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08/09/16 Uncategorized , volunteers # , ,

My time at New Lanark…

My time at New Lanark…

Throughout the Summer I have been interning here at New Lanark World Heritage Site, gaining work experience before I begin my fourth and final year of university. I have wrote many blogs for New Lanark on a range of different subjects, however, this one is a personal reflection on my time here and what I have covered.

Blog Posts

As I mentioned I have written numerous blogs on a wide range of subjects. I interviewed respective members from each area of the site, such as, Julie Brown from the Mill shop, Andy and Ronnie from the ice cream factory, Julieanne from Health & Fitness and the guys from the textiles floor!


These interviews allowed me to gain an insight into each area and broadcast it onto the blogs. I have also wrote blogs on events that have taken place here at New Lanark such as: BBC Antiques Roadshow, Back in Time Experience and workshops/tours. Personally, one of my favourite blogs was writing the story on a one hundred year-old letter found in Double Row. This is one I am extremely proud of as it was my very first blog and also the most read post on the New Lanark blog ever with over 500 views.


Assisting with New Lanark events

During my time here New Lanark have been very busy with events and I been able to be a part of all of them. The Back in Time Experience allowed me to interact with visitors on a 1-2-1 basis, gaining feedback on their time here – I even got to wear a cool hat…



The BBC’s Antique Roadshow was great fun to be involved in. From putting the signs up around the site the day before to being able to attend the VIP tour on the day. Also, helping on the day with organising drop offs and general stewarding was fun to be part of.


I have also been given the opportunity to take part on one of the popular Hard Hat Tours of Double Row and also participated in a Traditional Building Skills Workshop. Both of these were great to be involved in as they were both very informative.

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Double Row Hard Hat Tour

Market Research  

Recently, in the latter weeks of my internship, I have been conducting a lot of market research on a variety of areas. For example, I have been researching:

  • Local accommodation options
  • Garden centres and cafes
  • Group travel organisers
  • Christmas offerings
  • Local competitors
  • Tourism and Visitor attraction slogans

I have really enjoyed carrying out this research as it has provided me with experience in the field of research, which is crucial to my studies.

Filming at New Lanark

Due to the beautiful landscape surrounding us here at New Lanark, many film crews are interested in filming aspects of the site. During my 3 months(ish) here I have been able to see Historic Environment Scotland, Visit Lanarkshire and of course The Antiques Roadshow film here in New Lanark.


Photo Credit: Frances Shanks

This is something I have never experienced before, being on set with a film crew. I even assisted with the filming of a promotional video for The Back in Time Day, which may have taken more than one take…


Additional Training & External Events

New Lanark have been extremely generous when it comes to inviting me to external events. I was lucky enough to join the team on a Summer networking event on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. This allowed me to socialise with some very interesting people who are interested in the same field as myself. It was also great to see the spectacular attraction!


I was also given the opportunity early on in my time here to attend a Social Media Conference in Edinburgh. We were able to watch speakers deliver their presentations to us which turned out to be very informative and helpful.

New Lanark have also helped me in terms of training and furthering my education. They have highlighted online courses that are available for me to pursue, such as: a Google certified course on Online Marketing Fundamentals. I also took part in an 8 week Web Design course on the Shaw Academy. Finally, I completed an online course in Tourism Marketing and Promotion and I am continuing further courses on the website.

I have also been given the opportunity to attend corporate meetings with the likes of Sky, Clyde 1, The Herald and Capital FM. This was great to be part of as I was able to witness first hand how businesses like these work with each other.

Overall, I have loved my time here at New Lanark as I have been able to be involved in so many different kind of things. From marketing activities to helping out at world-renowned events. Big thanks to Melissa, Jane, Evelyn and all the staff here for making me feel welcome!

Ronan… out *mic drop*

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

If you would be interested in becoming a New Lanark Marketing volunteer you can find all the relevant information here.

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06/09/16 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , , ,

Days out for Textile Lovers

Days out for Textile Lovers

New Lanark World Heritage Site really does have something for everyone. Whether you are a keen walker interested in woodland trails with beautiful views, or if you are a history fan looking to educate yourself, we’ve got you covered. A large element of New Lanark is the textile side of things, where woollen yarn is produced everyday with the use of traditional methods on a 19th century spinning mule.


