New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

February 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

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

Claudia and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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