New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

31/05/16 CAVLP # , , , , ,

Future of Chatelherault lies in its past

Future of Chatelherault lies in its past

Guest blog from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership…

A MASSIVE woodland management project is underway at Chatelherault Country Park.

Almost 20 hectares of non-native plantation conifers will be removed and native woodland regenerated, as well as the restoration of spectacular historical views and features.

The park, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), will remain open at all times during the work, although access from the western side will be disrupted from this month (May) until late September this year.

This work is being funded by South Lanarkshire Council and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP).

Detailed Forest and Conservation Management Plans are in place to guide the process with the trees removed from the west side of the gorge between the Cadzow oaks and the White Bridge. These were informed by two public consultations that took place last March.

Profits made from the sale of felled timber will be channelled back into much needed improvements to the parks footpath system. This will include replacing the White Bridge and restoring the paths linking to it.

Large machinery will be felling and moving timber throughout summer months and all visitors are asked to avoid the forestry operations for their own safety.

Signs will be placed at the affected paths and in the car parks and further information will be available in the visitor centre. Any areas where work is taking placed will be closed off to the public and clearly signed.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Community Services Committee, Councillor Hamish Stewart, said: “This work is absolutely essential to allow us to manage the woodland which makes up the spectacular setting that is Chatelherault Country Park.

“The park will of course remain open, the only difference will be some paths may not be accessible while the work is ongoing. Visitors should check the signage or go to the visitor area for more information.

“The tree felling will leave the area in question looking very sparse for the first couple of years, but we know from experience the native tree regeneration is very rapid in Chatelherault’s fertile woodland soils.

“In 2007 we felled a similar area of spruce and fir at Laverock Hill by Barncluith. After only four years the whole area was covered with young trees and after only six years the young woodland was alive with spring birdsong.

“We would ask visitors to be patient with us and understand that this work is essential to the restoration of this beautiful and historic landscape.”

CAVLP programme manager Donna Marshall said: “The regeneration of ancient woodland, which forms part of the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve, will help reinforce the status of this part of woodland as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

“The project at Chatelherault is one in a growing number of rewilding projects in the UK which look at expanding native habitats, increasing biodiversity and connecting communities with the nature on their doorsteps.”

The 5th Duke of Hamilton’s hunting lodge at Chatelherault was restored 27 years ago. Once a crumbling ruin, surrounded by an abandoned sand quarry, William Adam’s 18th century masterpiece is now visited by 250,000 people each year.

From the 1940s through to the late 1960’s the ancient natural woodland at Chatelherault was felled and much of the area was planted with fast growing conifers, hence the need for the woodland regeneration programme.

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27/05/16 Events at New Lanark , volunteers # , , , ,

Support New Lanark with Antiques Roadshow day

Support New Lanark with Antiques Roadshow day

New Lanark World Heritage Site has been chosen as the Scottish host of the BBC Antiques Roadshow on Thursday 28th July 2016. The Antiques Roadshow’s much- loved team of over 30 experts, including many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale finds to New Lanark.

It is a great, free day out and no pre-registration, tickets or appointments are required. 2016 will mark the 39th year of production for Antiques Roadshow which remains one of the BBC’s most watched factual titles with an average of six million viewers watching the current series each Sunday. There’s more information on planning your visit to Antiques Roadshow at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

New Lanark are looking for over 30 friendly and outgoing Volunteer Stewards to assist with event logistics to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. The main activities of the Volunteer Stewards will be directing visitors around New Lanark and queue management as visitors wait to have their items valued by the Antiques Roadshow team of specialists. Applications are due in by Sunday 12th June.

Click here to view the Volunteer Role Description and click here to download your application form.

Completed application forms should returned no later than Sunday 12 June by emailing Evelyn.whitelaw@newlanark.org or by post to:

Evelyn Whitelaw
Events and Exhibitions Officer
New Lanark Trust
Mill 3, Level 6
New Lanark Mills
Lanark
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Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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25/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , New Lanark Ice Cream # , , ,

New home for New Lanark Ice Cream!

New home for New Lanark Ice Cream!

(pictured, Andy Park and Ronnie North of the New Lanark Ice Cream Team)

As of this week New Lanark Ice Cream has a new home! We have moved our Ice Cream factory from the Caldwellside Industrial Estate in Lanark, down into the village of New Lanark. The production of our delicious ice cream will now be taking place in the Mechanics’ Workshop building.

