New Lanark

Hi there! My name’s Ted and I’m the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. With my cosy hat & cardigan knitted with New Lanark Wool I’m always ready to explore the historic village & go to exciting events at New Lanark!



There’s so much going on here each month, that my friends in the New Lanark Trust offices asked me to update the New Lanark blog and let you all know about all the exciting events, exhibitions and talks that you can enjoy here. First up, let’s take a look at what’s happening at New Lanark in January!

We kicked off the New Year by launching our 2015 Events Programme. There really is something for everyone, check it out here and see what you fancy.

January has gotten off to a pretty wet and windy start, so I think it sounds like a good idea to keep dry and take a trip to the New Lanark Visitor Centre. There’s lots to keep you entertained indoors including the: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Millworkers’ House & Robert Owen’s House,  Historic Classroom, and don’t forget to check out the Woven through History exhibition. Keep an eye on for an exciting offer for the New Lanark Visitor Centre!

Tedplans his next adventure  in the Historic Classroom

Ted plans his next adventure in the Historic Classroom

Checking out the 'Woven through History' exhibition

Checking out the ‘Woven through History’ exhibition

Whilst you’re down here why not pop into the Mill Shop and take a look at the January Sale? I had a chat with some of the Christmas bears and they said the shop had been really busy in December, but they’re looking forward to finding a new home now.

If you’re a Pa De Basque pro (like me!) then you can’t miss the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s ‘Burns Supper Ceilidh’ on Friday 23rd January. The tickets are just £12 per person and include a traditional supper of haggies, neeps and tatties. To book just call 01555 667220 or email [email protected]

I can’t wait until the end of the month when the Prestonpans Tapestry opens. Did you know it was the tapestry that inspired the Great Tapestry of Scotland? At 104m long, the Prestonpans Tapestry was stitched entirely by volunteers! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France then through the Scottish Highlands to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745. The exhibition is open from the 27th of January to the 19th of March, and entry is free.

I’ll hopefully see you all at New Lanark throughout the year. If you want to keep up to date with our latest news then you can sign up for emails, like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.


Wow – just look at the falls!


Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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