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Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

You may not want to believe it but summer is slowly leaving us and we are entering the golden, enchanting time of year… autumn. There is plenty to see and do in the local area to make the most of this beautiful time of year!

New Lanark World Heritage Site

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Visitor Centre 

As the colder weather begins to set in, there is no better reason to spend the day inside our Visitor Centre. Enjoy an experience on the Annie McLeod Ride, take a wander over to Robert Owen’s house and discover what life was like for the people of his time.

Mill Shop & Mill Cafe

Re-fuel yourself after walking around the village and get in from the brisk weather for a cup of tea and a homemade scone from our Mill Cafe. The Mill Shop will be launching new loyalty cards in September, keep an eye out for them!

Autumnal Walk to the Falls of the Clyde

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

The Falls of the Clyde always produce beautiful views, no matter what time of year. Whether the sun is beaming down reflecting onto The Falls or if rain is lashing itself into The Falls, creating a wild, dangerous flow. However, there is something special about Autumn. Autumn can be ever so peaceful, when the leaves are turning golden brown and each falling leaf brings us one step closer to Winter. Take a walk up to The Falls of the Clyde and witness the sheer beauty New Lanark has to offer with the surrounding landscape.

October Week Guided Tours 

During the October Week (17th – 23rd October) New Lanark will be providing guided tours of the village which will allow visitors to get an insight of New Lanark’s history. For example, find out how Robert Owen and David Dale are related, or why the mill workers didn’t wear shoes…

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

 

 

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Knitting Day!

Due to previous success, we are hosting another Knitting Day in the Mill Shop on Saturday 29th October from 12-4 pm. Come on down to knit, socialise and share tips with other knitting enthusiasts.

There is plenty to get up to in New Lanark this Autumn, visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and keep yourself busy!

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site is not the only attraction to keep you busy throughout Autumn, here are some other local attractions in Lanarkshire.

Biggar Museum 

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If you are planning a day out in Lanarkshire, Biggar Museum should be on your list. You can find rich archaeological, social and historic heritage inside the Museum. The museum focuses on 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. Biggar Museum can be found at the top of Biggar High Street, head over to see what historic value they have to offer!

Craignethan Castle

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Another attraction to keep you busy during Autumn is a visit to Craignethan Castle. Enjoy a day out to the castle and see the unusual defences of this artillery fort built in the 1530’s. Not only can you admire the castle itself and all the history that comes with it, but you can also treasure the woodland view surrounding it. The Autumn views along with the historic culture will make for a brilliant day out!

Carmichael Visitor Centre

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Carmichael Visitor Centre have former Edinburgh Wax Model Collection on offer which depicts Scotland’s Millennium from Queen Margaret to present day. The wax models create a realistic feel to what life was like back in Queen Margaret’s time and throughout to Macbeth.

The Antonine Wall

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

If you are into Roman history, visit The Antonine Wall this Autumn to enjoy the rich history they have to offer. You will be able to see the remarkable impact the wall has had on the landscape. Even if you are not into Roman history as such you can still admire the beautiful landscape and enjoy the walking trails. You can also visit The Falkirk Wheel by boat from The Antonine Wall. Check out their Big Roman Week this September!

Be sure to visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and other local attractions this Autumn!

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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30/08/16 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Today (30/08/16) is the opening day of the Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition here at New Lanark. The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have painted a broad range of paintings which are now for sale. The paintings have been created with four different types of mediums. They range from Watercolour to Pastel to Acrylic and to Oils. The Exhibition can be found in the River Room, which is located in The Institute.

The art exhibition is here from today until the 26th of September, 10am-5pm. This is the second year the art groups have made New Lanark their chosen location to sell their paintings. There are many paintings available to purchase with prices ranging from £5 to £500! There is a broad selection of themes on offer; from an exquisite painting of a teddy bear to a colossal painting of waves crashing together generating the power for a storm. The theme that stood out was the New Lanark theme, which had paintings of the buildings here in the village. There was a full section dedicated to New Lanark with extremely impressive artwork!

New Lanark Paintings . . .

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I have personally picked out some of my favourite paintings…

‘Storm Bringer’ £500 . . .

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‘Wee Broon Dug’ £30 . . .

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Panda £30 . . .