The 3 storey Mechanics’ Workshop is part of a complex of buildings at the far end of the village that were constructed by Robert Owen to help improve efficiency of production in the Mills. The building originally housed a team of skilled tradesmen who built and repaired the machinery and waterwheels, including engineers, wheelwrights, iron and brass founders, wood-turners and blacksmiths- the ‘mechanics’ on whom the mills depended. The complex was powered by a waterwheel until 1929 when a turbine was installed and it is one of the oldest surviving engineering and foundry complexes in Scotland.

Mechanics' Workshop prior to restoration

This photo shows the Mechanics’ Workshop prior to restoration by New Lanark Trust.

New Lanark Ice Cream is currently distributed to hotels & restaurants in Glasgow and throughout the central belt. It is also enjoyed by thousands of visitors annually who visit New Lanark, with the ice cream being sold in the Visitor Centre, Mill Café, Village Store, Wee Row Hostel and served in the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

New Lanark Ice Cream picked up two prestigious awards at the 175th Royal Highland Show which took place from 18-21 June 2015 in Ingliston, Edinburgh. Fighting off competition from some of the top ice cream producers across Scotland, New Lanark Ice Cream’s Simply Vanilla flavour was awarded the top accolade of ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’. The same ice cream was also awarded ‘Gold’ in the Vanilla Flavour Class and Jammy Dodger also won Bronze in the Flavour Class.

All profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust, an independent Scottish charity dedicated to the restoration and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site.

The Ice Cream factory isn’t open to the public (at the moment!) but here are some sneak peek insider photos for our readers…

New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream

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New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream awards

You can visit our website to find out more about enjoying a trip to New Lanark, and sampling our delicious Ice Cream!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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23/05/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , , ,

Traditional Building Skills Workshops

Traditional Building Skills Workshops

On Wednesday 18 May we had two excellent Traditional Building Skills Workshops delivered by Frew Conservation as part of the programme of activities linked to our Double Row Restoration Project.

The groups learned about the background to the project and then had some hands-on demonstrations about Stonemasonry and Slating – two very important building techniques that will be used to in the restoration of the Double Row tenement block this year.

A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works. There will be a strong emphasis on Traditional Building Skills training through a series of talks, demonstrations and special exhibition. Other events include ‘house history’ workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time experiences’, where visitors will explore life in the 18th century cotton mill village.

You can find out more about the project and sign up to the waiting list of other activities on our website.

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You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on our website. 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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13/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Yesterday we donned our hard hats and took part in a guided tour of the Double Row Restoration works in the village. With blue skies and plenty of sunshine we couldn’t have asked for a better day to be climbing the scaffolding!

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works. There will be a strong emphasis on Traditional Building Skills training through a series of talks, demonstrations and special exhibition. Other events include ‘house history’ workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time day’, where visitors will explore life in the 18th century cotton mill village.

Here’s a look at some of the photos we took on yesterday’s Hard Hat Tour…

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A beautiful day in New Lanark Village

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Arriving at the Double Row Restoration building site

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Our first views at the top of the scaffolding – New Lanark Mill Hotel!

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An up close look at the slate work and chimney stacks

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Beautiful views of the River Clyde

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Panorama shot!

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Long Row at New Lanark

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Learning about Stonemasonry

You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on our website or by signing up to our monthly e-newsletter.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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11/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Latest News at New Lanark

New Lanark and Nicholas I of Russia…

New Lanark and Nicholas I of Russia…

200 years on, GYRE in Moffat are celebrating the anniversary of Nicholas I’s visit to Scotland in 1816.

Nicholas I (6 July 1796 – 2 March 1855) was Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855 and he was known as one of the most reactionary of the Russian monarchs. His brother Alexander I was Emperor of Russia from 1801 to 1825.

The future emperor’s first guardian and instructress was a Scottish nurse, Miss Jane Lyon, who stayed with Nicholas constantly during the first seven years of his life. From Miss Lyon he learned many things including “the Russian alphabet, his first Russian prayers, and his hatred of the Poles”. [i]

To complete his education, Grand Duke Nicholas was sent on two educational voyages: a tour of Russia from May to September 1816 and a tour of Great Britain from November 1816 to January 1817.  While he was on his way to Britain Nicholas visited Berlin where he met his future wife Louisa Charlotte Wilhelmina, eldest daughter of the King of Prussia. Nicholas and Louisa were married at St. Petersburgh in July 1817.