When visitors come to see our wool being spun, they are able to get a taste of what it would have been like for the millworkers back in the late 17 hundreds. As soon as you set foot onto the textile floor you can hear and feel the machinery at work. The noise of the 392 spindle, 120ft long, 19th century spinning mule, making 4 passes every minute really gives you an insight to what some of the working conditions would have been like. The 19th century spinning mule is powered by renewable energy from our own hydro-electricity production.

What else does New Lanark have to offer for textile lovers?

Knitting Day! Knitting Day invites textile enthusiasts down to socialise and knit with other textile lovers. This allows visitors to share tips and secrets of the trade with each other. Due to the previous success we have had with Knitting Days, we have decided to make it a monthly occurrence. The next Knitting Day will take place on Sunday the 25th of September in the Mill Shop. Come on down and join in on the knitting fun!

New Lanark's Organic Tartan in production

The Mill Shop is open all year round for visitors to come and have a look at what is on offer. With The Mill Shop offering four different types of wool (Aran, Chunky, Double and Organic) and a range of knitting kits, textile lovers will be able to find the right wool for them! The Mill Shop also have products from ‘Brooks’, a local men’s clothing store, on offer – including lambs wool knitwear and tweed jackets. ‘Joules’ is another brand available in the shop, offering stylish clothes and accessories for women.



Other days out in Scotland for Textile lovers . . .

Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works

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Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works is a museum in Dundee which tells a tale of the 19th century. You are able to view the original restored machinery and hear stories of the workers from the past. With hands-on interactivities, film showings and multi-media computers, Scotland’s Jute Museum is a must for textile lovers to witness how the weavers helped Dundee in a desperate time.


Borders Textile Towerhouse . . .

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Borders Textile Towerhouse should definitely be on your list if you are a fan of textiles. You can learn the history of the region and also educate yourself with the people and the processes. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Chanel and Dior have used the skills of the Borders Textile workers in the past. So head down to Hawick and see what Borders Textile Towerhouse has to offer for yourself!


Johnston of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre . . .

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Johnston of Elgin specialise in making a high quality woolen and Cashmere cloth, clothing and accessories and have been doing so since 1797. You are able to go on the free mill tours available every day in Elgin. Enjoy the 5* destination even more by visiting the shop in Elgin and then enjoy the Food Hall where you can feast on some top quality local produce.


Tartan Weaving Mill . . .

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Located on Royal Mile in Edinburgh the Tartan Weaving Mill is a 5 story building which shows how tartan is made into a kilt. From shaving the sheep all the way to the end product. There are working looms on display and you can even get fitted and photographed wearing Scotland’s traditional attire. If you’re in Edinburgh be sure to stop by the Tartan Weaving Mill!


Knockando Woolmill . . .

Picture Credit: Knockando Woolmill

Picture Credit: Knockando Woolmill

Manufacturing since 1784, Knockando Woolmill has allowed generations of families to spin, weave and farm over the past centuries. Still with the original machinery visitors will be able to see how the wool was made, using said machinery. You will also be able to enjoy the wildlife in the garden and the home-made produce in the tearoom. Visit Knockando Woolmill to educate yourself on the wool making industry!

So, what are you waiting for? Come visit us here at New Lanark World Heritage Site for knitting days and learning about how New Lanark strived in the textile industry. Be sure to also check out the other textile sites mentioned above!

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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31/08/16 New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

You may not want to believe it but summer is slowly leaving us and we are entering the golden, enchanting time of year… autumn. There is plenty to see and do in the local area to make the most of this beautiful time of year!

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Visitor Centre 

As the colder weather begins to set in, there is no better reason to spend the day inside our Visitor Centre. Enjoy an experience on the Annie McLeod Ride, take a wander over to Robert Owen’s house and discover what life was like for the people of his time.

Mill Shop & Mill Cafe

Re-fuel yourself after walking around the village and get in from the brisk weather for a cup of tea and a homemade scone from our Mill Cafe. The Mill Shop will be launching new loyalty cards in September, keep an eye out for them!