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In charge of the opening day is ex school teacher, Heather Darling. Heather is an art enthusiast who loves to encourage adults to paint. All members in the group are keen artists who all contribute to the exhibitions. There are 3 art groups in Hamilton which are always looking for people to join! Heather and her team encourage any adult to join their groups, no matter what level of experience you have- from beginners to Picasso’s! The groups visit galleries and exhibitions mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. If you are interested in joining one of the groups feel free to contact Heather Darling at hbd_scot@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Here are some other paintings The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have to offer…

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So, if you are looking to indulge into some beautiful artwork, head down to New Lanark River Room to view Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition! There are plenty of impressive paintings for sale.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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30/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

It’s been an exciting summer for us here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Although it was hard to choose, here are our top 10 summer moments from 2016!

 

  1. Antiques Roadshow Filming. On 28th July we welcomed the crew from the BBC and over 2,200 visitors to our site for a fantastic day of filming!

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2. Back in Time Day. On 17th July we ‘stepped back in time’ with over 700 visitors to experience life in the village in the 1820s. We even met Robert Owen!

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3. On 18th June we received a visit from Hamish the Heilan Coo Visit Scotland Van! Here he is meeting our very own ‘Hamish’ pillow.

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4. At the Royal Highland Show 2016 our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three bronze medals!

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5. In the middle of August the Bonnington Power Station was turned off for maintenance so we were lucky enough to see the magnificent Falls in full spate!

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6. At the end of July we launched our beautiful Joules range in the New Lanark Mill Shop!

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7. Throughout June and July we hosted the free Scotstyle and Building Scotland exhibitions in the River Room.

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8. At the beginning of August Lorna Davidson passed on the baton to Scott McCauley, the new Chief Executive of New Lanark Trust!

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9. At the start of June we released a new promotional film for the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

 

10. The House History project which is linked to our Double Row Restoration Project  has been in full swing during the summer!

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After such a fantastic summer we can’t wait to see what autumn will bring! Visit our website to find out about what’s going on at New Lanark.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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26/08/16 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire would struggle to chose a better day to film down here at New Lanark than yesterday!(24/08/2016) The sun was shining whilst the Falls of the Clyde generated a cool, refreshing breeze… perfect conditions for filming!

A team of 8 from film production company Seventh Crow came down to New Lanark yesterday on behalf of Visit Lanarkshire to film part of a series of promotional films for great days out in North and South Lanarkshire. We were able to watch from behind the scenes of the filming and have a glimpse of what it is like to be part of the film crew. Two locations where used in New Lanark: the Roof Garden and the steps at the beginning of the walk to the Falls of the Clyde. New Lanark are honoured to be a chosen location by Visit Lanarkshire for the filming.

The filming on the Roof Garden was of a lady relaxing reading through a book in the sunshine, whilst she wore a distinctively large hat.

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The second location was the actor walking up to the Falls of the Clyde. As you can see below the actor walking beside the Clyde as the film crew follow with precision. Both sides had to be temporarily closed off to avoid any interruptions.

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I was able to speak to the crew and the actor who were telling me that it is great to get out to places like New Lanark as not all of them had been before. They named other locations in North and South Lanarkshire that they were going to film, one of them being Chatelherault!

Visit Lanarkshire expect to have their filming submitted by late September, therefore, the film will hopefully be online by October! We really enjoyed having Visit Lanarkshire here at New Lanark and are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

If you are interesting in undertaking professional filming or photography at New Lanark please email marketing@newlanark.org and we’d be delighted to discuss your requirements.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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25/08/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , ,

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, homeware, books, fashions & accessories. On top of all that, the Mill Shop also stocks a fantastic range of Scottish produce – from jewellery to honey! As the Mill Shop is located within New Lanark, one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we are dedicated to showcasing the ‘best of Scotland’ to the thousands of visitors who come to New Lanark every year. As well as being a great place for visitors to pick up souvenirs, the shop is also ‘more than just a gift shop’ and with new ranges being launched all the time, is the perfect destination shopping location for local shoppers!

Here is a selection of some of the range of Scottish products currently stocked in the Mill Shop

 

The Organic Tartan

The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusively sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories.

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Heathergems

Heathergems is a unique and imaginative range of Scottish jewellery and giftware, made in Pitlochry, Scotland from natural heather stems. They are the only manufacturers of this unique Scottish product anywhere in the world.

