It’s been a busy year again for us here at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments. As we prepare to say ‘Goodbye’ to 2016 and ‘Hello’ to 2017 we’ve managed to pull together a list of our Top 10 Moments, which is no mean feat considering how much exciting activity has been going on! Before we get onto the list we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited New Lanark, purchased our wool & ice cream, stayed in our Hotel, attended an event or supported us in any other way – it’s all thanks to you that the New Lanark Trust can continue to care for, and develop our historic village as a living and working community, and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.
Top 10 2016 Moments at New Lanark…
1. Bicentenary Celebrations
2016 marked the Bicentenary of the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark. Officially opened by Robert Owen on 1st January 1816, the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark was built for Learning and Leisure and many of the Millworkers who lived at New Lanark & within the surrounding area enjoyed leisure activities within this building such as dancing, games and musical concerts.
2. Double Row Restoration Project gets started!
New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored was Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. Restoration works began in March 2016, and an exiting programme of public heritage activities also kicked off then including Hard Hat Tours and Traditional Building Skills Workshops. As of December 2016 the properties are now on sale! You can find out more on the Rettie & Co website.
3. The Mill Shop knits in public
On 18th June 2016 the Mill Shop took part in Worldwide Knit in Public day for the first time! Since the the shop has hosted a monthly ‘Knitting Day’ offering fantastic deals on our beautiful New Lanark wool & textiles products – and a range of free textile workshops including dry felting! You can now ‘like’ the Mill Shop on Facebook for special offers, new product launches and competitions.
4. Visit from a special Heilan Coo…
On that day we also had a very special visit from Morag – one of Visit Scotland Heilan Coo vans! The themed vans have been roaming the country throughout 2016 as part of Visit Scotland’s ‘cattle drive’ to let as many people across Scotland know about all of the fantastic tourist destinations and days out on their doorstep. Did you know 2017 is Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology? You can find out more here!
5. New Lanark Ice Cream scoops more awards!
Hot on the heels of winning ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ at the 2015 Royal Highland Show, at 2016’s event in June New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three more awards to add to its growing collection! Bronze medals were awarded to our Simply Vanilla, Candied Orange and Raspberry Panna Cotta flavours. You can purchase our delicious New Lanark Ice Cream in our Mill Café or you can also contact us if you’d be interested in wholesale opportunities.
6. New Lanark goes back in time for a day!
On Sunday 17th July we went ‘Back in Time’ for a day to let visitors explore what it would have been like to live in the village in the 1820’s. We had traditional food, costume, games, storytelling, music, dancing, crafts and even a visit from a Falconry display and Robert Owen himself! In 2017 we’ll be going back in time to the 1890’s on 27th August. Make sure you’re signed up to our e-newsletter to be first to hear about it!
7. Ready, set, action….Antiques Roadshow filming!
After months of planning the day was finally here – on 28th July the BBC Antiques Roadshow pressed ‘record’ and began a day of filming an episode of the famous programme at New Lanark! Over 2,200 visitors came down into the village either with their heirlooms to be valued, or just for a day out to see what goes on behind the cameras. Two hour-long episodes will be shown in Spring 2017 so keep an eye out on your TV Guide!
8. LEGO lovers rejoice, New Lanark announced as Brick City venue
In September we were delighted to announce that New Lanark had been chosen as a venue for the Brick City exhibition – giving visitors the chance to see the world in LEGO® Bricks! 2017 marks the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology making it the perfect time for New Lanark to host Brick City which includes a variety of historical icons like the Mona Lisa and landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Arc De Triomphe in Paris and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Tickets for the exhibition will be on sale very soon, with details available at www.newlanark.org
9. Rising Star at New Lanark
At the Association of Scottish Visitor Attraction (ASVA)’s Annual Conference in November, Melissa Reilly – New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer – was chosen as the winner of the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ Award which is given to an individual under 30 working in Scotland’s tourism sector who has made a significant contribution to their organisation and who is committed to personal development. You can find out more about ASVA here.
10. New Lanark projects Shining Lives for #HHA2017
We had another fantastic announcement to round off the year! On 7 December it was announced that New Lanark would be hosting an event – Shining Lives – as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Fund. Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound and light projection event in New Lanark World Heritage Site. 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. Further details will be available soon, so we’d encourage you to sign up for email updates if you’re interested in hearing more about Shining Lives as details become available.
Photo credit VisitScotland
Well, as you can see it’s been quite a year for us down at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments! Again, we’d like to thank all of our visitors for your continued support. We’ll hopefully see you again soon for another great year in 2017! You can sign up here for our monthly e-newsletter to be first to hear about our latest news, offers and events.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer