New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

29/06/16 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , ,

Woollen Yarn Production at New Lanark!

Woollen Yarn Production at New Lanark!

Guest blog by Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

You may not know it, but New Lanark is still a working mill. What once started out as a small part of the restoration process and Visitor Centre experience has now became one of the core revenue generating activities for New Lanark Trust.  The village has reclaimed its title of being a spinning centre by using the same traditional methods using spinning woollen yarn instead of cotton and other modernistations along the way! The production is extremely efficient here in New Lanark and the woollen yarn produced can be recognised on a global scale. New Lanark’s wool has been used in a Harry Potter movie and Carbonised White woollen single ply yarn is added to other yarns and woven into cloth used by Chanel for their garments.

For some of our yarns we add silk our Donegal Silk range. In the silk range there will be up to 10% silk in the yarn.

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New Lanark’s Harry Potter Knitting Pattern

The Raw product

The New Lanark woollen yarn process begins in the basement of Mill3 with the raw prodcut – sheep fleece.  There are more than 60 different breeds of sheep in Britain, more than in any other country. Their wool is very different often depending on where they live, on hills or lower land, and some are naturally coloured. Different sheep also produce different quantities and weights of fleece. At New Lanark we work with a range of different fleece for different breeds, for example: Kent Romney, Shetland plus many more.

Our fleece is bought from a broker and arrives in large bales or bags which are stored in the basement of Mill 3, where most of the production takes place. Most of our fleece comes scoured (cleaned) and if we, or any of our commission customers, want the fleece dyed, it is done before it is delivered here. All of the brokers, scourers and dyers we use are based in Yorkshire. For some of our yarns we add silk (our Donegal Silk range) which softens the woollen yarn. In the silk range there may be up to 10% silk in the woollen yarn.

 

Blending

To create our woollen yarn range we work to a recipe book of finely tuned combinations of weights of different fleece. To create a batch of a particular yarn, particular amounts of specific wool shades are selected, weighed and blended. Our final shades have up to 7 different colours in them.

The fleece is weighed and laid out in a large metal vat on the floor, usually with lighter colours at the bottom. Vegetable-based Oil is then added to lubricate the wool and replace the natural lanolin which is removed during the scouring (cleaning) process. The blended wool is left to rest for around 8 hours (for 500 kilos) then transferred to a large metal Blend Room, ready for the next step – Carding. 

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Large Metal Vat where the oil is added to lubricate the fleece

 

Carding

Carding is the next stage of the woolen yarn production process, the carding machine is located in the ground floor of Mill 3 at New Lanark and can be seen by the public through a glass partition.  The carding machine continues to blend and refine the wool but the main job of the carding machine is to align the wool fibres. It does so by using its many hundreds of ‘teeth’ on the surface of the large rollers which comb and blend the fibres and colours together, and also remove any waste material – even particles of sand from the Shetland sheep’s fleece! The man who is in charge of the blending and the carding process is Robert.

 

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The end of the carding machine.

 

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Robert showing us how the carding process is done!

 

Spinning

Then we move on to the Spinning floor! This is the main part of the woollen yarn production process, that visitors can see at New Lanark as part of the Visitor Centre experience and is located on Level 4 of Mill 3. The traditional methods are still in place with spinning as you will be able to see with the Headstock.

The Headstock is what keeps the process moving and can be described as a large gear. To simplify the process, the carded spool feeds out,is spun  out and wound onto a pirn Scott, who has worked here for five years works on the spinning mule and was kind enough to show us how it works!

The spinning mule is stopped regularly to check the quality of production in order to make sure they are the correct thickness and that they are even.

Scott operating the spinning machine. Notice the Headstock behind him.

Scott operating the spinning machine. Notice the Headstock behind him.

 

A close up view of the pirns on the Spinning Mule

A close up view of the pirns on the Spinning Mule

 

A pirn full with wool is called a Cop

A Pirn ‘full’ with wool is called a ‘Cop’

 

Winding & Plying

Once the cops are created they are sent through to the savio machine, also known as the winding machine. There are 8 units for cones on the machine and it takes 18-20 cops to make 1 cone. This machine ensures the quality of our yarn and removes any knots or inconsistencies. Unfortunately, this machine is not on public display.