[i]     Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia: 1825-1855. Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (University of California Press, 1974)

 

On 27 December 1816 Nicholas 1 visited New Lanark…

The New Lanark Village Instrumental Band played for Nicholas and his retinue. Although the Grand Duke was generally favourably impressed with Owen’s plans for creating model communities it seems that the music was considered by his Highness to be indifferent in quality. [i]

Robert gave the Grand Duke Mrs. Owen’s silver dessert set as a memento of his visit and the rest of Robert’s family were upset at his generosity towards such a hugely wealthy man. [ii] New Picture

The writings of Malthus was a hot topic at the time and Robert Owen relates that in a two hour conversation with the Grand Duke, before he left, he said: “As your country is over-peopled, I will take you and two millions of population with you, all in similar manufacturing communities”. Robert politely declined the offer. [iii]

One of Robert Owen’s biographers notes that “the date of the visit was December 26. The Grand Duke left on the following day for Moffat”. This date is contrary to other, contemporary, sources and we should assume that the correct date for the visit to New Lanark was 27th December. [iv]

 

[i]     A Quest for Harmony: The Role of Music in Robert Owen’s New Lanark Community. Lorna Davidson. Utopian Studies, Volume 21, Number 2, (Penn State University Press 2010)

[ii]    Robert Owen: Social Idealist. Rowland Hill Harvey. (University of California, 1949)

[iii]   The life of Robert Owen, philanthropist and social reformer, an appreciation. R. E. Davies (Robert Sutton, Southwark, 1907)

[iv]   Robert Owen: a Biography. Frank Podmore (Appleton, New York, 1907)

 

Coincidentally, 1816 is also the 200th birthday or Bicentenary of New Lanark’s Institute for the Formation of Character. To celebrate we are hosting a range of Bicentenary themed activities throughout the year. Visit our website to find out more!

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10/05/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

New Lanark Roof Garden Diary – May 2016

What could be better after the cold spring weather than to see these bright daffodils in New Lanark Roof Garden?  They have faced rain, strong winds and even snow, which bent their heads low but they have supple stems enabling them to bounce back when conditions improve.  The tree heather is now covered in blossom in the shape of tiny white bells and the woolly willow is beginning to show its fluffy yellow catkins.  Rising temperatures have brought the swallows back – watch them diving low through the fountain!

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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09/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

Guest blog from Melissa, New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer…

Summer arrived in Lanark yesterday! To make the most of the nice weather I decided to embark upon the full Clyde Walkway loop from Kirkfieldbank, up into the Corehouse Estate, past Bonnington Linn, past the stunning Corra Linn, along the boardwalk into the village of New Lanark and then right along the Clyde walkway to Castlebank Park! The walk took around 3 hours, taking time for a couple of short breaks to admire the beautiful views – and to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream cone!

Lanark Life have produced a map of this walking route which can be viewed on their website here.

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Starting at Kirkfieldbank at ‘the old brig’ built in 1699, designed by James Lockhart.

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Your first view of New Lanark Village!

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Not much rainfall at Bonnington Linn – these Falls can look very different!

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Idyllic setting of Corra Linn – The Wordsworths, Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott all visited the Falls.

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A look back at the New Lanark Mill Hotel on your way to Castlebank Park.

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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05/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

During the local (South Lanarkshire) School Holidays, here at New Lanark we run Daily Guided Tours of the Village with our experiences guides.Visitors have the chance to explore New Lanark  discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out!

Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception.

We are also able to offer the following specialist theme tours to booked groups. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to discuss any of these tour options!

~ Urban Conservation ~
~ Geographical Settlement Studies ~
~ Planning
~ Heritage & Leisure Management ~
~ Travel & Tourism ~
~ Marketing ~
~ Child Care & Nursery Education ~
~ Social & Economic History ~
~ Utopian Socialism
~ Education & Historical Pedagogy ~
~ Industrial Archaeology ~
~ Water Power & Hydro-electricity ~
~ Industrial Architecture ~

 

Throughout the year our Learning and Outreach team provide special tours and sessions for booked school groups:

 

Pre-school to Primary 2

  • Mini Discovery Tour – How we used to live in the past
  • A look at life in the past 1800s
  • Toys from the Past
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Exploring the Senses

 

Primary 3 to 7

  • The Story of New Lanark
  • The Victorians
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • A Settlement Study
  • Citizenship & Enterprise: Robert Owen & his Model Community
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Self-led visits

 

Secondary School

  • The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen
  • History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Geography (Aspects of Physical & Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation & Renewable Energy)
  • Textiles
  • Self-led visits

New educational tours available soon will be:
Water Power and Renewable Energy
New Lanark in the 20th Century
New Lanark’s First World War
From Slave Trade to Fairtrade

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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