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New Lanark Ice Cream

Not quite sold in the Mill Shop, our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream is sold right next door in the Mill Café and across the village in the Village Store!

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Wrap pins, brooches and jewellery designed and hand made in Scotland by Maggie Lord. Individually created making each piece unique and hand painted in her own distinctive art style.

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The Scottish Fine Soaps Company

“We’ve been making our beautiful products since 1974. All of our products are made in Scotland, at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire. At The Scottish Fine Soaps Company, we blend gorgeous ingredients with contemporary Scottish style to create bath and beauty collections that will make you look, feel and smell fantastic. Since our family business was founded over 40 years ago, we’ve been searching Scotland and the world for inspirational ingredients with unique fragrances and beauty benefits.”

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Pewtermill Crafts

Pewtermill Crafts are a small family business established in 1960 by David Harkinson producing fine quality polished pewter jewellery and giftware. Each piece comes boxed and carries the touch marks of the Assosciation of British Craftsmen and of Pwetermill – as recoded on the Touch Plate of the Company of Pewteresrs at a grand ceremony in London in 2003.

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The Just Slate Company

Stunning range of slate tableware, slate gifts and slate homeware. All slate is natural and hand-cut in Scotland to fit with our contemporary designs. From our workshops in Scotland we hand-cut each individual slate piece to fit with our contemporary designs. By striking the raw slate correctly a skilled craftsman or women can split the layers to create a flat surface with the detailed “riven” edge surround.

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COCO Chocolatier

“Coco is an Artisan Chocolatier based in Edinburgh that specializes in making ethically traded, organic and most importantly delicious chocolate. Coco was established in 2004 as one of Scotland’s first chocolatiers. Now the Company has two gorgeous shops, on Bruntsfield and Stockbridge & a specialist Chocolate Kitchen in Summerhall, Edinburgh.”

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Plan Bee  – Scottish Honey

“Plan Bee Ltd is the fastest way to make a natural positive impact on your local environment. From our beehives, we produce premium grade bespoke honey from quintessential locations around Scotland. The important differentiator from our competitors is that our honey is cold extracted, minimally filtered and unpasteurized which is sustainable in its production and inherently proud of its origin. We also sell products of the hive including pollen, propolis and honeycomb.”

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Harris Tweed Range

“From time immemorial, the inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful and intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed. The islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra produce this luxury cloth entirely by hand and have long been known for the excellence of their weaving. However up until the middle of the nineteenth century, their cloth was used only on their crofts or sold at local markets, but in 1846, Lady Dunmore, widow of the landowner of Harris, the Earl of Dunmore, chose to have their clan tartan replicated by Harris weavers in tweed. ”

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New Lanark Wool & Textiles

Taking centre stage in the Mill Shop is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. New Lanark Wool & Textiles is a small-scale producer of high quality Chunky, Aran, Double Knitting and Organic woollen yarn. Our wool is produced using very traditional methods on a 19th century spinning mule, which is powered by renewable energy from our own hydro-electricity production. We are very proud of the fact that we are a “Green Energy Site”.

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The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week! 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Click here to find out more about visiting. 

Don’t forget to ask about the Mill Shop’s new Loyalty Cards!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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22/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Day trips to escape Edinburgh

Day trips to escape Edinburgh

After a buzzing August in the capital we’re now coming to the last week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!  This year the Fringe will have seen 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Scotland’s capital city.(Edinburgh Guide). If you have travelled to Edinburgh to soak up the fantastic atmosphere & performances, or if you’ve taken up residence in the city you’ll no doubt be ready for a break soon! Luckily for you there are a range of fantastic days out around an hour from Edinburgh, many of which will feel like a different world compared to the crowded streets of Edinburgh in August.

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site (33.8 miles from Edinburgh)

Don’t miss your chance to visit one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! New Lanark is an 18th century mill village by the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls which has been beautifully restored as a living, working community. The Visitor Centre, Shop & Café are open 7 days a week and there’s no charge to enter the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve for fantastic woodland walks.

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Stirling Castle (40 miles from Edinburgh)

Enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens and discover a world of colour, splendour and glorious craftsmanship.

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National Museum of Flight (22 miles from Edinburgh)

Wing your way to one of Scotland’s top days out at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.

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Linlithgow Palace (18.5 miles from Edinburgh)

Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.

