New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

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Meet the Guides: Alex

Meet the Guides: Alex

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Alex Davies

Hometown: Dunbar

When did you start working at New Lanark? March 2017

What is your dream job or career? To be a museum education officer or a children’s author.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? By the Falls.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? Robert Owen and what he did to make his Millworkers lives better.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? Friendly people and a beautiful place to work.

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Inspiring!

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Oscar Wilde – I think he’d be very witty.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? 1890s in France, I like Art Nouveau.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

As part of Alex’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at www.newlanark.org

Alex and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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19/04/17 Uncategorized # , , , , , , ,

A taster of Archaeology at New Lanark

A taster of Archaeology at New Lanark

On Tuesday 18th April New Lanark took part in the global ‘World Heritage Day’ celebrations, showcasing what makes each of the 1,052 UNESCO World Heritage Sites unique and worthy of “outstanding universal value”.

A variety of activities took place at New Lanark over the Easter weekend from 16th – 18th April – all celebrating our unique heritage. These ranged from a Scanathon on Monday, a yarnbomb on Tuesday (you can read all about it here) and three days of Archaeology Taster Tours!

The tours were designed to give visitors a unique opportunity to get a taster of archaeology by seeing volunteers at work excavating post-abandonment deposits from 1 Double Row’s basement. There was an archaeologist on hand to explain the process and let visitors know about any interesting “finds”. As well as visiting the Double Row tenement block, the tour also visited the site of Mantilla Row where visitors had the chance to find out more about this lost building in New Lanark’s history. The tours were delivered by Northlight Heritage.

We went along on the last tour of the series on World Heritage Day…

Inspecting the visible (above ground) archaeology of Mill One – New Lanark Mill Hotel

After three days of excavation work the volunteers begin the backfilling so as to protect the finds for future generations and minimise disruption to the excavated area

Showing some of the fantastic restoration work to the exterior of Double Row

Feature details, like these wrought iron air vents have been maintained throughout the building to create a high-quality and authentic historic conservation

Amy, an Archaeology Student from the University of Glasgow has been volunteering on the Double Row excavation project

One of the three trenches excavated in the basement of 1 Double Row

Excavations have uncovered the fascinating area of paving stones, deliberately arranged so as to have a defined, curved edge – perhaps to allow the flow of another pathway from the doorway into the basement

The scaffolding is in the process of being removed at Double Row

Finishing touches on the stonework

Next on the tour, we saw the demarcation of Mantilla Row – where the exterior walls, doors and windows would have stood

The little-known history of Mantilla Row

A fascinating insight into the many names Mantilla Row has been known as through the years – the exact origins of its name are still unknown, but the presiding theory is that the name has evolved over the years through oral tradition and may have also been altered through interpretation of handwriting or accents!

 

The Archaeology Taster Tours were funded by a Townscape Heritage / Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme which is taking place at New Lanark over the next three years. Phase 1 of this large scale restoration project began in March 2016 and consisted of the restoration of Double Row, an 18th century tenement building. In 2017, Phase 2 of this project will include the construction of low rubble walls to indicate where the Mantilla Row tenement once stood before its demolition in 1988 and the repair and consolidation of the Church Wall. Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

 

If you would like to be kept up to date about any future activities linked to the project please sign up for New Lanark’s monthly e-newsletter here.

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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18/04/17 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , ,

New Bucket List Challenge Launched on World Heritage Day

New Bucket List Challenge Launched on World Heritage Day

Scotland’s six most iconic sites celebrated as part of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza and Machu Picchu are at the top of many traveller’s lists – but did you know that Scotland has six World Heritage Sites of its very own? To help bring this “wanderlust” closer to home, Dig It! 2017 has launched a new Bucket List starring these six marvels of ingenuity and imagination.

According to the United Nations, these places have special importance for everyone. They represent unique (or the most significant or best) examples of the world’s cultural heritage. Scotland’s sites cover over 5,000 years of history and range from a mysterious group of Neolithic monuments in Orkney to a picturesque cotton mill village in Lanark.

The challenge was issued as part of the Scotland in Six series of events running on World Heritage Day – Tuesday 18 April 2017. Coordinated by Dig It! 2017 and supported by EventScotland, the six events ranged from a 1:1 scale Minecraft recreation of St Kilda to a Battle of the Bands, which pitted New Town against Old Town with Georgian-era musicians and medieval minstrels performing across Edinburgh.

