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Ted’s August at New Lanark

Ted’s August at New Lanark

Hi everyone! Ted here again, I’ve had a really busy month at New Lanark soaking up the last of summer – why is the weather always nice when the schools go back?!

We kicked off August at New Lanark by announcing the line-up for the first New Lanark Book Festival in October! It’s all very exciting…over 20 authors are going going to be speaking at New Lanark on interesting themes like Scottish History, Fiction and Food, Drink & Textiles! The festival is going to last for 4 days, from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October and there are lots of different ticket options & prices so everyone should be able to see at least one author! The Early Bird tickets are on sale right now…so what are you waiting for?! Check them out now.

New Lanark Book Festival

New Lanark Book Festival

On 11th August The Quaker Tapestry opened at New Lanark! This is our third tapestry exhibition in 10 months…you’d think we had a special history & connection with textiles!? We’re currently showing 20 panels from the tapestry which celebrate the significant contribution Quakers have made to the modern world. It’s an extra special link for us as some of Robert Owen’s partners were Quakers! The tapestry is open until Friday 28th August, and on that evening the tapestry’s curator, Bridget Guest, will be giving a talk on its ‘Secrets and Stories’! Find out more about the talk & buy tickets.

 

The excitement wasn’t over yet for that week! On Saturday 15th August The HandleBards pedalled up to New Lanark to perform their mad-cap rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We had a beautiful night in Robert Owen’s Garden and the performance was fantastic so I’ve got my fingers crossed that they will be touring again next year and will come to New Lanark.

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On 19th August we re-opened Robert Owen’s House which had been closed for refurbishment for 2 weeks prior. The house is a main part of our Visitor Centre, and is interpreted to show how the house may have looked when Robert Owen and his family lived there c.1799. I had a good exploration of the house and I have to say the New Lanark Heritage team have done a fantastic job!

Ted at Robert Owen's Desk

Getting down to business…

Ted at dinner table

Am I too early for the dinner party?

Ted in the kitchen

I hope the Scullery Maid doesn’t think I’m the starter!

Ted in the sitting room

I wonder who lives in those small houses?

So that’s all that’s been happening at New Lanark this August! Coming up next month in September we have the ever-popular Doors Open Weekend on 12th & 13th September! We’ll hopefully see you there for guided tours, building exploration, printmaking & more. Over the September Weekend (25-28th) we’ll also have daily guided tours!

Bye for now!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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19/08/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Search Room , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark welcomes visitors for ‘Doors Open’ Weekend 2015

New Lanark welcomes visitors for ‘Doors Open’ Weekend 2015

On Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September New Lanark will take part in the nationwide Doors Open Days initiative, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to explore its buildings not usually open to the public.

Between 12pm and 4pm the Counting House, Robert Owen’s School for Children, The Search Room and War Memorial Garden will be open to the public for free. Also open will be the ‘Museum Stair’ tenement. This derelict building is one of 8 in Double Row, a block of tenements which will be restored as part of a £4million project funded by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Due to the building’s historic & fragile interior it is currently only open for special events. As part of the project an exciting new 3D virtual tour of the ‘Museum Stair’ interior will be opening within the New Lanark Visitor Centre in future years.

The Counting House

The Counting House

Double Row - Museum Stair

Double Row – Museum Stair

During the Doors Open Weekend there will also be lots of free activities for families to enjoy as part of the Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Craft workshops will be held allowing visitors to try their hand at printing historic wallpaper, and families will be able to discover historic artefacts around New Lanark & claim a prize with the fun Discovery Trail.

There’s so much going on for Doors Open Weekend that New Lanark’s founders, Richard Arkwright and David Dale, will be travelling forward in time to see how New Lanark has changed since they founded it in 1785. They will also be giving free tours of the site to visitors and there are sure to be hilarious results!

School for Children

Robert Owen’s School for Children

The Search Room

The Search Room

War Memorial garden

War Memorial Garden

Visitors on Doors Open Weekend can also take advantage of a special offer of 25% off visitor centre tickets, allowing them to explore other parts of the site including the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Millworkers’ Housing, Village Store Exhibition and Robert Owen’s House.

