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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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23/01/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , , ,

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

Given at the Camp of HRH Charles Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales

It is with great pleasure that we received notice that, as of the 27th day of this month, the famous Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display for our subjects to view at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

This striking community artwork, stitched with tender care by countless volunteers across the country, follows the fortunes of our army on its first campaign in 1745, from the inception of this grand scheme for the Restoration of our family to that remarkable and game-changing victory at Prestonpans.

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Arran Johnston)We encourage all those who are able to visit and to enjoy this exhibition, which reveals the heroic efforts of our loyal Highland men, alongside the endeavours of our gallant if misguided opponents, as those two armies traversed the landscape of Scotland to determine who might be its King.

In the wake of our victory at Prestonpans, our army has been busily engaged in an attempt to bring this regrettable war to a glorious conclusion. How events will play out we can only at this stage imagine. What we can know is that our achievements in 1745 will ever be remembered, and that no telling of our story will rival the Prestonpans Tapestry for its detail and its charm. Never has a project so encapsulated the spirit of our quest: Victory, Hope, and Ambition!

To celebrate the Tapestry’s visit to New Lanark, we have authorised the deployment of some of our soldiers to said place on Saturday 21st February. They are instructed to answer any questions you might have as to their modes of dress and combat. I expect that our enemies might do the same.

We are pleased also to note that the historian Arran Johnston, who has not been unkind to our character in his works, will be presenting about the Battle at Prestonpans and the Tapestry’s creation on Friday 13th March. (tickets available to purchase for £4)

It remains only for us to encourage all our father’s subjects to notify their friends and family of this opportunity to view the Tapestry, which will remain in New Lanark until 19th March.

God Save the King.

Charles signature

Find out more about The Prestonpans Tapestry at  New Lanark. 

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09/11/11 Education and Learning , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , , ,

Visit to New Lanark by Thornlie Primary School

Leslie's card from Thornlie Primary School

Leslie's card from Thornlie Primary School

Primary 5/6 from Thornlie Primary School in Wishaw visited New Lanark Visitor Centre to learn about Robert Owen and working conditions in the mill village in the 19th Century. On their return, the entire school got involved, from primary 1 to primary 7, to present their ‘New Lanark Assembly’.
Topics ranged from toys and games in the past, the Rights of the child, dancing, seasons, and food, and a chat show between David Dale and Robert Owen, accompanied by humorous songs.
Leslie from New Lanark Visitor Centre was lucky to be their Tour Guide when they visited and was invited to the school as their guest at the ‘New Lanark Assembly’. Miss McMillan, who was full of enthusiasm, led the assembly, and Nathan, Chloe and Kali, compered it, providing a slick and effervescent presentation. Leslie was delighted to have been invited and said, “The assembly leaves me with lovely memories, and the flowers and card that they gave me are beautiful. It was an absolute pleasure to be their Guide when they visited and to see the whole school participating.” The photograph shows the front of the card Leslie received from the school.

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13/10/11 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Back to school in Utopia

Day 2 and a visit to the University of Southern Indiana. We started the day with a productive meeting with the University Senior Management team. It was wonderful to meet Dr Bennett and Mark Rozewski on their home soil after their visit to New Lanark earlier in the year. We were then given a tour of the campus by Missy Parkison, HNH Community Engagement Manager and Cady Tabeling, a wonderful student ambassador and intern at New Harmony. We were impressed by the modern campus and the amazing facilities on offer for students. It almost made us want to go back to our student days! We ventured into the student bookstore (to buy a USI Eagles hoodie for one unnamed but sports mad husband) and came across an amazing range of USI memorabilia, including a USI garden gnome!!!! Every home should have one!
During the afternoon we were treated to a tour of the Rice Library and archives by Jennifer Green, Reference and Archives Librarian. The archive contains the largest collection of communal studies material in the USA and some fantastic artefacts from the tri-state area. The library was purpose built in 2006 and offers students a wonderful setting in which to study (it even has its own Starbucks!)
This evening we were honoured to be invited to a reception hosted by the former Director of Historic New Harmony, James Sanders and his sister Doris at Hidden Acres Farm. This lovely evening provided us with the opportunity to meet some of New Harmony’s and USI’s staff, friends and benefactors. On a lighter note, they had the best chocolate brownies we have ever tasted and we are eating the leftovers as we are typing this post! We have had another amazing day and extend our sincerest thanks to all those who have helped make us feel so welcome. (We apologise for bringing the rain over with us!)

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12/10/11 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Welcome to Utopia!

Weeks of planning, 3 airports to pass through, 18 hours of flying and we have made it to New Harmony, Indiana! After spending Monday evening getting settled into our beautiful guest house, today, Tuesday, was our first full day in utopia. We began the day with a visit to the Richard Meier visitor centre, the Atheneum. This beautiful modernist building is a perfect example of how the future meets the past in New Harmony. We were then taken on a tour of the town by our fantastic guides Melissa and Marlene. Our tour included the Double Log Cabins, pre-Harmonist dwellings; the Lenz House, a typical Harmonist dwelling and the Granary, formerly the grain store for the town, then Richard Owen’s laboratory and now a beautifully restored function space. Look more closely at the photos of the Granary- all of the beams are held together with wooden pegs- no nails whatsoever were used. The Granary also contains seismic monitoring equipment stored below ground which is linked to a computer in the building. Scientific exploration now as in Owen’s time! We then visited Thrall’s Opera House. This was originally built as a dormitory, then converted into a theatre and was also a garage for many years. It has now been restored to its former Victorian Concert Hall grandeur.
Our afternoon was spent with Collections Manager Amanda and Collections Assistant Heather who gave us a tour of the amazing collections housed in New Harmony. We were lucky enough to see a huge mixture of artefacts, documents and photographs that track the rich history of the town. From thousands of print letters used in the towns print shop to ‘Dutch Biscuits’, a form of insulation brought by the Harmonists and consisting of wooden bars wrapped in straw and clay, the items are as diverse as the history of the town. We visited the collections store, the archives store, the 1830 Owen House where we saw amazing silhouettes and also Community House 2. Community House 2 was formerly a dormitory and is now undergoing a major redevelopment to become a visitor centre interpreting the history of the town.
The evening was spent with the New Harmony Interpreters Association, firstly at their meeting and then in the traditional post meeting venue of the Yellow Tavern! We have had a fantastic first day and everyone has been so welcoming. Another busy day tomorrow- stay posted! Jane & Aynsley

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