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Melrose Abbey (38.8 miles from Edinburgh)

Discover a place so beloved by Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, and it was a highly desirable place to be buried.

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Find out more about incorporating a visit to New Lanark during your trip to Edinburgh

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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19/08/16 CAVLP # , , ,

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

Families are being invited to join in with FREE celebrations for award-winning Clearburn Natural Play Area’s Second Birthday Bash at New Lanark World Heritage Site, on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

The FREE family drop-in sessions will include a variety of woodland themed fun and games, including ‘Fab Foraging’ woodland scavenger hunt with Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, Woodland-Walk Storytelling with Mr Fox and Bunny Foo Foo from Storyteller Allison Galbraith and woodland crafts from local artist Shirley Marzella.

No birthday celebration would be complete without balloons and cake – fairy cakes will be available for the first families who turn up on the day.

Clearburn Natural Play Area, comprised of adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome and stage, a burn, a secret hideaway tree house, campfire and bug hotels amongst other features, was created in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site in September 2014 as a Big Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) funded project.

“In two years, Clearburn has become an important part of the local community,” says Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark Trust. She continues: “It is used extensively by local schools, nurseries and families, as well as visitors to New Lanark. People can always be found playing in Clearburn – it’s a testament to the fantastic design of the space which incorporates natural areas as well as built structures.”

The design of the play space was led by children from New Lanark Primary School, Robert Owen Memorial Primary School and Lanark Primary School, with involvement from 60 members of the local community, from the initial consultations right through to implementation. The names of school children involved in the projects were carved into a bench beside the willow tunnel so that their contributions will be remembered for years to come.

Since opening, the play area has scooped three prestigious awards; ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards (2016), ‘Commendation for a Community Play Space within a National Tourist Attraction’ Nancy Ovens Play Award (2015) and ‘High Commendation’ in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place’ Awards (2015).

Clearburn Natural Play Area is part of a wider initiative in the Clyde and Avon Valley focussing on wild play and connecting families with nature, such as the Growing Up Wild play sessions at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Mauldslie Woodlands and Lesmahagow during the summer holidays.

Karen Dobbins, CAVLP Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the celebrations with New Lanark Trust. A key focus for a number of CAVLP projects is to create opportunities for natural play and Clearburn is a fantastic asset to the area.”

She continues: “Surrounded by woodland and with the Clear burn itself flowing through the play area, it allows safe access for children to ‘play wild’ and explore the natural environment. It really is something to celebrate.”

The Clearburn second birthday bash is a FREE, family drop-in event on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

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Lanark Library to host Mapping the Past Exhibition and Guide Launch

Lanark Library to host Mapping the Past Exhibition and Guide Launch

Members of the public are invited to attend the FREE Mapping the Past pop-up exhibition and guide launch will take place on Monday 12 September, at Lanark Library.

The exhibition and guide explores the unique cartographic heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley and a 2000 year history of mapping in Scotland, including connections to the Father of Modern Mapping, Carluke born Major-General William Roy and local sites of interest, such as the area’s trig pillars.

The exhibition, first displayed in Carluke earlier in the year, also showcases artwork created by local community groups, schools and Guide and Scout groups as part of the Mapping the Past Project. The project was undertaken by CAVLP Heritage, managed by Northlight Heritage and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and Historic Environment Scotland.

“The creative maps are a wonderful addition to the more traditional elements of the exhibition,” explains Karen McCusker, CAVLP Heritage Project Officer. “We started the workshops by exploring the legacy of mapping survey techniques and the first Ordnance Survey maps that Major-General William Roy produced, before creating personalised and expressive maps based in the Clyde and Avon Valley.”

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to take home copies of the Mapping the Past Guide, which offers details about the mapping heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley. The guide will be available as a digital trail from www.clydeandavonvalley.org/trails from September 12 onward.

“The guide includes three trails and is a great way for all to get out and explore the mapping heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley,” says Gavin McGregor, Project Manager at Northlight Heritage. “It takes you on journeys between trig pillars, historic sites and even includes Alasdair Gray’s fantastic 1969 ‘Falls of Clyde’ mural at the Kirkfieldbank Tavern.”

