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11/04/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

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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06/04/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

This is an excerpt from Warren Elsmore’s book Brick City, which shares the same name as the exhibition created by Warren – Brick City – which New Lanark is hosting from 28th June – 9th August 2017. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and selling fast.

Warren Elsmore…

“I’ve been a fan of LEGO® since before I can remember. Even my parents can’t recall when this started – I just always seemed to love it. I wasn’t content with the simple models, though. As soon as I had mastered those, I wanted to create a whole city. Ever January I would pore over the LEGO catalogue planning a whole year in advance and deciding which ones to ask for as birthday and Christmas presents, and which to save up for myself.”

“Before too long, my bedroom was filled with a huge city layout. It was planned to the last detail so that it really fitted together as a town. It had not only traditional LEGO® models of the fire and police stations, but also an airport, a garage, shops and a railway station – even if the track only ran around the city and back to the station again. It even had old ruined city walls, re-purposed from the LEGO castle range to add character.”

Dale and Millie checking out Brick City

“Sadly, I moved away from LEGO as I grew up, and only came back to it in my twenties, discovering my passion was stronger than ever. This time I built the city I had always wanted to build as a child. My station had multiple platforms and more than one train – even though they technically didn’t go anywhere. Next, I painstakingly built a copy of our house, scaled so that the LEGO minifigures could be placed inside. Then I built the train that occasionally took me to London and, after that, a working model of the 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mile)-long Forth Bridge for my new train to travel over – a beast of 3 metres (9 feet and 10 inches) long. By then I wanted to show these models off at events, so I decided to start on something more ambitious. Eighteen months and 120,000 bricks later, I unveiled my model of London’s St.Pancras railway station at the LEGO fair in Denmark. This showpiece has since toured both the UK and Europe, been featured on the BBC television, and paved the way to a new career as an independent LEGO artist.”

Warren’s amazing model of St.Pancras Station!

 

Brick City is running from 28th June – 9th August 2017 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets are on sale now at www.newlanark.org.

Melissa Reilly – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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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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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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29/03/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , ,

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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28/03/17 Events at New Lanark , Uncategorized # , , , , ,

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Guest blog from Sara at DigIt!

Calling all knitters, crochet-fiends and all other woolcraft folk!  Have you ever wanted to yarnbomb a World Heritage site?

On Tuesday 18th April – World Heritage Day – we’re staging six events across Scotland, one for each of our UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of Scotland in Six, an Event Scotland signature event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  At New Lanark, we’re going to yarnbomb the Institute – the traditional social hub of the village – and have a day of workshops, talks, plenty of tea & biscuits, and of course, knitting!  The event is free but ticketed (so we know how many of you are coming), and you can pick yours up here: http://digit2017.com/events/knit-new-lanark-scotland-in-six/

Can’t make it on the day?  Well, we still need your help…

It’s going to take a lot of wool to transform the site, so we’re looking for advance submissions from individuals and groups all over Scotland – and we can offer you a free workshop box to get you started.  Our workshops-in-a-box contain all sorts of goodies, including some suggested patterns, and of course, some New Lanark yarn.  If you’d like one sent out, just email [email protected]  We’re looking for bunting, flowers, vines, squares, and pennants – all kinds of goodies that we can tie to railings, drop out of windows, wrap around pillars, and generally decorate this wonderful site.

So whether you’re a craft group, knitters’ collective, or solo stitcher, we’d love to hear from you!

Sara – DigIt!

www.digit2017.com

DigIt2017

 

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22/03/17 Events at New Lanark # , , ,

New Lanark hosts first Scanathon!

New Lanark hosts first Scanathon!

On Monday 17th April, New Lanark will be running the village’s first ever Scanathon!

New Lanark’s team of friendly volunteers will be looking for photographs and documents of people living and working in New Lanark and the surrounding area and will scan these materials, incorporating them into the New Lanark Search Room Archive.

Scanathon - New Lanark Millworkers

New Lanark Millworkers

The Scanathon will be running from 11am-4pm in the Institute River Room at New Lanark on Monday 17th April with free entry. Visitors who cannot make the event on Monday 17th April can submit their photographs or documents digitally – full details of how to do this are available at www.newlanark.org. Any enquiries about the Scanathon should be forwarded to [email protected]

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.

The Scanathon is being supported by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.

Visitors who submit their photographs and stories may have the chance to see them projected on a massive scale as part of New Lanark’s Shining Lives event this autumn.

Scanathon - The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row.

The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row

Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound and light projection event in New Lanark World Heritage Site on 20th and 21st October 2017. With the stunning 230 year old buildings acting as the display surface, historic images & video footage from New Lanark and the surrounding area will be brought to life on a grand scale, augmented by a soundtrack, lighting and living history which echo the life of the mills and the workers. Through this innovative event, the tangible and intangible heritage of New Lanark will be combined to capture imaginations and provide a unique interpretation of this famous site.

Shining Lives is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Programme and as such entry to the event will be free. There will be a limited capacity per evening and those interested in registering for ticket updates should sign-up for email updates at www.newlanark.org/shininglives ­­

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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08/03/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

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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28/02/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark

New ScotlandVR App goes 360° !

New ScotlandVR App goes 360° !

We are delighted to be one of Scotland’s visitor attractions included in the brand new ScotlandVR app from VisitScotland!

ScotlandVR app is a virtual reality travel experience that allows the consumer, wherever they are in the world, to be immersed in Scotland’s remarkable attractions through stunning 360° video & photographs. Experience Scotland like never before and enjoy fun interactive features, such as ‘Night Mode’, where you can witness the spectacular Northern Lights illuminate the sky above your head. The whole environment can be experienced in Stereoscopic 3D when used with a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, or in 360° view via phone mode. It is available for all Android and Apple users to download for free on Google Play and Apple Store worldwide.

3D attraction models
Circle around beautiful 3D models in an interactive virtual glen.

360 tours
Take tours of over 25 iconic Scottish attractions.

Fun things to do
Meet some of Scotland’s wildlife and try out ‘Night mode’ to see the Northern Lights.

Click here to download the app on the App Store or Google Play

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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20/02/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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