Further information on Doors Open Days at New Lanark, and New Lanark’s upcoming events including the 2015 Book Festival in October can be found at www.newlanark.org

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14/08/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , ,

2016 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards – entries open!

2016 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards – entries open!

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. It recognises the excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media.

The awards are given to the most outstanding achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.

In 2016, up to 30 heritage projects and initiatives will receive an award. Up to seven will be selected as Grand Prix winners and receive €10,000 each. One will receive the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

All the winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Submit your project and share your success!

Deadline: 1 October 2015

More info: www.europanostra.org/apply-for-an-award-2016/

 

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Group photo of the 2015 winners and representatives from the European Commission and Europa Nostra before the European Heritage Awards Ceremony at Oslo City Hall on 11 June 2015. Photo: Espen Sturlason

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11/08/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Programme announced for New Lanark’s 2015 Book Festival!

Programme announced for New Lanark’s 2015 Book Festival!

The historic setting of New Lanark will host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015, with a host of well-known Scottish authors, such as Alistair Moffat, speaking at the 4-day event.  

There will be a rich programme of sessions on offer designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of literary tastes, the themes of which all have a link to New Lanark in some way. From Scottish Fiction and History, to Whisky, Food and Drink – there will be a session for everyone to enjoy!

“With its fascinating history and colourful characters, New Lanark has often appeared in books and even had its own Reading Room 200 years ago. This year we are celebrating this link to literature by holding our first ever Book Festival!” says Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager.

The sessions will run on Thursday & Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of reasonably priced ticket options available including a ‘4-day pass’ and individual author session tickets.

The Book Festival begins with a thrilling evening session on Thursday 1st from Jonathan Whitelaw, author of Morbid Relations, and Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

Friday evening sees writer and poet Mandy Haggith discuss her nature novels The Last Bear & Bear Witness, before renowned broadcaster Billy Kay steps behind the podium to speak about his writing including The Scottish World – a book which celebrates the enormous contribution the Scots have made to the modern world.

The Book Festival activity ramps up on Saturday 3rd October with a full day of sessions from 10am-7pm across New Lanark. Throughout the day a number of interesting themes will be covered including New Lanark & Textiles, Scottish Food & Drink, Exploring Scotland and Scottish Fiction. The 11 speakers on Saturday include Janet Renouf-Miller, C A Hope, David McLaren, Catherine Brown, Charles MacLean, Ian Crofton, David Spaven, Daniel MacCannell, Kerry Hudson, Peter Ranscombe and headliner James Robertson.  

New Lanark’s Book Festival concludes on Sunday 4th October with 8 authors speaking throughout the day. Sunday is the perfect day for young families and children to attend with interactive Storytelling with Gerry Durkin and sessions with children’s authors Chae Strathie and Keith Gray.

The headliner of Sunday night is Alistair Moffat, an award winning Writer, Historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. Together with author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Andrew Crummy, Alastair Moffat was part of the team whose idea developed into the famous The Great Tapestry of Scotland which was exhibited at New Lanark in 2014. Other speakers on Sunday include Roger Hutchinson, Ed Hollis, Ken Cockburn and Peter Ross.

Visitors who attend New Lanark’s Book Festival can also receive 25% off Visitor Centre tickets, giving them the perfect chance to make the most of their visit & learn about the history of New Lanark with the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Historic Housing exhibits, Clearburn Picnic & Play Area & lots more.

Early Bird tickets for the New Lanark Book Festival are currently on sale! The full programme for the Book Festival, along with ticket details can be found at www.newlanark.org

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10/08/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

A very wet July has meant that the ‘wrong’ plants and all the  weeds  are  growing  luxuriantly in New Lanark Roof Garden!   Many plants are well behind their usual flowering season.

The shrub, Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, is now covered in scented white flowers that normally would appear in June or early July.

Meadowsweet is enjoying the damp conditions,  its frothy white plumes giving off a scent of summer .

In the past,  meadowsweet  was used as a strewing herb  spread  over  the  floor  as a natural air freshener  – perhaps even in the Millworkers’ Houses at New Lanark as it grows naturally along the banks of the Clyde.

Find out more about visiting New Lanark & the Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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