The Mapping the Past exhibition and guide launch corresponds with the 80th birthday celebrations of the Trig Pillar this year. The first trig pillar was built by the Ordnance Survey in 1936. These pillars aided in the triangulation of Britain, which was vitally important to the creation of accurate maps of the country.  Around 6500 of these Trig Pillars were constructed, and from 1936 to 1962, OS surveyors gathered measurements to create a highly accurate map of Britain. Approximately 6000 of these still remain – two of which are in the Clyde and Avon Valley area at Black Hill and Milton Head.

The exhibition runs from Monday 12 – Friday 30 September at Lanark Library. It will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:15am – 5pm, Tuesday 9:15 – 8pm, Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 9:15 – 5pm. The exhibition will be closed on Sundays.

The exhibition precedes the launch of the Local Landscape Heroes CAVLP Heritage project later in September. This volunteer led project will celebrate the artists, writers, designers, architects and ordinary people of the Clyde and Avon valley who shaped the landscape and cultural heritage that defines the area as we know it today.

To find out more about CAVLP Heritage projects and how you can get involved, visit www.clydeandavonvalley.org. You can contact the team at cavlp.heritage@gmail.com or on 01555 663 430. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CAVLPHeritage or on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/CAVLPHeritage to keep up to date with events and workshops.

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16/08/16 SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , ,

Evening walk to Corra Linn

Evening walk to Corra Linn

We’re enjoying a spell of beautiful weather in Scotland at the moment, so we decided to make the most of it by going on an evening walk to see the Falls of Clyde last night.

These magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde have been impressing visitors for centuries – from Wordsworth to Coleridge, and J. M. W. Turner to Sir Walter Scott. The four linn (Scots: waterfalls) compromise of the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. Bonnington Linn (fall of 30 feet), Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn (fall of 10 feet) are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, a national nature conservation charity. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.

Visitors can enjoy walks within the native woodlands, spotting wildlife and wondering at the flora & fauna all around them. Look our for kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers!

Dundaff Linn can be seen from the far end of New Lanark village. From there it is around a 20-30 minute walk along the river boardwalk until you arrive at Corra Linn. It is then another 20-30 minutes before you arrive at Bonnington Linn. (in total this route is 3 miles)

Here are a selection of our photos from last night’s walk! Plan your own visit at www.newlanark.org where there’s also a handy map!

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Find out more about visiting New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde.

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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16/08/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

Windows Workshop!

On Thursday, the 17th of July, a group of 10 went on a windows workshop. This workshop allowed us to grasp an understanding of what the sash and case windows are like, since they are used all around New Lanark! We were shown by two experts of historic buildings/windows each aspect of the windows and learned about the history. The sash and case windows were very popular across Scotland and were installed in the 1680’s and 1690’s. Throughout the following centuries the windows began to develop and additions were added to them in order for them to be more efficient for people’s homes. For example, pulleys and weights were introduced in the late seventeenth century in order to make the windows more efficient. We were told, originally, that all the windows would have been made with local resources, such as: wood from the surrounding forests of New Lanark. There was a time when the wood was extremely cheap to buy and the glass itself was so expensive. When people sold their houses they would sell the house but take the glass from the windows with you.

The separate parts of the windows

The separate parts of the windows

The workshop tour began with a display of many parts to a sash and case window. All parts were laid out on a table for us to see and we were also able to interact with them, by picking them up to feel the weight and texture of the parts to the window! Each aspect was then described to us and we were shown what each part would be used for. After the initial workshop we took a well-earned tea break…

After a short break we started the tour again. Full of tea and biscuits, the 10 of us headed to the first window of the Millworkers’ Houses. This was used as an example for the sash and case windows as we were able to take an up close look at the window itself. If you looked closely you were able to see the red lead used when fitting the windows during the time of the restoration. Red lead was used for all windows and those who earned more money paid for the window fitters to use a different colour of lead so they could differentiate themselves. The sash and case windows were described as “Henry Ford production lines” which means that the windows were just a standard style and were produced in bulk without any specialised styling.

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Mill Workers House window

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Demonstrating the red lead on the windows.

Demonstrating the red lead on the windows.

 

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Do  you see the red lead?

Once we viewed the windows at the Mill Worker houses, we then moved down to counting house where we had a look at all the windows from a distance. Viewing the windows from a distance allowed us to see how the brick work around each of the windows were rarely the same. This suggests that during restoration they did not care about all the brickwork around the windows looking the exact same.

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Heading to the Counting House!

The tour provided us with a better understanding of how the windows in New Lanark were made and why they were so popular.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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