Portrait of Robert Owen

Portrait of Robert Owen

This is the Blog for New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland and on this blog we’ll keep you posted with information about developments, news, events and everything New Lanark!

We are always looking for guest bloggers to become involved with the blog. If you are interested in writing for us, please get in touch.


Our Guest Bloggers

Liz writes our lovely Roof Garden Diaries and other nature related posts.

…more coming soon! Would you like to be one? Get in touch.




A brief history

Founded by David Dale in 1785, the village became famous as a model industrial community under the enlightened management of Dale’s son-in-law, Robert Owen, from 1800-1825. Owen transformed life in New Lanark with ideas and opportunities which were at least a hundred years ahead of their time. Child labour and corporal punishment were abolished, and villagers were provided with decent homes, schools and evening classes, free health care, and affordable food.

Today, New Lanark is still a living community and also a popular visitor attraction, which welcomes visitors from all over the world. The village is in the care of an independent charity – New Lanark Trust.