Autumnal Walk to the Falls of the Clyde

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

The Falls of the Clyde always produce beautiful views, no matter what time of year. Whether the sun is beaming down reflecting onto The Falls or if rain is lashing itself into The Falls, creating a wild, dangerous flow. However, there is something special about Autumn. Autumn can be ever so peaceful, when the leaves are turning golden brown and each falling leaf brings us one step closer to Winter. Take a walk up to The Falls of the Clyde and witness the sheer beauty New Lanark has to offer with the surrounding landscape.

October Week Guided Tours 

During the October Week (17th – 23rd October) New Lanark will be providing guided tours of the village which will allow visitors to get an insight of New Lanark’s history. For example, find out how Robert Owen and David Dale are related, or why the mill workers didn’t wear shoes…

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

Photo credit: Mark Archibald



New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Knitting Day!

Due to previous success, we are hosting another Knitting Day in the Mill Shop on Saturday 29th October from 12-4 pm. Come on down to knit, socialise and share tips with other knitting enthusiasts.

There is plenty to get up to in New Lanark this Autumn, visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and keep yourself busy!


New Lanark World Heritage Site is not the only attraction to keep you busy throughout Autumn, here are some other local attractions in Lanarkshire.

Biggar Museum 

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If you are planning a day out in Lanarkshire, Biggar Museum should be on your list. You can find rich archaeological, social and historic heritage inside the Museum. The museum focuses on 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. Biggar Museum can be found at the top of Biggar High Street, head over to see what historic value they have to offer!

Craignethan Castle

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Another attraction to keep you busy during Autumn is a visit to Craignethan Castle. Enjoy a day out to the castle and see the unusual defences of this artillery fort built in the 1530’s. Not only can you admire the castle itself and all the history that comes with it, but you can also treasure the woodland view surrounding it. The Autumn views along with the historic culture will make for a brilliant day out!

Carmichael Visitor Centre

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Carmichael Visitor Centre have former Edinburgh Wax Model Collection on offer which depicts Scotland’s Millennium from Queen Margaret to present day. The wax models create a realistic feel to what life was like back in Queen Margaret’s time and throughout to Macbeth.

The Antonine Wall

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If you are into Roman history, visit The Antonine Wall this Autumn to enjoy the rich history they have to offer. You will be able to see the remarkable impact the wall has had on the landscape. Even if you are not into Roman history as such you can still admire the beautiful landscape and enjoy the walking trails. You can also visit The Falkirk Wheel by boat from The Antonine Wall. Check out their Big Roman Week this September!

Be sure to visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and other local attractions this Autumn!

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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30/08/16 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Today (30/08/16) is the opening day of the Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition here at New Lanark. The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have painted a broad range of paintings which are now for sale. The paintings have been created with four different types of mediums. They range from Watercolour to Pastel to Acrylic and to Oils. The Exhibition can be found in the River Room, which is located in The Institute.

The art exhibition is here from today until the 26th of September, 10am-5pm. This is the second year the art groups have made New Lanark their chosen location to sell their paintings. There are many paintings available to purchase with prices ranging from £5 to £500! There is a broad selection of themes on offer; from an exquisite painting of a teddy bear to a colossal painting of waves crashing together generating the power for a storm. The theme that stood out was the New Lanark theme, which had paintings of the buildings here in the village. There was a full section dedicated to New Lanark with extremely impressive artwork!

New Lanark Paintings . . .




I have personally picked out some of my favourite paintings…

‘Storm Bringer’ £500 . . .


‘Wee Broon Dug’ £30 . . .


Panda £30 . . .


In charge of the opening day is ex school teacher, Heather Darling. Heather is an art enthusiast who loves to encourage adults to paint. All members in the group are keen artists who all contribute to the exhibitions. There are 3 art groups in Hamilton which are always looking for people to join! Heather and her team encourage any adult to join their groups, no matter what level of experience you have- from beginners to Picasso’s! The groups visit galleries and exhibitions mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. If you are interested in joining one of the groups feel free to contact Heather Darling at [email protected] for more information.

Here are some other paintings The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have to offer…







So, if you are looking to indulge into some beautiful artwork, head down to New Lanark River Room to view Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition! There are plenty of impressive paintings for sale.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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16/08/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

Windows Workshop!

