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Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Ahead of the ‘Laughs and Landscapes’ exhibition opening at New Lanark on 31 March, we were delighted to welcome Mark Melville from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire to write a guest blog to introduce the project…

“They say time flies when you’re having fun and this might explain were the last two years have gone on the Laughs and Landscapes heritage media project.

The project set out nearly two years ago to engage unemployed young people with their local heritage by using the creative industries and development of media skills as a tool for this, we had volunteers participating in all kinds of creative workshops and doing everything from going on photography expeditions, making documentary films of local heritage locations and delivering a fantastic digital transfer service in the community offering to transfer community cine-films and old 35mm photographic slides to digital formats.

 

Laughs and Landscapes

The work that was done all formed part of our Laughs and Landscapes touring exhibition showcasing the volunteer’s hard work and achievements.

The laughs and landscapes project really has been an education for the young people involved, getting the opportunity to shadow and learn from media industry practitioners and participating on projects that covered the stories of places like New Lanark, David Livingston, the Coal-burn miners and even a World War 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke to name a few of the historical projects.

In terms of successes along the way there has been some great ones! a Local MSP put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament for our Laughs and Landscapes project which was backed by several more MSP’s, we showcased an excellent project documentary film at the South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival last year, we digitized and enhanced long lost 100 year old glass slides found in an attic that documented a world war 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke and last but not least many of our participants have gone on to develop new found confidence and aptitude’s and found work and college opportunities thanks to the experiences they have gained on the project and work portfolios.

The touring Exhibitions have been well received as well with fantastic comments being left in the book from far flung places such as China, Palestine and Australia.

All in all I feel the project has been a brilliant success having seen first-hand how it has built confidence and created positive changes in the young people involved in the project, it has allowed them to celebrate and showcase their talents and successes and in turn they have developed a wealth of knowledge with regards to local history and learned about things they would never have thought about researching beforehand.
The next Laughs and Landscapes project exhibition is at New Lanark starting on 31 March 2015 – So why not come along and see for yourself the great work being done.”

 

Mark Melville, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire – Guest Blogger

 

Entry to the exhibition is free, and runs until Monday 27th April 2015 in the New Lanark River Room.

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How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

Did you know that New Lanark make our own Ice Cream? Our Award Winning Dairy Ice Cream is made using fresh milk to a traditional recipe and is available in a range of delicious flavours, from Vanilla to Jammy Dodger!

New Lanark Ice Cream Ltd is owned by the New Lanark Trust, so whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Andy, Ronnie (photographed below) and Jim from the New Lanark Ice Cream Team recently attended the Ice Cream Expo 2015 in Harrogate.

We’re delighted to say that our ‘Vanilla’ flavour was awarded a Diploma of Merit in the Dairy Ice Cream, artisan class. Our ‘Vanilla Pod’ and ‘Jaffa cake’ flavours gained a Diploma in the Open and Open flavour classes respectively. Congratulations to the team!

New Lanark Ice Cream Team - Andy and Ronnie

After our success at Harrogate, we thought this would be the perfect chance to visit the New Lanark Ice Cream factory to find out how our delicious Ice Cream is made…

 

Step 1. All the secret ingredients are mixed together in a machine called the ‘Pasteuriser’. This huge machine can hold up to 220 litres at a time, and cooks the mixture in the temperature controlled enviroment over a period of up to 24 hours.

 

Step 2. Next comes the ‘Batch Freezer’, the mixed up liquid from the pasturiser is poured into the Batch Freezer in batches of 10 litres at a time. At this point special flavourings and ingredients can be added.

New Lanark Ice Cream being poured into the Batch Freezer

 

Step 3. The machine then takes 10 minutes to freeze each batch into a frozen consistency that isn’t solid, but still manageable allowing it to be poured into tubs like you can see below…

 

Step 4. Depending on the flavour of Ice Cream being made, solid ingredients are mixed in at this point using a spatula. Today we’re making Jammy Dodger Ice Cream so the ‘jammy’ flavour and biscuit pieces are mixed in gradually. 

New Lanark Ice Cream 

Step 5. The tubs are then transported to the Blast Chiller which freezes the Ice Cream quickly at a temperature of around -22 degrees!

Step 6. TASTE! What can we say – freshly made Ice Cream has to be the next best thing since sliced bread. New Lanark Ice Cream isn’t aerated so the consistency is very thick and creamy. 

