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09/08/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Tours at New Lanark # , ,

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Afternoon all,

Craig St John , Marketing Intern here , about to regal you in the tale of my first experience of the New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Guided Tour, and little did l know l was in for a treat.

I, like most who visit here , have fond memories of visiting New Lanark in my younger days, whether it was a school trip, day out with the family or just out for a leisurely stroll up the River Clyde, those memories stay with you all your days , but l never truly took in the vast amount of history this place was built upon, that is  until l was invited to take the Guided Tour, and as you imagine l jumped at the chance.

The Tour

Why go on the tour you ask ?

Well the tour is designed to give  visitors the chance to learn about the Mills rise through the industrial revolution.

The tour began just outside the Institute for the Formation of Character, where we were greeted by our tour guide Lesli, who’s passion for New Lanark was truly evident, as she took us back to the beginning of New Lanark. Lesli was very engaging with the visitors , involving them in her tour and the banter was truly flowing.

I always thought it was Robert Owen who got the ball rolling at New Lanark, but it was in fact his father in- law  David Dale , who took 15 years to build  some of the Mills we see today. Trading mostly in cotton shipped over from America and wool from the sheep on our own doorstep. It wasn’t until Robert was welcomed into the family, by marrying David Dale’s daughter, that things really got started at New Lanark

What was really surprising was when Lesli informed us that in the beginning, children as young as six worked the Mills (Its a good thing most of us were born in the 20th century). Robert Owen’s tenure ensured that this stopped of course, his belief was that every child had the right to a education and the right to play.

Lesli also informed us that back then , Robert wanted New Lanark to be a hub for all cultures and nationalities, bringing people together for the common good (She also mentioned that he didn’t like wee Weeji’s or  Edinbronians coming down to spy on his work, which l though was hilarious).

Next on the tour was the wash house,  and Lesli informed that this was the main meeting place where if you had the gift of the gab ( like most woman do )  this was the perfect place for women to socialise and gossip till their heart’s were content.

We were then taken through to witness the living conditions of the townspeople of New Lanark, and it was fare to say it seemed like a bit of a tight squeeze, but they made the best out of the situation, even if they had to life with the chamber pot under the bed , which contents funnily enough Robert Owen (ever the visionary) sold to farmers for fertiliser for crops.

To end the tour  we had a nice stroll by the River Clyde, taking in natures beauty and serenity.

Sound Off

Obviously, l am not going to spoil the full context of the tour, but if your a history buff like myself or you just looking for a super day out please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

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Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

After the long dry Spring, the summer weather has been very wet.  The white Buddleia named ‘Peace’ is in full bloom in New Lanark’s War Memorial Garden, but its flowers have been somewhat spoiled by the rain, and the butterflies that usually arrive in abundance at this time of year have not so far appeared.

However, there is one butterfly that has been seen in the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve and in New Lanark Roof Garden where it was spotted drinking nectar from a purple-flowered buddleia.  (See photo.) This lovely butterfly is the Comma, so called because it has a tiny mark shaped like a comma (or small letter C) on its undersides.  The Comma’s story is one of remarkable  survival and  adaptation.

Comma caterpillars used to feed on hops and the butterfly was plentiful in Kent and the hop-growing areas of south east England.  However, when the industry went into decline, the butterfly’s population dropped severely.  In the past few years, however, it has staged an amazing recovery after the caterpillars adapted to eating the leaves of stinging nettles instead of hops.  As nettles grow nearly everywhere, the butterfly is now expanding its range right to the north of Scotland!  Global warming may also be having an effect on its expansion.   Visit New Lanark and see if you can spot this wonderful  butterfly!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and What’s On…

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

June and July 2017

As the longest day passes, the summer begins.  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the combination of curry plant, and lavender with the dark pink of the tall penstemons, creates the appearance of a soft summer meadow in miniature. The yellow flag irises at the back of the garden didn’t do too well this year as the spring was warm and very dry, and they like moist soil.   At ground level, the area  between the Hotel and the first bridge over the lade is the lade overflow.  It is a full working part of New Lanark’s power generation system but has become an ecological niche in its own right.  Look out for the lovely flowing green stems and white flowers of the water crowfoot.  This amazing plant is adapted to live under the water with the flowers emerging on the surface.