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The Savio ‘winding’ machine creating single ply cones

 

Once the cops are created they are sent through to the Savio winding machine .There are 8 units for cones on the machine and it takes 8-10 cops to make 1 cone. This machine ensures the quality of our yarn and removes any knots or inconsistencies. Unfortunately, this machine is not on public display.

 Once the cones are produced, they are either stored until ready to be used or sent directly back over to the Twisting Frame. The twisting frame’s purpose is to create the thickness (or ply) intended for the type of wool the customer would like. Single thread(1 strand), Double Knitting (2 strands), Aran (3 strands), Chunky (4 strands)

The Twisting Frame where individual strands are twisted to create the desired thickness of yarn

The Twisting Frame where individual strands are twisted to create the desired thickness of yarn

 

Hanking

One of the last processes is the Hanking Machine which does exactly what you would think, it creates hanks. The Hanker rolls yarn into big loops that weight just over 1 kilo and then they are sent down to Yorkshire to be cleaned/scoured.

The Hanking Machine- customers can purchase hanks or hanks can also be balled

The Hanking Machine- customers can purchase hanks or hanks can also be balled

This is what a Hank of yarn looks like!

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The Finished Product

We sell our finished product in many ways – in our Mill Shop, at Trade Shows, via our online shop and to wholesalers or commission customers.

 

Stockroom of New Lanark wool cones

Stockroom of New Lanark wool cones

The Mill Shop's New Lanark Wool & Textiles department

The Mill Shop’s New Lanark Wool & Textiles department

The quickest turnaround from start, blending, to finished product including hanking and balling, is 6 weeks. However, as New Lanark has a wide range of shades available, it could take a few months for a specific shade to be reproduced if our production schedule is full.

All proceeds from the sale of our wool and textiles are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site.

 

The New Lanark Textiles team - Robert, Colin, Jim, Alan, Scott, Stewart and Wilma (Janice not pictured)

The New Lanark Textiles team – Robert, Colin, Jim, Alan, Scott, Stewart and Wilma (Janice not pictured)

 

You can read a lot more about the production of New Lanark wool on the ‘Wool Process’ page of New Lanark’s online shop. 

Ronan – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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29/06/16 New Lanark Search Room # , , , ,

Search Room Spotlight: Sock Making Machine

Search Room Spotlight: Sock Making Machine

Since the New Lanark Conservation Trust was formed in 1974 we have acquired a number of objects either found during the restoration process or graciously donated by the public. Initially, we had no intention of creating a collection but have now managed to acquire a large collection of artefacts, books, archival documents, photographs, architectural drawings, and much more which are now all housed in the New Lanark Search Room. Each week, we will give you an up close and personal look at a featured item from our collection.

This week’s Search Room Spotlight: Sock Making Machine

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This object is known as a sock knitting machine or circular knitting machine. It was donated by a woman whose husband purchased it in the 1980’s whilst he was working for a knitwear company, Lorne Knitwear in Kilmarkock. The machine is made to be clamped to a table, much like a vice. The main body of the machine is comprised of cast iron with metal needles used to thread the yarn from the top of the device into the bottom, forming a tube. The threading process is made possible by a separate piece attached to the top of the machine that threads the yarn into the device using a variety of gears that move using a hand crank that runs around the exterior of the device (please click the link for a full demonstration).

The exact make of the machine is unknown as there is no patent or any other indication of a company name. The previous owner had mentioned the name “Groz-Beckert” which is a German company that opened in the 1850’s specializing in the manufacturing of various parts for knitting/weaving machines such as needles. Although this may be a possibility, we have yet to uncover evidence to support this theory.

Circular knitting machines have been around since the early 1800’s when a French inventor Marc Brunel challenged the traditional flatbed knitting machines by arranging needles into a circular form. Since this development, there have been many alterations and improvements; more notably, Henry Griswold who was an American inventor that patented his own knitting machine in 1873 while visiting France and Britain. Since its invention, there have been many improvements such as a second set of needles to enable rib knitting and the cuff or welt for socks.