 

New Lanark Ice Cream is available to buy at our Ice Cream Parlour in the Mill Café, is sold in a number of local farm shops and is served in hotels & restaurants across the country. We make over 60 flavours of Ice Cream and 20 flavours of sorbets. If you have a special requirement or taste we can also do bespoke flavours! Email our Ice Cream chef/production on [email protected] to find out more. 

 New Lanark Ice Cream

Anyone for a cone?

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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09/12/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , ,

Meet our pantomime cast!

Meet our pantomime cast!

New Lanark are delighted to welcome back Arkeen Theatre Company to produce the wonderful pantomime for our Christmas Experience 2014. This year’s fun-filled show ‘Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat’ is showing three times a day every weekend (12.15pm, 2pm & 3.30pm) until Sunday 21st December, and again on Christmas Eve!

Read on to find out more about Arkeen and meet the cast of the show…

Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for 15 years.  With stories including The Enchanted Forest, Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop and Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat this year; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past;  within quality, fun and entertaining productions. Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering their original script Is This Me? to S1 in South Lanarkshire secondary schools commissioned by SLC .  This production highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level. They have also written and delivered the highly acclaimed SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for 8 years.   This project raises Child Protection issues for  P5-7. The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours. New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel and The Victorian Christmas Workshops in the School for Children. Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.

Director and writer – Joanne Tulips

Musical Director – Raymond Tulips

 

james James Muldoon – Maw McLeod
James began his training at Jazzart Uk and then continued on to London and graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  Since graduating, James has performed in various musicals and was one of 4 lead singers, onboard the Queen Mary 2, ocean liner. This is James 5th year working with Arkeen Theatre Company and his 5th Panto season at New Lanark. As well as panto he has performed Arkeen’s Victorian Christmas in New Lanark School House, and Is This Me? touring South Lanarkshire secondary schools highlighting the effect of alcohol misuse. James is delighted to be back in pantoland at New Lanark and to be first male Dame! Maw McLeod is certainly alive and kicking!

 

  288759  Katy-Louise Pritchett – Baroness Whinge
Katy-Louise trained in Acting and Performance and then went on to work as an actor, entertainer and workshop leader.  She is delighted to be back for her 5th Christmas season working for Arkeen Theatre Company in the New Lanark pantomime and A Victorian Christmas.  It is Katy-Louise’s’ 10th year performing in pantomime and her favourite time of year.  Her previous work has included performing in touring with small scale productions with other Scottish theatre companies and producing her own one-woman sing-along show.  Katy-Louise is based in Inverness and runs her own Entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in workshops and children’s entertainment.  She loves her job as there is never a dull moment!

 

katy Fiona Harris – Kate Whinge
Fiona began her training in the arts at a young age. After her early education, Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Since graduating, Fiona has been fortunate enough to be working in a profession in which she has a passion for. Theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me’ with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona is thrilled to be working with Arkeen for the second time and is looking forward to the remainder of her performances as Kate at the New Lanark Panto.

 

 Robert Aitken – Jock McLeod
Robert graduated in 2012 from Motherwell College where he gained a First Class B.A Honours in Acting. Robert has been working professionally for two years and has portrayed many characters throughout his career from Dracula in Dracula by Liz Lochhead to the Baron in Jack in the Beanstalk. Other credits include: Soldier in Wounds to the Face (Howard Barker), Joey in Road (Jim Cartwright) and Jamie in Is this me? (Arkeen Theatre Company). He has performed all over the country, including the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, however he is thrilled to be working with Arkeen once  Theatre Company again. This is Robert’s second time working with Arkeen and was ecstatic to land a role in the School for Children’s Victorian Christmas and as the hero, Jock, in Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat.   Find out more about New Lanark’s Christmas Experience.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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27/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , ,

Christmas is coming to New Lanark!

Christmas is coming to New Lanark!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience. Opening on Saturday 29th November, and taking place every weekend until Sunday 21st December, plus Christmas Eve, New Lanark’s Christmas Experience is a great opportunity for a festive day out the whole family can enjoy…and right on Lanark’s doorstep!

We caught up with the New Lanark Christmas Elves to see how they were getting on transforming the site before the opening weekend…

“Santa gave us some time off from the toy factory so we could come down to New Lanark and help turn the site into a winter wonderland. We’ve been very busy decorating, and we can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they arrive at the new-look Christmas Experience 2014!”

Take a look at some of their fantastic work so far!

