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22/10/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October now – where has this year gone? We’ve been really busy at New Lanark with our Book Festival, the October week and getting all set for our Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Like I said, we kicked off the month with the first ever ‘New Lanark Book Festival’ with lots of author sessions for adults and children to enjoy! Here’s a photo of my helping out author Chae Strathie (who used to live in New Lanark!)  at his Book Festival session.

Chae Strathie at the New Lanark Book Festival

Once upon a time…

 

We had great weather here at New Lanark over the October Week! The site was busy with lots of people enjoying walks to the Falls of Clyde and taking part in our Daily Tours and Autumn Craft Workshops!

New Lanark Roof Garden

Enjoying the autumn sun on the New Lanark Roof Garden

 

Next Friday (30th October) Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony in Indiana will be giving a free talk at New Lanark! She’ll be discussing Robert Owen and his family in New Harmony, with a focus on Jane Blaffer Owen CBE – the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen, Robert Owen’s great-great- grandson.

Robert Owen's House at New Lanark

Reading about New Harmony in Robert Owen’s House

 

I’m getting so excited for my first Halloween at New Lanark! On Saturday 31st October we’re hosting a fun day of crafts, games and storytelling in the ‘old gift shop’ at New Lanark which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. Entry is just £3 per child and you can get in free with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket! At nighttime there will be Spooky Tours of New Lanark Village, but these have been really popular and are almost all sold out!

Halloween Ted

Is there something on my face? I feel like there’s something on my face!

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to in October! As November rolls around we’ll be getting ready for our Christmas Experience at New Lanark which opens on Saturday 28th November!

I’ll hopefully see you soon 🙂

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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Free talk at New Lanark on Historic New Harmony & Jane Blaffer Owen

Free talk at New Lanark on Historic New Harmony & Jane Blaffer Owen

Robert Owen is known for being one of New Lanark’s most enlightened mill managers, but perhaps one of the lesser known facts about Owen is that in 1825, frustrated by constant opposition to his new ideas, Robert Owen sold the Mills at New Lanark and decided to buy the settlement of Harmony in Indiana, which he renamed New Harmony.

In the less conservative climate of the New World, Owen planned to create a Utopian Community or Village of Unity and Mutual Co-operation. Owen was partnered by William Maclure, a Scottish Geologist and social experimenter who shared his belief in rational and scientific education.

Just 2 years later, in the spring of 1827 the Owen / Maclure New Harmony was abandoned after a series of disagreements within the community organisation. Despite the failure of Owen’s utopian dream, New Harmony did not disintegrate completely. Some of its most brilliant settlers remained and made significant contributions to American scientific and educational theory, study and practice.

Over the years the relationship between New Lanark and New Harmony has continued to grow, with many visits ‘across the pond’ being made by residents and representatives from both communities.

On Friday 30th October, Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony will be giving a free talk at New Lanark related to New Harmony and Jane Blaffer Owen CBE, the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen – Robert Owen’s great-great grandson.

“In 1941, Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great grandson of Robert Owen, brought his bride, Jane Blaffer Owen, to his ancestral hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, where two communal societies took root in the early 1800s: the religious Harmonie Society from Germany, who relocated and sold their entire town to Robert Owen, who together with a like-minded Scotsman and scientist William Maclure, began an educational and scientific model community based on mutual cooperation. New Harmony’s historic significance, however, had faded by the time of her arrival in the 1940s.”

Jane Blaffer Owen dedicated herself not only to the preservation and revitalization of the historic buildings but also to bringing some of the finest intellects of her time to the town. Jane Blaffer Owen recounts her activities in the posthumously published memoir New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake (published by Indiana University Press, 2015) and edited by Nancy Mangum McCaslin, who also serves on the Advisory Board of Historic New Harmony.

Nancy will give a presentation on Robert Owen & his family in New Harmony, followed by a brief documentary showing an interview with Jane Blaffer Owen, entitled Conversations in New Harmony. The free talk will take place on Friday 30th October 2015 at 2.30pm within the New Lanark River Room. Afterwards, copies of New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake will be available for sale and signings.

No booking is required for the talk. For further information please call New Lanark Trust on 01555 661345.

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19/10/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

North Lanarkshire author, Lorna Gibb, will be launching her latest book, A Ghost’s Story: A Novel, at a special event at the New Lanark Institute on Tuesday 10th November at 6pm.

At this special launch event, Gibb will discuss the haunted history of New Lanark and explore why we continue to be fascinated by the spirit world.

A Ghost’s Story, Gibb’s first novel, is a spell-binding tale which tells the story of Katie King, the most famous ghost of the last two centuries. Katie King made her first appearance in New Lanark and infamously haunted the social pioneer and mill-owner Robert Owen throughout his life.

From the candle-lit drawing rooms of the Victorian era through to the appearance of spirits in the 21st century, Gibb will take you on a social history of the séance from the 19th century to present day, exploring the boundaries between what is real and what is unreal and ultimately examining why we are all so gripped by ghost stories.

A Ghost’s Story will be on sale at the event at the special discounted price of £10.00.

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: 6-8pm

Location: River Room, New Lanark Institute, South Lanarkshire ML11 9DB

Entry: Free but RSVP is essential: events@granta.com

LORNA GIBB was born in Belshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is a university lecturer and now lives in London. She is the author of Lady Hester: Queen of the East and West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West.  A Ghost’s Story is her first novel and will be published in hardback by Granta Books on 12th November 2015 priced £12.99.

 

For more information, please contact Sara D’Arcy: sdarcy@granta.com / 020 7605 1374

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New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

On Saturday 31st October, New Lanark will be hosting a full day of Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy.

During the day children will be able to enjoy Halloween themed crafts & games within the “old gift shop”, which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. There will also be a Storyteller with plenty of Halloween tales, and a photo competition for the best costume! Entrance is £3 per child, or £1.50 with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket with the main activities running from 12-5pm.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Officer said “We run craft workshops for kids throughout the year, so we’re really excited to be planning some crafts especially for Halloween. Kids will be able to make and take home their own pumpkin, skull & ghost masks as well as taking part in fun games like Broomstick races and ‘pin the hat on the witch’”


Once the sun has set, New Lanark will be hosting a series of Spooky Tours of the village to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The ghost of one of New Lanark’s Millworkers, Mary, will be coming back especially for Halloween to lead the tours around the village visiting the School for Children, textile machinery floor and Robert Owen’s House. Mary will tell stories of people she used to know at New Lanark, local superstitions and some of the history of the village. Photo 3
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events Officer said “New Lanark was formed over 200 years ago and thousands of people have worked and lived here over the years, so who knows who you may meet on one of the Spooky Tours!”

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The tours will be leaving at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, and 7.15pm and will last around 45 minutes. There are limited places available so booking is essential for the tours at a cost of £5 per person. To book a place visit www.newlanark.org or call 01555 661345. (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Further information on New Lanark’s Halloween events can be found on our website.

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12/10/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Autumn is always a colourful time in New Lanark Roof Garden!  The highlight this month is surely the curved border with its riot of beautiful anemones glowing pink and purple in the slanting sunlight.  These plants are real toughies that can stand up well to Scotland’s climate.  The swallows have now disappeared to spend winter in Africa, but the autumn song of the robin trills out from the trees in the village below, and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly made an appearance in the warm spell at the start of the month.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden this Autumn. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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