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Tours at New Lanark

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.

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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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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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01/06/16 New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

From Ice Cream to our Interactive Gallery, there are so many reasons New Lanark is the perfect location for a day out this summer!

 

1. New Lanark Ice Cream

Summer always calls for a delicious ice cream! As of May this year, the entire production process for New Lanark Ice Cream takes place in the village of New Lanark! All of the profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust to reinvest in the upkeep & development of the village. So, every time you have a cone you’re contributing to keeping the village available for lots of visitors to enjoy in the future!

New Lanark Ice Cream awards

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2. Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

After being redeveloped in September 2014, Clearburn Play & Picnic Area is a real hotspot for families at New Lanark in the summer. We even won the Hudsons Heritage ‘Best Heritage Picnic Spot UK’ in March 2016! With lots of fun play areas and picnic tables it’s the perfect setting for a picnic in the sun. Don’t miss the magical storytelling dome & willow tunnel! Entry to Clearburn is free.

People enjoying Clearburn

 

3. Woodland walk to Falls of Clyde

The village of New Lanark is located on the doorstep of the gateway to the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Take a woodland walk in the reserve to spot lots of native animals like badgers and otters, and wonder at the beauty of three magnificent waterfalls! Entry to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is free. 

 

4. Lots of picnic areas

We’ve already mentioned Clearburn as a fantastic picnic area, but we have lots of areas at New Lanark to make the most of the nice weather! Enjoy picnics at the Waterwheel, in Robert Owen’s Garden, in the walkway down into the village and even on our Roof Garden! (see point 5)

 

5. Roof Garden

At New Lanark we have the largest Roof Garden of its kind in Scotland – at an incredible 9,000 square feet! The garden is located on the flat roof of one of our Mill buildings, and has spectacular views across the village and to the first of the Falls – Dundaff Linn. Entry to the Roof Garden is included in the price of our Visitor Centre tickets, and you can also buy a ticket just for Mill 3 which includes the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, textile floor and Roof Garden.

 

6. Interactive Gallery

We all know that sometimes summer in Scotland doesn’t mean sun! For the days when it’s a ‘bit dreich’ we have the fantastic Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Located in Robert Owen’s School for Children this is a treat for the senses with bright colours, sounds, shapes and textures for children to enjoy. Entry is £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket, or £3 per child without (for up to 2 hours play). Under 1’s and adults go free!

Interactive Gallery

 

7. Daily Guided Tours

For the history buffs, or just those who’d like to know more about the fascinating history of New Lanark village we will be running a Daily Guided Tour throughout the South Lanarkshire summer holidays (25th June – 14th August). What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception. (no tours on 17th or 28th July) 

 

8. Craft Workshops for Kids

Monster puppets, wind chimes, dinosaurs and more! These are all of the fantastic crafts children can make at our Craft Workshops running throughout the Scottish summer holidays. Workshops must be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345 (Lines open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Workshops are £3.50 per child or £2.00 with a Visitor Centre ticket. Running from 1-3pm in the School for Children.

Week 1 – 28, 29, 30 June – Hot Air Balloons

Week 2 – 5,6,7 July – Make your own underwater world

Week 3 – 12, 13, 14 July – Make your own Jungle/Jurassic world

Week 4 – 19, 21 July – Glass Jar Painting

No crafts on the week of Antiques Roadshow

Week 5 – 2,3,4 August – Monster puppets

Week 6 – 9,10,11 August – Wind chime making

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9. Mill Shops 

The Mill Shop offers a delightful range of gifts, homeware, Scottish produce and New Lanark Wool which is spun on-site using our historic textile machinery. From the end of July we’ll be stocking British clothing & accessories brand Joules in the Mill Shop. In the village we also have a Village Store which stocks lots of traditional ‘sweeties’, retro toys and fun souvenirs! The Mill Shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Organic Tartan range

The world’s first Organic Tartan collection – sold exclusively in the Mill Shop

10. Mill Café 

If you’ve worked up an appetite and it’s not quite picnic weather outside, then just head for the Mill Café at New Lanark! Located in an old mill floor, the Mill Café serves up a range of delicious home baking, hot lunches, tea, coffee and New Lanark Ice Cream all day. (Monday – Saturdya 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

New Lanark Mill Café

 

If all of those reasons aren’t enough, on-site we also have the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill One Bar & Mill One Restaurant and Wee Row Hostel. New Lanark is located less than a 5 minute’s drive from the historic Royal Burgh of Lanark. In Lanark you can visit the High Street shops, Castlebank Park, Lanark Loch and Racecourse!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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05/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

During the local (South Lanarkshire) School Holidays, here at New Lanark we run Daily Guided Tours of the Village with our experiences guides.Visitors have the chance to explore New Lanark  discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out!

Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception.

We are also able to offer the following specialist theme tours to booked groups. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to discuss any of these tour options!

~ Urban Conservation ~
~ Geographical Settlement Studies ~
~ Planning
~ Heritage & Leisure Management ~
~ Travel & Tourism ~
~ Marketing ~
~ Child Care & Nursery Education ~
~ Social & Economic History ~
~ Utopian Socialism
~ Education & Historical Pedagogy ~
~ Industrial Archaeology ~
~ Water Power & Hydro-electricity ~
~ Industrial Architecture ~

 

Throughout the year our Learning and Outreach team provide special tours and sessions for booked school groups:

 

Pre-school to Primary 2

  • Mini Discovery Tour – How we used to live in the past
  • A look at life in the past 1800s
  • Toys from the Past
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Exploring the Senses

 

Primary 3 to 7

  • The Story of New Lanark
  • The Victorians
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • A Settlement Study
  • Citizenship & Enterprise: Robert Owen & his Model Community
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Self-led visits

 

Secondary School

  • The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen
  • History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Geography (Aspects of Physical & Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation & Renewable Energy)
  • Textiles
  • Self-led visits

New educational tours available soon will be:
Water Power and Renewable Energy
New Lanark in the 20th Century
New Lanark’s First World War
From Slave Trade to Fairtrade

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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