Painting dolls in the Toy Kingdom Grotto

Getting crafty to create toys for Santa’s ‘Toy Kingdom’ Grotto

Art on the walls in Santa's 'Toy Kingdom' Grotto

This is an art attack! Lots of bright colours going on the walls in Santa’s ‘Toy Kingdom’ Grotto

Christmas trees and critters in the Enchanted Woodland

Christmas trees and critters in the Enchanted Woodland

Say hello to New Lanark's newest resident in the Frozen Falls!

Say hello to New Lanark’s newest resident in the Frozen Falls!

Looks good enough to eat...Santa's Grotto in the 'Toy Kingdom'

Looks good enough to eat…Building work is almost finished on Santa’s Grotto in the ‘Toy Kingdom’

Brrrrrrr....it's looking frosty in the Snow Tunnel!

Brrrrrrr….it’s starting to look frosty in the Snow Tunnel!

Our New Lanark Christmas Elves have been very busy!

Our New Lanark Christmas Elves have been very busy indeed!

We can’t wait to welcome lots of families to the New Lanark Christmas Experience so they can enjoy the finished results! Tickets are available to book now.

Join the event on our Facebook page.

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Lights, camera….action!

Chinese Travel Series filming at New Lanark

Last week we were delighted to welcome the crew from the Chinese Travel Channel to film at New Lanark. They travelling around the UK for 40 days filming a series on all the fantastic places to visit in Scotland and England. They decided to focus on New Lanark as we are one of Scotland’s 5 World Heritage Sites, and because of our architecture and textile machinery which makes our site a fascinating example of yarn production in the times of the industrial revolution. (In case you didn’t know, New Lanark Wool is still produced onsite using a 19th century spinning mule)

They are going to send us a link to the show once it airs in China in January 2015, so keep an eye out for it on our social channels!

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

With just over one week until the New Lanark Christmas Experience opens, we’re delighted to welcome Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 DJ Gina McKie as a guest blogger here on the New Lanark Blog. Gina and fellow Clyde 1 presenter Gavin Pearson attended our Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the summer, and Gina will be working with us again to promote our Christmas Experience online and on Clyde 1 throughout December. Remember to listen out for our advert!

Here’s Gina’s first guest post:

I love Christmas. Magical surroundings always add that extra sparkle too. I am so excited to be part of the Christmas Experience this year at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I am going to be filming my experience in a few weeks and can’t wait. I have visited New Lanark many times but never over the festive period. I can smell the mince pies and mulled wine already. Oh, and If you have never tasted their own homemade Ice Cream (parma violets flavour is my favourite) then you are in for a special treat.

My first actual experience of New Lanark was a few years ago. It was a beautiful summer day and I quite simply was on a day out, discovering beautiful places in Scotland and I stumbled across New Lanark. As I approached this spectacular site, I felt as if i was driving into another world. There is a sense of peace and tranquility around this site. Everyone was so friendly. I met various tourists (from Russia to Australia) and some lively Scottish families also ‘on a good day out’. My only regret is that I didn’t stay but I definitely plan an overnight experience over the festive period.

You can’t diet at this time of year and not when you see the awesome menu of glorious food at New Lanark. I can justify this over indulgence by reassuring myself that I will have a brisk walk ‘the morning after’. If you have never felt the freshness from the Falls Of The Clyde just by New Lanark, I recommend you take a stroll. It’s beautiful and rather enchanting. Mystical and magical at this time of year.

The cotton mill village is most impressive and there are various walks and talks throughout the year, taking you back in time as you learn about the incredible life of mill manager Robert Owen. I can’t wait to see the magical touch the staff will add to the mill! The staff are more than helpful and want you to have a great time; they are full of pride and enthusiasm. Quite right too!

As I write this, I am getting in the Christmas spirit. Bring on The Christmas Experience! At New Lanark, it’s extra special this year and of course it is for the whole family. Classy and cool, you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s the The Spirit of Christmas Ride or Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat pantomime, you will just love it. Oh yes, and you are never too old for the Toy Kingdom Santa’s Grotto. There are various Christmas craft activities too and I know my nephew will spend all day making cards for the family. I hope to see you there. You will probably find me in the Mill Shop doing a little Christmas shopping for unusual gifts. Hopefully see you soon….

Gina McKie – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Tickets for the New Lanark Christmas Experience are £9.50pp, and fantastic value family tickets are available – book now.

New Lanark Christmas Experience

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A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

We’re more than three weeks into the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and so far over 6,000 visitors have come through the doors for a chance to see the stunning Scottish artwork. With an average of 300 visitors each day, the successful running of the exhibition would not be possible without the generous help of our tapestry volunteers!