 

Culture and Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Scotland’s six iconic World Heritage Sites are magnificent. They are of international significance and attract thousands of visitors every year.

“This challenge, part of Dig It! 2017, will encourage tourists from home and abroad to discover some of Scotland’s finest attractions.

“History and heritage is a key driver for visits to Scotland, which is why in 2017 we are celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”

 

Dr Rebecca Jones, Head of the Archaeology and World Heritage Team at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“A lot of bucket list challenges are long and unwieldy and arguably pretty difficult to achieve, but the great thing about putting Scotland’s six World Heritage sites on your bucket list is that experiencing them all is perfectly possible – and indeed advisable!

Each of these iconic sites has something different to offer, from the stunning prehistoric monuments of ancient Orkney to the meticulously built 2,000 year old Roman frontier of the Antonine Wall; from the social impact of New Lanark, one of the largest industrial sites in the world, to the Forth Bridge, an internationally renowned feat of engineering. Ticking off the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s iconic Old and New Towns before braving the journey across the sea to the now-uninhabited island beauty of St Kilda is enough to take your breath away.

We hope Dig It! 2017’s Bucket List will encourage more people than ever before to travel to Scotland’s incredible World Heritage Sites in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”

 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

“With over one third of visitors drawn to Scotland for its history and culture, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 is an exciting opportunity to relive Scotland’s fascinating past.

“Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites are truly iconic attractions, drawing thousands of visitors from around the globe every year. 

“We are sure this Bucket List challenge, and the other fantastic events planned to celebrate World Heritage Day, will encourage even more visitors to experience the wonders of our World Heritage Sites.”

 

The Bucket List was created by Dig It! 2017 with support from Historic Environment Scotland and EventScotland. The free list is now available on the Dig It! 2017 website.

To explore the Bucket List and learn more about Scotland’s six sites, visit DigIt2017.com/WorldHeritageSites

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12/04/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Claudia

Meet the Guides: Claudia

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Claudia Castelinni

Hometown: Padova, Italy

Age: 32

When did you start working at New Lanark? March 2017

What is your dream job or career? Tourist Guide! Promoting culture, art and history to students and tourist from different countries.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Standing at the water wheel and looking at the view of Dundaff Linn.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The social reforms that took place here – the attention that was given to the workers, treating them as human beings and to the children allowing them the time to play and learn.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? The interest and enthusiasm you can create with your audience when you describe everything that happened here in the past.

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Unexpected!

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? I would be very interested to sit at the same table as Robert Owen and his Italian “disciple” Adriono Olivetti. There would be many interesting discussions about the treatment of workers, their well being and improvements in society!

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? I am an Linda Hop dancer so I would ike to live in the 1940s for the fashion, the lifestle and the upcoming changes in society.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? My peaceful island is Pollock Park in Glasgow but I also like walking along the River Clyde discovering the little villages that were part of Scotland’s history.

As part of Claudia’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at www.newlanark.org

Claudia and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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11/04/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary – April 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – April 2017

This month lovely wood anemones carpet the floor of New Lanark’s woodland with a flush of starry white flowers.  You can see these precious wild flowers, also known as Lady’s Nightcap, beside the Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play Area next to the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve at New Lanark.  According to the charity Plantlife, wood anemones are a well-known indicator of ancient woodland as they spread very slowly from rootstocks rather than seeds.  On the grassy bank below Caithness Row,  the  daffodils are giving a brilliant display just now.  It won’t last, so come along soon and enjoy the fresh air and flowers!

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark at www.newlanark.org 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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06/04/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

This is an excerpt from Warren Elsmore’s book Brick City, which shares the same name as the exhibition created by Warren – Brick City – which New Lanark is hosting from 28th June – 9th August 2017. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and selling fast.

Warren Elsmore…

“I’ve been a fan of LEGO® since before I can remember. Even my parents can’t recall when this started – I just always seemed to love it. I wasn’t content with the simple models, though. As soon as I had mastered those, I wanted to create a whole city. Ever January I would pore over the LEGO catalogue planning a whole year in advance and deciding which ones to ask for as birthday and Christmas presents, and which to save up for myself.”

“Before too long, my bedroom was filled with a huge city layout. It was planned to the last detail so that it really fitted together as a town. It had not only traditional LEGO® models of the fire and police stations, but also an airport, a garage, shops and a railway station – even if the track only ran around the city and back to the station again. It even had old ruined city walls, re-purposed from the LEGO castle range to add character.”