Knitting machines were used for mass production in English workhouses. It was also not uncommon to find children often using these machines as they were very efficient and quite compact. During the First World War the Red Cross urged the Home Front to knit socks for soldiers in order to prevent Trench Foot and machines such as these became an important part in the war effort. According to the previous owner, she believed it was used to make Argyll socks as well as socks for bandsmen. As New Lanark was known for its high quality cotton, knitting machines such as this would have used similar material to produce socks during the mid to late 1880s up until the second World War and are still used today by knitting enthusiasts.

VIDEO OF SOCK MAKING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVbPi0EAVoA 

RESEARCH:

https://sockmachine.wordpress.com/sock-machine-history/

http://www.sockknittingmachines.co.uk/about_machines.php

http://www.guild-mach-knit.org.uk/forms/history_part1.pdf

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/the-technology-of-socks-in-a-time-of-war/248006/

 

You can find out more about the New Lanark Search Room, and becoming an Archive Volunteer on the New Lanark website.

Holly – New Lanark Archive Intern 

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24/06/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , New Lanark Search Room # , , , , ,

Search Room Spotlight – Clogs

Search Room Spotlight – Clogs

Since the New Lanark Conservation Trust was formed in 1974 we have acquired a number of objects either found during the restoration process or graciously donated by the public. Initially, we had no intention of creating a collection but have now managed to acquire a large collection of artefacts, books, archival documents, photographs, architectural drawings, and much more which are now all housed in the New Lanark Search Room. Each week, we will give you an up close and personal look at a featured item from our collection.

This week’s Search Room Spotlight: Pair of Lanchasire-style clogs

Pair of Lanchasire-style clogs

Pair of Lanchasire-style clogs

The item pictured is one of three pairs of wooden clogs that were donated to New Lanark. The boots are incredibly heavy and durable, made of leather with wooden soles and metal plates on the bottom as well as in the toe. These wooden clogs are similar to the 19th century Lanchasire style clogs that originated in Lanchasire, England. The Industrial Revolution gave rise to the popularity of clogs being used by workers in the mills, mines, and factories as they required strong, cheap footwear that was easy to repair. Further research indicates that many weavers adopted the wooden clogs while working in the mills which leads us to believe that these wooden clogs could have very well been used by the weavers at New Lanark during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Look out for next week’s Search Room Spotlight! You can find out more about the New Lanark Search Room on the New Lanark website.

Research links:

https://theeverydayclothingproject.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/clogs/

http://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/pair_of_19thc_wood__leather_pitt_lancashire_clogs/as155a878

http://bytesdaily.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/clogs.html

Holly – New Lanark Archive Intern 

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23/06/16 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

With the summer holidays fast approaching families across the country will be wondering to take the kids on a day out? Luckily for us in Scotland we have a fantastic range of attractions, parks and fun places to visit. As part of our Summer Blog programme, we’ve pulled together a list of days out in Scotland we think would be fantastic for Grandparents to take their Grandchildren. Keeping everyone happy with some nature, a bit of history & the chance to learn…and a nice hot cuppa at the end of the day!

New Lanark World Heritage Site – Visitor Centre 

First up is the Visitor Centre at New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village which became famous under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. In 2001 the village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding universal value’. Today visitors can learn about the fascinating industrial heritage and social history of the village through our award-winning Visitor Centre. Attractions in the Visitor Centre include the Annie McLeod Experience Ride (which takes you back in time!), the Roof Garden, Working textile machinery (where we now produce New Lanark wool), Housing Exhibits, the School for Children and the Village Store – complete with retro sweeties! We have a range of facilities on-site including the Mill Café, outdoor picnic & play areas, WiFi in selected areas, free accessible toilets & baby change and a beautiful Mill Shop which sells a range of gifts, homeware, clothing, books, accessories and of course, New Lanark wool! For those who love the great outdoors our village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and is the gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which is home to the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Enjoy a woodland walk to see the Falls and then return to the village to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream – made on site!

During the summer months we offer a programme of fun craft workshops for kids and daily guided tours of the village. To find out more about visiting please visit our website at www.newlanark.org or feel free to contact us with any enquiries at [email protected] / 01555 661345.

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Pittencrief Park 

There are three seperate play areas at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline! This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist. There you can also enjoy woodland trails, nature spotting, green houses and the Rubbings Trail. Don’t forget to look out for the resident peacocks!