On Thursday, the 17th of July, a group of 10 went on a windows workshop. This workshop allowed us to grasp an understanding of what the sash and case windows are like, since they are used all around New Lanark! We were shown by two experts of historic buildings/windows each aspect of the windows and learned about the history. The sash and case windows were very popular across Scotland and were installed in the 1680’s and 1690’s. Throughout the following centuries the windows began to develop and additions were added to them in order for them to be more efficient for people’s homes. For example, pulleys and weights were introduced in the late seventeenth century in order to make the windows more efficient. We were told, originally, that all the windows would have been made with local resources, such as: wood from the surrounding forests of New Lanark. There was a time when the wood was extremely cheap to buy and the glass itself was so expensive. When people sold their houses they would sell the house but take the glass from the windows with you.

The separate parts of the windows

The separate parts of the windows

The workshop tour began with a display of many parts to a sash and case window. All parts were laid out on a table for us to see and we were also able to interact with them, by picking them up to feel the weight and texture of the parts to the window! Each aspect was then described to us and we were shown what each part would be used for. After the initial workshop we took a well-earned tea break…

After a short break we started the tour again. Full of tea and biscuits, the 10 of us headed to the first window of the Millworkers’ Houses. This was used as an example for the sash and case windows as we were able to take an up close look at the window itself. If you looked closely you were able to see the red lead used when fitting the windows during the time of the restoration. Red lead was used for all windows and those who earned more money paid for the window fitters to use a different colour of lead so they could differentiate themselves. The sash and case windows were described as “Henry Ford production lines” which means that the windows were just a standard style and were produced in bulk without any specialised styling.


Mill Workers House window

Mill Workers House window


Demonstrating the red lead on the windows.

Demonstrating the red lead on the windows.





Do  you see the red lead?

Once we viewed the windows at the Mill Worker houses, we then moved down to counting house where we had a look at all the windows from a distance. Viewing the windows from a distance allowed us to see how the brick work around each of the windows were rarely the same. This suggests that during restoration they did not care about all the brickwork around the windows looking the exact same.


Heading to the Counting House!

The tour provided us with a better understanding of how the windows in New Lanark were made and why they were so popular.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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01/08/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , ,

The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

New Lanark was the BBC’s ninth location for The Antiques Roadshow on Thursday the 28th of August, 2016. Thousands from around the country came to New Lanark to witness the experts from the show value antiques brought to them by the public – with a little help from Fiona Bruce!

The process, for those of you who do not watch the show, is that anyone can come down with any antique and meet an expert of the show who listens to their story and values their antiques. The show has had many success stories in the past of people realising their antique is worth much more than they thought. We even had some success stories on our day, for example, Mr and Mrs Berkley were the owners of a set of Japanese chairs who were left in Mr Berkley family home when they moved in. The chairs turned out to be worth £1,500. The expert also said that identical chairs had been spotted in the palace of the Sultan of Selangor state, Malaysia.



Japanese chairs from 1910

Another success story was from Primilia, who lives in Lanark, who brought along a Dumb Waiter Statue that her parents were given as a wedding gift in 1933. The antique was a success as it was valued as more than she had anticipated. Primilia was filmed with her antique and left New Lanark with a smile on her face!

The owner of this Grandfather clock also discovered that his possession was worth more than he originally thought! Not only did the gentleman discover the price but he also found out more information about the previous owner of the clock. I guess his visit was certainly worth his time…


The Lanark Silver Bell: one of the oldest racing trophies in Europe, made between the years of 1608 and 1610. Lanark’s oldest antique which can be deemed as priceless.

The Lanark Silver Bell

The Silver Bell was a trophy given to the race winner. The earliest silver shield is dated 1628 and is engraved ‘John Hamilton of Traboun’. The holes in the bell were for the rings which used to hold the shields. Due to the number of the shields rising the Victorian silver stand was added.

The event was enjoyed by all as these are just some of the comments left on our Facebook page…

“Thanks for a fab day out!!”

“Great day out and weather was much better than forecast.”

“had a great day”

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Each expert has their own specialised field, therefore, they have their own table for said field. All around the site there were tables with the iconic red umbrellas and the respective name of department on top. So each person would queue for their ticket and be directed to whatever section their antique falls into. The Miscellaneous area was the busiest of them all as that had four tables worth of experts!