“We recently gained ‘Volunteer Friendly’ status from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, and we believe that has had a huge impact in attracting people to volunteer at the tapestry” said Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Over 30 volunteers are involved in the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and they undertake a range of tasks – from providing a friendly welcome to the exhibition and answering questions, to helping people leave their stitch on the People’s Panel. A number of the tapestry volunteers already volunteer at New Lanark in the Search Room, working on digitising the vast range of  archives from the World Heritage Site. The rest have chosen to give up their free time for a number of reasons – some have even volunteered at previous Great Tapestry exhibitions around Scotland and couldn’t resist the chance to be involved again.

We asked some of our volunteers what their favourite thing about volunteering at the Great Tapestry was:

“It’s really interesting to be volunteering here, and it’s amazing to be able to see all of the incredible detail that has went into the panels. I’ve met lots of people I wouldn’t normally have met, and it’s great to be able to answer peoples questions about the tapestry. The question I get asked most is where it’ll be exhibited next…but that’s not been announced yet!” Helen Bell

 

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to show people around the tapestry. It’s 143m long, so you really appreciate all the work that has gone into it. My favourite thing about volunteering is talking to people, and being able to answer their questions about the tapestry. I’d recommend volunteering to anyone as it’s really worthwhile, and it’s nice being able to help the public” Kenneth Ellis

 

“I helped to stitch Panel 97, and have been part of a banner group since 1990. After we stitched a banner for ‘Glasgow: City of Culture’ in 1990, we received a certificate saying we could graze our sheep and hang our washing in Glasgow Green. We told Andrew Crummy that and he included a little washing line and sheep in Panel 97’s football design! I love meeting everyone who visits the tapestry, hearing their positive comments and where they’ve come from”  Marilyn Caddell

 

“I used to teach in Carluke, so it’s been great meeting people that I wouldn’t have expected to see here: parents, pupils and friends!” Lorna Chapman

 

“I live locally and saw an advert looking for volunteers in the paper. I enjoy Arts & Crafts, and I helped embroider the Millenium Tablecloth for Lanark Rural – so it seemed like it would be very interesting to volunteer at the tapestry. It’s wonderful seeing the fantastic reception the tapestry receives from visitors from around the world” Eileen Greig

We spent the day at the Great Tapestry with our volunteers on Saturday 8th November. It was one of our busiest days with almost 500 visitors! The highlights of the day were two storytelling sessions with best-selling Scottish author Allan Burnett. Visitors young and old crowded round to hear Allan tell fantastic tales from his book “The Story of Scotland” which is inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland. From Macbeth to Mary Queen of Scots, history really came alive as Allan interpreted details from the Tapestry into fascinating Scottish stories.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Looking the part for some 16th century story telling.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Children listen on eagerly to author Allan Burnett.

There are now less than two weeks left to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark before the exhibition ends on Sunday 23 November at 5pm. (last entry 4pm) Don’t miss out!

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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09/05/12 Behind the scenes at New Lanark

Internship at New Lanark

Hello!

My name is Catherine Carver. I am a student from the University of Southern Indiana. I will be arriving in New Lanark on Friday as an intern and I am so thrilled and excited to meet you all! I can’t wait to get started working. See you then!

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Search Room – a volunteer’s tale

New Lanark Trust has started work on an exciting project to digitise its archives and I am one of 6 volunters recruited to help with the development of the project. I thought it would be a good idea to record our experiences right from the beginning, so this is the first of what I hope will be many posts from us volunteers. We have a lot to learn! We have all completed the formal induction process and have three days of training in collections management, digitisation and on-line archiving – all the material will be made available on line in the fullness of time. I think I speak for all the volunteers when I say that we are really looking forward to getting started. So… watch this space!

18 May

spent two days this week at New Lanark learning about collections managment – still very much a paper based system with forms in triplicate for taking in items, recording movement, disposal etc.  On the second day we got to play – practicing marking items in a variety of ways – marking with permanent markers, sewing on labels and sticking on labels with wheat starch paste.  We also handled artifacts wearing white cotton gloves!

next Wednesday we are learing how to use the eHive on-line archiving system before we start work for real the following week.  Knowing  the amount of photos New Lanark has in the filing cabinets I imagine we will have our work cut out!

special welcome to Catherine, our intern from the University of Southern Indiana, who is sharing this journey with us for 6 weeks.

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