Pittencrief Park

Photo credit: Fife Council Flickr

 

Scotland Street School Museum 

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in the three reconstructed classrooms.

Photo credit: Glasgow Life website

Scotland Street School

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the three engaging floors of the Science Mall. There’s also Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema, the Glasgow Tower and a programme of fascinating live shows.

Photo credit: Expedia

Photo credit: Expedia

David Livingstone Centre

The David Livingstone Centre is a child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. The museum is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde with woodland walks, a play park and a Nature Explorers Club that runs once a month on Saturday mornings. A shop and cafe might tempt you and these plus the grounds are free to visit.

David Livingstone Centre

Photo credit: the National Trust for Scotland website

 

With all of these great locations on your doorstep there’s more than enough to keep the grandchildren entertained this summer! If you’d like to find out more about visiting New Lanark, and our programme of tours and craft workshops over the summer please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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22/06/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , , ,

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

Here in New Lanark we are surrounded by tenement buildings which are rich in history and each have their own story. For example, Caithness Row was named after the highlanders who came to settle and work in New Lanark when their ship, intended for America, was brought into Greenock due to weather damage. David Dale had heard of this and sent a representative to Greenock to offer jobs and a place to live. Housing has always been a key feature here in New Lanark as David Dale offered free housing with good living conditions for their time, which was uncommon in this era. David Dale’s generosity was simply due to the fact that he believed those who worked in New Lanark should live in New Lanark because of the remote distance in which it is located. It was not practical to travel to New Lanark. All of the buildings in New Lanark have been restored today in their own unique way, for example, Robert Owens house has been renovated to look like what it once was when Mr Owen and his family lived there in 1799.

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Double Row’s beautiful riverside location

Double Row is the only building on the site which is yet to be restored. The riverside building has been empty and redundant for the past 42 years, however, is currently undergoing a restoration process and is set to be finished by December, 2016. The first 7 tenements will be town houses which are available to purchase and design inside. However, the 8th tenement, also known as the Museum Stair, which is now a Scheduled Monument will be interpreted in a CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) in a part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre so visitors can virtually experience being in a ‘room within a room’ throughout the decades of Double Row’s inhabitation.

Today we went on a ‘Hard Hat’ tour of Double Row and had an opportunity to view the restoration work so far. We were able to walk up the scaffolding which is currently surrounding the building and were lucky enough to view inside to see the layout of the tenements. We were also treated to some beautiful views of the Clyde! When inside Double Row you are able to view the 5 stories of each tenement and can visually imagine what it used to look like as the outline of the fireplaces are still visible. With the help of modern day technology, the Museum Stair will have a 3D tour which will allow visitors to view a digital version of what life was like in the past and you will even receive a guided tour from David Dale himself… well, with a little help from technology of course.

We were able to speak to the Land Engineering contractors who are in charge of the restoration work who explained what they had to do in order to restore the building.

Double Row was renovated partly in the past, around the mid-80’s, however, that was only to keep the building standing. Building conservation methods have advanced since then so the workmen have to change the tiles on the roof to match the modern day style. This is a long and strenuous process and has taken time to change the roofing slates and also to clear the debris left inside.

We look forward to seeing the restored Double Row later in the year. Here are some more photos from our Hard Hat Tour of Double Row…

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

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Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

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Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

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

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22/06/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Mill Shop – A new shopping experience!

New Lanark Mill Shop – A new shopping experience!

“The Mill Shop – More than just a gift shop…”

New Lanark Mill Shop; a place where New Lanark visitors can visit at the end of their day to relax and peacefully browse through the vast range of products that the shop has to offer. From books and homeware to gifts and New Lanark wool, the New Lanark Mill Shop’s product range offers a wide variety for all different types of customers. The Mill Shop was once located on the ground floor of Mill 2, however, it was relocated to the floor above in summer 2014, which provided the shop with a new lease of life and customers with a new shopping experience.