In order to organise and arrange such an event a lot of planning and effort has to go into it. On Wednesday, the 27th, both the BBC and New Lanark staff were here setting up from the early hours of the morning in order to make sure the day was a success.  The event could not have been run without the help of our volunteers who are avid fans of the show. Each volunteer had a certain area where they would help keep the queues moving efficiently and also provided much needed tea and coffee for the experts!



VIP Tour

Once the event was in full swing, I was lucky enough to join a certain group for a VIP tour, hosted by a member of the BBC production team. The tour allowed us to see behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow including the make-up room and the tents where the production team would listen and dictate the recordings. Those on the tour were New Lanark Trustees and some members of parliament.


We started off our tour by standing on the PODA and get a brief understanding of what the tour would entail.

DSC_0151We then made our way over to the production tent where producers were listening to the recordings so we had to be quiet. We even managed to get up close to some filming!

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We even managed to get a glimpse of some filming up close!

After this we went into the make-up room to see those who were preparing to be on camera. We then headed back over to the PODA and spotted Fiona Bruce welcoming visitors and helping out with reception.


Overall, the Antiques Roadshow was a complete success and the weather stayed dry, well… for the majority of the day! Below are some more pictures of the event! Be sure to keep your eye out for Antiques Roadshow on TV, as the series is on in September!

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Fancy visiting New Lanark when the BBC isn’t in town? Visit out website to find out more! 

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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01/08/16 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , ,

New Lanark Organic Tartan

New Lanark Organic Tartan

New Lanark is home to the world’s first Organic Tartan. The Organic Tartan is certified by the Soil Association. The tartan is made using 100% organic wool from HRH The Prince of Wale’s flock at Duchy Home Farm, in Gloucestershire. Our tartan here in New Lanark is a blue/green colour with a subtle purple and a hint of yellow shining through – shades all inspired by the River Clyde and New Lanark’s woodland surroundings.

Why do we have Organic Tartan?

New Lanark introduced the Organic Tartan range in order to honour our Scottish connections. The unveiling of the tartan was on the 27th of November 2015, just before St. Andrews Day. The Organic Tartan represents New Lanark, not just due to the colours included in it but also because of the uniqueness that the tartan has to offer. Both New Lanark and the Organic Tartan are unique in their own ways, however, can both represent each other in their own way.

What is the Organic Tartan being used for?

New Lanark Organic Tartan is currently sold in the New Lanark Mill Shop and is sold through a variety of products such as: throws, bags, purses and cushions.IMG_3154 IMG_3155

The Organic Tartan Process

The process for the organic tartan is completely UK based as all the stages for it take part in different locations of Britain. First of all, the wool originates from Duchy Home Farm, Gloucestershire. It is then sent to Hawarth Scouring in Bradford to be scoured. The wool is then blended, carded and spun into top quality yarn using traditional methods on the historic machinery here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. The yarn is then sent to Bradford to be dyed at Paint Box Textiles and finally finished by Schofield of Galashiels.

Below are pictures off the organic wool being woven into the tartan…


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As you can see there are many steps during the process of the wool being woven. Each step is carefully monitored and manned to ensure the best quality of tartan is being produced.

Be sure to have a look at our Organic Tartan in the Mill Shop on your next visit to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

Ronan Moore – Marketing Intern

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20/07/16 Double Row Restoration Project , Events at New Lanark # , ,

The 1820’s Back In Time Day!

The 1820’s Back In Time Day!

The 1820’s Back In Time Day

On Sunday the 17th of July we hosted a back in time day here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. We managed to capture what life would have been like for a millworker in the 1820s and gave the public an opportunity to ‘step back in time’ to experience it for themselves. This consisted of dancing and music from that period of time, food and craft demonstrations, storytelling and living history. Games, toys and crafts were also available for children on the site! There was also a Clyde 1 Photo Booth for the children to dress up and get their photo taken with a historic background. Stalls were set up along the lade, demonstrating different kinds of activities that millworkers may partake in such as: Spinning, Weaving, Wood Turning and more! There was also a stall which offered free food to the visitors. The food was the type millworkers would have eaten in the 1820’s, for example, Oatcakes, Ham Broth, Porridge Swats and Apple Bake. With Potato Pie, Apple Dumpling and Herring in Oatmeal on display.