Dale and Millie checking out Brick City

“Sadly, I moved away from LEGO as I grew up, and only came back to it in my twenties, discovering my passion was stronger than ever. This time I built the city I had always wanted to build as a child. My station had multiple platforms and more than one train – even though they technically didn’t go anywhere. Next, I painstakingly built a copy of our house, scaled so that the LEGO minifigures could be placed inside. Then I built the train that occasionally took me to London and, after that, a working model of the 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mile)-long Forth Bridge for my new train to travel over – a beast of 3 metres (9 feet and 10 inches) long. By then I wanted to show these models off at events, so I decided to start on something more ambitious. Eighteen months and 120,000 bricks later, I unveiled my model of London’s St.Pancras railway station at the LEGO fair in Denmark. This showpiece has since toured both the UK and Europe, been featured on the BBC television, and paved the way to a new career as an independent LEGO artist.”

Warren’s amazing model of St.Pancras Station!

 

Brick City is running from 28th June – 9th August 2017 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets are on sale now at www.newlanark.org.

Melissa Reilly – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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04/04/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Tours at New Lanark # , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Jamie

Meet the Guides: Jamie

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Jamie McCaw

Hometown: Lanark

Age: 23

When did you start working at New Lanark? November 2016

What is your dream job or career? To become a primary teacher – I’m going to the University of the West of Scotland in Hamilton to do a teaching course in August.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Looking out to Dundaff Linn from the water wheel because it’s such a pretty view.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The social and education reforms that David Dale and Robert Owen brought to New Lanark.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? Doing the Historic Classroom roleplay with primary schools – you get to be stricter than in class nowadays!

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Revolutionary

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Charles Darwin to discuss his theory of evolution.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? Somewhere around the 1920’s – 1930’s as the music of the time was amazing – big band, swing etc!

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? One of the most amazing places I’ve visited is Melrose Abbey. It is so stunningly beautiful and historic!

 

As part of Jamie’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at www.newlanark.org

Jamie and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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03/04/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

New staff guiding the way at New Lanark World Heritage Site

New staff guiding the way at New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark is preparing for a busy spring season by welcoming on board 6 lively new staff members who will be offering visitors guided tours of the historic village as part of their new role along with our existing tour guides.

The new staff members all have a keen interest in history and are delighted to be working at one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – “Revolutionary, Unexpected, Scenic and Inspirational” are some of the words they used when asked to describe New Lanark in one word.

Claudia Castelini, one of the new Visitor Attraction Assistants said “My favourite thing about working at New Lanark is the interest and enthusiasm you can create when telling visitors about all of the significant events in the village’s history”. Ciaran Cruise also added that he is “proud to say we’re still a living and working community”.

Left to right: Claudia Castellini, Josh Currie, Alexandra Davies, Jamie McCaw, Paige Hughes and Darren Hardie.

Left to right: Claudia Castellini, Josh Currie, Alexandra Davies, Jamie McCaw, Paige Hughes and Darren Hardie.

Visitors will be able to discover more about the fascinating history of the village through ‘The Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will last around 45 minutes and highlight the key historical milestones on the village’s timeline that helped shape it into the UNESCO World Heritage Site it is today. The tours will be running twice daily at 11am and 2pm and will be included in the price of the New Lanark Visitor Attraction ticket. Additional thematic and behind the scenes tours will be rolled out later in the year, giving visitors the chance to discover more about the buildings, power, industry and people that shaped New Lanark.

Visitors who don’t have time to visit the whole Visitor Attraction, or have visited before can still have a chance to discover more about the history of the village by paying £5 to join one of the tours.

Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager said “Following public consultation through our online survey we discovered that a large proportion of our visitors were keen to learn more about the history of New Lanark through guided tours. We’re delighted that we are now able to begin offering these tours and would like to give a very warm welcome to all of our new staff”.

New Lanark is a perfect day out this Easter for all ages where visitors can explore the New Lanark Visitor Attraction, enjoy a guided tour, walk to the Falls of Clyde or simply enjoy a picnic at Clearburn Play and Picnic Area. In the village there are also Mill Shops, the informal Mill Café for light bites and the stunning Mill One Restaurant for exquisite Scottish dining.

Further information on visiting New Lanark and tickets can be purchased at www.newlanark.org

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