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Three little Harris Tweed Birdies…

The Mill Shop is currently managed by Julie Brown. Julie Brown has an impressive, diverse career before managing the shop – jobs ranging from interior design to owning her own business. Julie is fairly new to New Lanark and has already put her own stamp on the site. One of Julie’s key ambitions for the Mill Shop is to emphasise and promote New Lanark’s Organic, home-spun, tartan. The Organic Tartan is a blue/green colour with a subtle purple and a hint of yellow shining through – shades all inspired by the River Clyde and New Lanark’s woodland surroundings. The tartan is the world’s first Organic Tartan certified by the Soil Association.

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The Organic Tartan display in the Mill Shop

If you visit the Mill Shop you will be able to see the Organic Tartan range for yourself . New Lanark staff will also be wearing a piece of New Lanark’s other tartan fabric (non organic), perhaps in the form of a skirt or a waistcoat. Julie hopes that the Organic Tartan can be used in other parts of the site, for example, in the New Lanark Mill Hotel or in the Leisure Suite. However, Julie is still in the early stages of the developing the tartan product range – and one day hopes to introduce a core range of own brand fabrics and perhaps introduce some seasonal fabrics.

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Some of the Mill Shop’s beautiful gifts and homeware selection

New Lanark is visited by a range of difference audiences: whether it’s a family day out, wedding guests or an elderly couple going for lunch. One thing they all have in common is a visit to the shop. This is because the shop has such a diverse range of products to offer and can suit any customer. Currently, the books are a big seller which proves that there is still some appreciation for a hardback book in this modern age. Julie is looking to improve the food section they currently have on offer by getting more local produce from farms nearby in order to broaden the range. Julie also wishes to improve the children’s toy area.

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New Lanark Wool & Textiles – spun on site!

The Mill Shop was recently a host on Worldwide Knitting Day (Saturday 18th June). New Lanark was one of over 1000 events taken place across 57 countries. We were overwhelmed by the response to Knitting Day as local knitters came down to knit in a social environment, trading tips and advice with each other. We even had two visitors from Austria who added New Lanark Knit Day to their list of ‘things to do in Scotland’. Due to the success the knitting event brought us we are going to be hosting one every month! The next knitting event is scheduled for the 31st of July. An amazing, social event for knitters, who have proven that you can still connect and socialise with people without the use of technology.

Within the Mill Shop Brooks Menswear, a local company, showcase some of the finest gents fashions made in Scotland including an excellent range of lambswool Hawick Knitwear, Harris Tweed jackets and cashmere and lambswool scarves. From July 2016 the Mill Shop will also be joined by Joules – Established in Britain over 25 years ago and crafted with true British style and eccentricity, Joules designs upbeat, colourful clothing, footwear and accessories for women who live life to the full.

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Brooks Menswear in the New Lanark Mill Shop

The Mill Shop compliments the rest of the site here at New Lanark as it allows you to take a little piece of New Lanark heritage home with you. The products in the shop are linked with the hotel, for example, the soap used in the hotel is sold in the shop. Julie hopes the same can be done with the tartan in the foreseeable future.

The New Lanark Mill Shop is not just a ‘gift shop’ which people may believe. It is its own unique, branded shop which sells a vast range of products suitable for any age. The Mill Shop is a fundamental part of the site as it truly reflects what New Lanark has to offer.

The New Lanark Mill Shop is open 7 days a week – we’ll see you soon! (9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm on Sunday)

Ronan – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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15/06/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

Wondering where to take the kids this summer? There are some fantastic family days out right on your doorstep – from historic New Lanark to zoos & pools!

 

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site

The historic village of New Lanark is the perfect location for a family day out this summer! There’s so much on offer you could easily spend a full day here – from exploring our award-winning Visitor Centre to enjoying a woodland walk to see the famous three ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls!

New Lanark is a cotton-spinning mill village which was founded in 1785 by David Dale & Richard Arkwright. Over 200 years later the village has been recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal significance’.

The New Lanark Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, and during the summer holidays we run a programme of craft workshops and daily guided tours. UK Tax payers can ‘GiftAid’ their Visitor Centre admission making it valid for a whole year – meaning you can visit again and again!