This event is part of a Townscape Heritage / Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. Phase 1 of this large-scale regeneration project is the restoration of Double Row, a Category A listed former millworkers’ tenement block, built in the 1790s. A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works.

The day started off with a welcome from Robert Owen himself giving a shortened version of his original speech, known as, Address to the inhabitants of New Lanark. Robert Owen and Miss Winning were accompanied by two of their millworkers who shared their experience with the visitors!

Robert Owen

Robert Owen and Miss Winning!

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Once Robert Own had given his speech to the people of New lanark, it was time for the fun activities to start. There were dancing classes, storytelling and games throughout the day, approximately every 30 minutes. These activities proved to be a success as they were extremely popular!

Dancing Classes 

Dancers from The Glasgow and Edinburgh Assembly came down to teach dance routines from the 1820s in the Musicians’ Room of the Institute for the Formation of Character.

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Children gathered round the storyteller who told early 19th century myths and fairy tales. These stories were the stories that children used to tell each other in the past!



Crafts and Games

Inside we had a range of different games and activities for children to take part in. Activities such as writing with a quill and wool weaving . Hopscotch was also available along with other games child used to play in the 1820s.

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Games in the garden

Several children’s games were held in the garden such as: Tug Of War, Sack races and Potato and Spoon race. The games were organised and manned by our local Lanark Rugby Team.






Falconry Flying Display

Once all the activities were over, it was time to watch the birds of prey display. The Falconry Flying Display took place in Robert Owen’s garden. This gave everyone a chance to see how certain birds of prey hunt. There was a mix of birds of prey on offer including an African Spotted Eagle Owl and a Peregrine Falcon. Each bird demonstrated its hunting skills and put on a very impressive display for the viewers!

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Visitors were able to meet these very cute ponies and learn about the role of horses in the village in the early 19th century!

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Traditional Food Samples

Ham Broth, Oatcakes, Porridge Swats, Apple Bake and Nettle Tea were the 1820’s traditional fair on offer!


The Back In Time Day turned out to be a great success, enjoyed by all ages. Due to the variety of activities on offer, children were able to enjoy the games and crafts as well as the adults being able to enjoy the woodwork and the spinning wheels! The Back In Time Day will be running over the next three years as parts of the Double Row Restoration project, each year highlighting a different period of time in New Lanark’s history. So look out for our next choice of decade!

Ronan Moore – Marketing Intern

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14/06/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , ,

Historic letter marks 100 years of history at Double Row

Historic letter marks 100 years of history at Double Row

Double Row is currently being restored as a block of modern tenements which will be sold as a shell and the new tenants will be able to customise this new living space in their own way. Over the many years that Double Row has stood, people from multiple different generations have been able to call the tall standing building, with the scenic riverside view, their home. Along with all the history that surrounds us at New Lanark lies a beautiful story involving the Double Row building and a family who lived there.

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The Double Row tenement block at New Lanark

In 1906 James and Sarah Savage moved to Double Row and started a new life, raising their children in the town of New Lanark. One of their children, Henry Savage, was born in 1927. Henry Savage had a daughter called Maria Mannion – maiden name Savage. Maria kindly reached out to us at the New Lanark Trust to discuss the Savage family who lived at Double Row and to provide an insight on the life of her historic family.

Henry Savage and family pic. Double Row residents.

Henry and Margaret Savage. Mary Savage aged 7/8 years old is standing next to her mother.

Shortly before Maria Mannion reached out, a woman called Allison MacDonald contacted us to tell us about a letter which her father, Arthur Kelly, found whilst working for a construction company who took part in the first wave of restoring Double Row in the 1980’s. The letter was found in an attic room of the building, tucked into a notebook used for stamp collecting. Allison went on to further explain how the letter was addressed to Miss Mary Savage who is the great aunt of Maria Mannion. The letter was sent to Mary Savage from a friend from Country Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1916.

Allison MacDonald and her family came to New Lanark to meet with Maria Mannion, her husband Dermot and her cousin Sally who is also a Savage descendant. This was an emotional time for both the families as Allison passed over the letter which Mary Savage was meant to open in 1916 to Maria Mannion (Savage) who eventually opened it in 2016.