Water crowfoot in the Mill Lade

Also look for the purple spires of watermint and frothy white heads of meadowsweet.  Later in July, little yellow monkey flowers will appear with them.  Robins, dippers and wagtails, also enjoy this environment with its flowing water and plenty of places at the side to perch.

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and our current summer exhibition, Brick City!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

May is a lovely time at New Lanark.  Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around  the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.

The Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley.  Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird.   The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing  its flat gray rocks,  but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.

Where have the Falls gone?!

 

In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!

Last year’s duck family on the go

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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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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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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Easter activities at New Lanark

Easter activities at New Lanark

Easter is almost here and it’s the perfect time to be thinking about a day out with your family! Look no further than New Lanark World Heritage Site. We have lots of activities going on here over the Easter Holidays to suit all ages, from wee kids to ‘big kids’! We are located less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and have a range of facilities onsite, like our Mill Café, Mill Shop and picnic areas – meaning you really can enjoy a full day out here. Take a look at what’s on offer…

 

Itison voucher – 1st to 31st April

Grab a bargain and purchase this Itison voucher to get up to 38% off our award-winning Visitor Attraction tickets! One child ticket (£5), one adult ticket (£7) or a family pass for up to four (£22).

 

Daily Guided Tours – From 1st April

Discover the ‘Story of New Lanark’ on our new guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm! Included in a Visitor Attraction ticket or £5pp. Limited places available per tour, book at our Visitor Attraction Reception Desk. Click here to find out more.

Free Easter Activities – 3rd to 17th April

The following Easter themed activities will be available at New Lanark from 3rd – 17th April:

  • Easter colouring-in (self-led in our Mill 3 ‘Recreation Area’)
  • Easter Stories (running once an hour, at half past the hour from 10.30am – 3.30pm in our Mill 3 ‘Recreation Area’)
  • Easter Trail (pick up at our Visitor Centre reception)

Click here to find out more.

 

Archaeology Taster Tours – 16th to 18th April

Archaeology Taster Tours – Sunday 16th, Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th April. Running at 11am and 2pm. 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 will be an archaeologist on hand to explain the process and let you know about any interesting “finds”. As well as visiting the Double Row tenement block, the tour will also visit the site of Mantilla Row where you’ll have a chance to find out more about this lost building in New Lanark’s history. Click here to book your place.

 

Scanathon – 17th April

Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound, light and projection event taking place on 20th & 21st October. On Monday 17th April, New Lanark are inviting people to bring in their photographs and stories of people who worked in the industries of New Lanark, Lanark and the Clyde Valley to be recorded at our ‘scanathon’. These will be scanned and then incorporated into the New Lanark archive and may be projected onto our historic buildings as part of Shining Lives! New Lanark are particularly interested to hear from anyone who has connections with people who used to live in Double Row and Mantilla Row at New Lanark. Click here to find out more.

 

Knit New Lanark – 18th April

Grab your knitting needles and craft supplies and celebrate World Heritage Day with Dig It! 2017 through yarnbombing, taster sessions, interactive workshops and plenty of tea.

If you would like to get involved ahead of the event by sending in your own knitting creations to add to the yarnbomb please contact [email protected]

If you’d like to come along to the event on 18th April to help with the yarnbombing please register for a place on this Eventbrite page.

 


 

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.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark Gardens Diary – March 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – March 2017

Signs of Spring are everywhere around at New Lanark now.  A few snowdrops have braved the cold to flower by the path along the Mill Lade, and the first bright yellow daffodils are in bloom in the Roof Garden.  The River Clyde has been running high, creating magnificent waterfalls at Cora Linn and Bonnington Linn further upstream.  The weather may be improving but it is deceptive.  Be prepared for ‘The Teuchit Storm’, an old name for a spell of wet and windy weather that was once thought to occur in late March about the time that the ‘teuchit’ or lapwing starts nesting in the fields upriver!