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Over 200 years of fascinating social history & industrial heritage. Plus the stunning Falls of Clyde!
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2. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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Image credit: Blair Drummond Facebook page

 

3. Chatelherault Country Park

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Image credit: Visit Hamilton

 

4. M&Ds Theme Park

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Image credit: M&Ds website www.scotlandsthemepark.com

 

 

5. Deep Sea World

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Image credit: Deep Sea World Facebook page

 

6. Calderglen Country Park

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Image credit: Visit Scotland

 

7. Biggar Puppet Theatre

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Image credit: BBC CBBC website

 

8. Summerlee Industrial Museum

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Image credit: Visit Scotland

 

9. The Time Capsule

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Image credit: Visit Scotland

 

10. National Museum of Rural Life

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As you can see there’s a huge selection of fun days out for families to enjoy this summer! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark on our website at www.newlanark.org 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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14/06/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , ,

Historic letter marks 100 years of history at Double Row

Historic letter marks 100 years of history at Double Row

Double Row is currently being restored as a block of modern tenements which will be sold as a shell and the new tenants will be able to customise this new living space in their own way. Over the many years that Double Row has stood, people from multiple different generations have been able to call the tall standing building, with the scenic riverside view, their home. Along with all the history that surrounds us at New Lanark lies a beautiful story involving the Double Row building and a family who lived there.

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The Double Row tenement block at New Lanark

In 1906 James and Sarah Savage moved to Double Row and started a new life, raising their children in the town of New Lanark. One of their children, Henry Savage, was born in 1927. Henry Savage had a daughter called Maria Mannion – maiden name Savage. Maria kindly reached out to us at the New Lanark Trust to discuss the Savage family who lived at Double Row and to provide an insight on the life of her historic family.

Henry Savage and family pic. Double Row residents.

Henry and Margaret Savage. Mary Savage aged 7/8 years old is standing next to her mother.

Shortly before Maria Mannion reached out, a woman called Allison MacDonald contacted us to tell us about a letter which her father, Arthur Kelly, found whilst working for a construction company who took part in the first wave of restoring Double Row in the 1980’s. The letter was found in an attic room of the building, tucked into a notebook used for stamp collecting. Allison went on to further explain how the letter was addressed to Miss Mary Savage who is the great aunt of Maria Mannion. The letter was sent to Mary Savage from a friend from Country Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1916.

Allison MacDonald and her family came to New Lanark to meet with Maria Mannion, her husband Dermot and her cousin Sally who is also a Savage descendant. This was an emotional time for both the families as Allison passed over the letter which Mary Savage was meant to open in 1916 to Maria Mannion (Savage) who eventually opened it in 2016.

This historic letter had been reserved in an attic in Double Row and in the safe hands of Arthur Kelly for 100 years and has finally been delivered to a descendant of the Savage family. Originally, Allison MacDonald had asked if we wanted to keep the letter here in our archives, however, due to the emotional connection to the letter Maria Mannion decided to keep it and return home with it to where the letter was once sent from 100 years ago, Northern Ireland. A fitting end to a truly moving story, a letter written 100 years ago finally with a descendent of the family and returned back to where the letter was written and to where the family originated from.

 

Savage family at New Lanark.

Savage family at New Lanark.

 

Arthur Kelly, Sally, Allison Macdonald and Maria Mannion.

When Arthur Kelly, Sally, Allison MacDonald and Maria Mannion came to meet us at New Lanark!

You can find out more about New Lanark’s Double Row Restoration and the House History Project on the New Lanark website.

Ruth Beattie, Lead Researcher says “The ‘House History’ project is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about New Lanark’s people in the early 20th century and bring to light family stories and memories. We look forward to hearing from past residents or their relatives, and would encourage anyone with a story to share to contact us using the details below.”

Anyone with information, photographs or artefacts they would like to share should contact Ruth Beattie at New Lanark Trust on:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Call: 01555 661345
  • Post: ‘House History Project’, New Lanark trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB.

 

Ronan – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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New Lanark Mill Shop Father’s Day Gift Ideas

New Lanark Mill Shop Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Take a look at the range of perfect Father’s Day gifts we have in our Mill Shop! From Brooks Menswear Clothing & Accessories to cuff links, wallets and soap – there’s a gift to keep all dads happy! The Mill Shop is open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat and 10am-5pm Sunday.

We also have a range of socks and jumpers made using New Lanark wool available in multiple shades.