This historic letter had been reserved in an attic in Double Row and in the safe hands of Arthur Kelly for 100 years and has finally been delivered to a descendant of the Savage family. Originally, Allison MacDonald had asked if we wanted to keep the letter here in our archives, however, due to the emotional connection to the letter Maria Mannion decided to keep it and return home with it to where the letter was once sent from 100 years ago, Northern Ireland. A fitting end to a truly moving story, a letter written 100 years ago finally with a descendent of the family and returned back to where the letter was written and to where the family originated from.


Savage family at New Lanark.

Savage family at New Lanark.


Arthur Kelly, Sally, Allison Macdonald and Maria Mannion.

When Arthur Kelly, Sally, Allison MacDonald and Maria Mannion came to meet us at New Lanark!

You can find out more about New Lanark’s Double Row Restoration and the House History Project on the New Lanark website.

Ruth Beattie, Lead Researcher says “The ‘House History’ project is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about New Lanark’s people in the early 20th century and bring to light family stories and memories. We look forward to hearing from past residents or their relatives, and would encourage anyone with a story to share to contact us using the details below.”

Anyone with information, photographs or artefacts they would like to share should contact Ruth Beattie at New Lanark Trust on:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Call: 01555 661345
  • Post: ‘House History Project’, New Lanark trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB.


Ronan – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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How to create your first family tree…

How to create your first family tree…

The New Lanark Search Room contains a diverse collection of archive material including:

  • Historic & modern photographs
  • Archival documents
  • Architectural drawings
  • Maps
  • Paintings
  • Artefacts
  • Family history records
  • Oral histories

The collection helps to tell the fascinating story of New Lanark, from its days as a working mill, to its decline, restoration and inscription as a World Heritage site.  From Pauper Apprentices to Robert Owen, millworkers to mill managers and residents to famous visitors, the collection also gives us an insight into the lives of the thousands of people who lived in, worked at and visited the village.

As such, we were delighted to welcome Suzie Kolber from to write a guest blog for us on how to kick-start your family history research by creating your first family tree. 


How to Create a Small Family Tree Template
Studying your family history can be a complicated process, especially if you want to go back as far as possible or trace different branches of the family tree. Creating a template for your family tree is one way to organize information and break it down into sections that are easy to manage. Begin with a small template that is limited to three or four generations.


The Benefits of a Small Family Tree
When organizing your information, it can be easier to find people you are searching for or recognize their relationships with each other if you use small templates. Choose a person and trace his or her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Fill in the information as you discover it and it won’t seem as overwhelming as with a large template of numerous generations when most of them would be blank.


Choosing the Right Template
You can search online and find all kinds of templates. Some will work better for your purpose than others. If you are tracing your family’s genealogy, you won’t need to include photos, but you will want space to write information about each person. Create a template with the person’s name and lines for the birthdate, date of death and marriage date.

It may be helpful to list locations for each of those events or other relevant information that you may need in your research. One of the reasons that a small three- or four-generation template is ideal is that it leaves you extra space to write more.


Entering Information
While you want to have easy access to the most important information about your ancestors, especially if you are traveling, do not try to include every tidbit about your family members. It will clutter up the template and make it difficult to read. Instead, keep it short and simple. Abbreviate as much as possible. For instance, date of birth would be DOB, date of death would be DOD and so on.

Consider using an online template where you can type the information instead of hand-writing it. This allows you to make changes or even erase information or people as you need to without having to start all over with a blank template.

Store your family tree online as well so that you can easily access it if you are traveling and need to look up information as you research. This also makes it easy to print or email a copy of the tree to others who may be helping you in your research.

The most important thing in choosing a template for your small family tree is to find one that works for you. It should fit your needs, be easy to use and look appealing to you.

If you are beginning your research into your family history, start with finding the right family tree template. It makes it much easier to record and keep track of data. Plus, it is fun to share with others who share your interest in genealogy.

Suzie Kolber created to be the complete online resource for “do it yourself” genealogy projects.  The site offers the largest offering of free family tree templates online. The site is a not for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history.

Suzie – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Search Room. 

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New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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