You can enjoy an early Spring visit to New Lanark with Buy One Get One Free on tickets until the end of March 2017. Click here to download your voucher!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Snowdrops on the New Lanark Roof Garden

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New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

February light glows on the stonework of the houses at New Lanark as seen from the path into the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve.   The island in the middle of the river is called Mid Inch on which a tall evergreen Scots pine tree has found a foothold.  The stones at the water’s edge are the haunt of a heron.  Nearby in the village is New Lanark’s Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play & Picnic Area.  There are squirrels hiding under the ivy covering the old trees and a pair of tiny wrens have been spotted flying in and out of the lade tunnel.  (The scientific name for a wren is ‘troglodytes’ meaning ‘cave dweller’!)  Playing outdoors is now recognised as essential for children’s cognitive and emotional development, so bring the kids along and see what else you can spot (entry to the Clearburn Play Area is free). If the weather isn’t great there’s always the indoor Interactive Gallery! 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Here are some more photos of the village in early February…

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02/02/17 New Lanark Health & Fitness Club , New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

It feels as if we’ve just packed away the last of the tinsel and it’s the February Break already! It’s not quite Spring yet, but the mornings and nights are getting lighter so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about to make the most of your time off. With things to do in our historic village for all ages we’ve pulled together a list of 10 things you can do at New Lanark during the February Break weekend, or any weekend really!

 

Talk a walk on the wildlife side

New Lanark rests on the doorstep of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy a stunning woodland walk to see the famous Falls of Clyde Waterfalls! Find out more about the route here.

Falls of Clyde - Corra Linn

 

Brush up on your history

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. Celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology by discovering the fascinating history of our village. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - New Lanark Visitor Centre

 

 

Jump around!

Something for the little ones, explore a multi-sensory experience of sound, light and colour in the Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Entry to the Interactive Gallery is £3 per child or £1.50 with a Visitor Centre Passport Ticket only on date of purchase. This price allows play for up to 2 hours. Under 1’s go free. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - Interactive Gallery

 

Try something sweet

Our award-winning Ice Cream is made in the hear of our historic village! 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. Pick up a cone or tub in our Mill Café!

February Break - New Lanark Ice Cream

 

Enjoy some Retail Therapy

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. The shop also features gents fashions from local retailer Brooks Menswear. 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. Open 7 days a week! Find out more about visiting the Mill Shop.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Shop

 

Meet a musical prodigy!

YEHUDI MENUHIN SCHOOL EMSEMBLE – Thursday 9 February at 7.45 pm 2017 The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

MiL are delighted to welcome back for the third year the latest Ensemble of musical prodigies from the Yehudi Menuhin School. Their February Scottish Tour is particularly a showcase for their exceptional pianists, and the School staff were ‘instrumental’ in our investment in “Ruth”, our new piano. The School has taken strongly to New Lanark both as an educational experience and a performing venue and we eagerly anticipate another evening of extraordinary young talent. Book tickets here.

Music in Lanark - YEHUDI-MENUHIN-SCHOOL-EMSEMBLE-517x382

 

 

Get Knitting

At New Lanark today we produce high quality woollen yarn on historic textile machinery. Our yarn is available in the following weights; Chunky, Aran and Double Knitting, each of which are ideal for both hand knitting and machine knitting. Browse our beautiful range of shades in the New Lanark Mill Shop or buy online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk for a weekend knitting project!

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Wine and Dine

Sometimes all you want to do at the weekend is enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine. If that’s the case then look no further than the Mill One Restaurant at New Lanark! Serving up delicious meals daily, this contemporary restaurant which is accredited to the Visit Scotland’s ‘Taste our Best’ scheme is proud to serve a range of local Scottish produce giving visitors and residents an authentic taste of Scotland. Find out more and book your table.

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Relax in the Spa

The excellent facilities at New Lanark Health and Fitness Club include a swimming pool, bubble pool, steam room, sauna, and a health and fitness studio with full range of gym equipment. Whether you want to shape up and improve your fitness level, or simply relax and unwind, this superb facility is right for you. Why not check out our fantastic Spa Day Packages?

February Break - New Lanark Spa

 

Make a weekend of it

Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill. After years of painstaking restoration work by New Lanark Trust, the hotel opened for business and pleasure in May 1998, and has quickly developed into a popular choice for a short break destination. Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site this restored 18th century cotton mill village is nestled in the spectacular south Lanarkshire valley in southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Find out more and book your stay.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Hotel

 

 

As you can see there are so many options for you to enjoy at New Lanark! Find out more about visiting our historic village at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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