(Father’s Day is this Sunday 19th June)
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The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which include yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. The shop also features gents fashions from local retailer Brooks Menswear.The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusivley sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories.
Brooks Menswear, a local company, showcase some of the finest gents fashions made in Scotland including an excellent range of lambswool Hawick Knitwear, Harris Tweed jackets and cashmere and lambswool scarves. They also have an extensive choice of shirts, trousers and jackets as well as their very successful gift range from Old Guys Rule.
We are delighted to announce that in July 2016 Joules will be launching in the Mill Shop! Established in Britain over 25 years ago and crafted with true British style and eccentricity, Joules designs upbeat, colourful clothing, footwear and accessories for women who live life to the full.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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The best free days out in Scotland

The best free days out in Scotland

Everyone who visits Scotland loves our castles, lochs, whisky and tartan – but there’s so much more to discover! From our fascinating museums to hidden waterfalls and beaches, there’s history, heritage and beauty round every corner just waiting to be found. Here at New Lanark World Heritage Site we don’t have a monster in a loch (maybe in the river?!) but we do have activities that visitors of all ages can enjoy for a different experience of Scotland. In this blog post we have compiled a list of a selection of ‘free’ days out in Scotland to enjoy, including a walk to the famous Falls of Clyde which are right on our doorstep and many under an hour’s drive away!

 

Falls of Clyde Waterfalls & New Lanark

The famous ‘Falls of Clyde’ consists of three magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde – Dundaff Linn, Corra Linn and Bonnington Linn. Within the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, you can enjoy a woodland walk to see all three of the Falls – taking in the beautiful surroundings and wildlife spotting as you go! The gateway to the Falls is located in the village of New Lanark, an 18th century mill village which is now recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites. New Lanark is located less than 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and has many attractions and facilities on-site including a Mill Café, Shops, Visitor Centre, Hotel & more.

 

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is located in the centre in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile. The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof. Entry is free and donations are welcome! (By car, just over 1 hour from New Lanark)

 

Riverside Museum

The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century. Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.​ (By car, just under 1 hour from New Lanark)

#zahahadid #riversidemuseum

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Galloway Forest Park

The Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe. (By car, around 1.5 hours from New Lanark)

Such a pretty place 🚣🏞 #scotland #gallowayforestpark #camping #lochdoon

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Beaches in Scotland

Visit Scotland: “Golden sands, turquoise waters, peaceful bays and tumbling waves … there are few finer places than a beautiful Scottish beach on a warm summer’s day! With thousands of miles of coastline and more than 700 islands, Scotland boasts beaches to rival even the most tropical holiday destination. Each is ideal for long walks or relaxing with a tasty picnic, but you’ll find plenty of other things to keep you entertained, too: wildlife watching, fossil hunting, thrilling watersports and much more…”

 

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Visit Glenfinnan: “This wonderful piece of late Victorian construction is a site to behold. Completed in 1901 the viaduct was the first structure in the world to use at that time the new building material Mass Concrete. Over 100 feet in height and made up of 21 arches this viaduct is a beautiful piece of engineering and is a glorious sight. The viaduct has now gained notoriety as it has been used in many of the the Harry Potter films. Do you remember the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with the blue Ford Anglia flying around the engine and the viaduct?” (By car, just over 3 hours from New Lanark)

Glenfinnan Viaduct. Still minus a steam train 🚂. #Glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #lochshiel #visitscotland #instascotland

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Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. It has been used by generations of Scots and visitors for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere and scenery. Loch Lomond can be reached in just under an hour from Glasgow City Centre! Find out more on this website. (By car, just over 1 hour, 15 minutes from New Lanark)

 

St.Andrews

One of Europe’s finest towns, St Andrews is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the world’s home of golf. (By car, just under 2 hours from New Lanark)

 

Glencoe

Glencoe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also arguably Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen. Recently featured in James Bond Skyfall!

 

New Lanark is the perfect base for exploring the rest of Scotland. As well as being located on the banks of the fantastic Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, we have a range of accommodation options on-site to suit all budgets and tastes including the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering cottages. Visit our website to find out more!

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Aerial view of New Lanark World Heritage Site

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark World Heritage Site Aerial View

New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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