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10 Facts about Andy Warhol

10 Facts about Andy Warhol

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be exhibiting ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol until 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

Artist in Focus: Andy Warhol

  1. Early Years

Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Andy Warhol’s actual name was Andy Warhola. He changed his last name and dropped the ending alphabet “a” when he moved to the state of New York to pursue a career in the arts after completing his Bachelor degree in the year 1949. Andy Warhol’s parents namely Ondrej Varhola and Julia were immigrants from Slovakia. His father was a laborer and his mother used to earn by cleaning houses and making handicrafts. The couple’s first child was born when they were still in Slovakia but he died before they migrated to the United States of America. They later had three sons namely Paul (1923), John (1925) and Andy (1928).

As a child, Andy Warhol enjoyed drawing immensely. He drew many portraits of his friends and family. In 1945, Andy graduated Schenley High School at the young age of sixteen. He started his studies at Carnegie Tech the following September and t wasn’t long before his drawing abilities became known amongst his peers. A small number of drawings from his time at college are housed in The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Warhol’s primary ambition while at Carnegie Tech was to become a fine artist and possibly teach art like some of his professors. Instead, the opportunity came up to leave Pittsburgh and pursue art in New York City with Philip Pearlstein. He immediately started into the field of illustration. His aspirations in becoming a fine artist were postponed since the illustration work earned him a very good income.


2. Illustration

Andy Warhol’s earliest work was for a magazine titled “Glamour”. It was his first ever assignment in which he was given a task to write an article. His article was titled as “Success is a Job in New York.”

3. POP!

Warhol is considered a pioneer of “Pop Art” which was an art movement during 1950s. The movement started in Britain during the mid-1950s and was initiated in America in the latter part of the 1950s. Pop art was contradictory to the well-known traditional ways of art.

4. Mixing Media

He worked with many forms of media, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and music. He also started a magazine (called Interview Magazine) and he wrote several books.


5. The Factory

Warhol’s studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. He saw art as a product, the same as the clothes you wear and the food you eat. He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.


6. Born in the USA

In the 1960s he produced a series of paintings of iconic American images and objects, these included: Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles.

7. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

In the 1970s Warhol produced work for many celebrities, including: Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Diana Ross.


8. New York Academy of Art

In 1980, Andy Warhol was involved in the founding of The New York Academy of Art along with other artists, scholars and patrons of the arts including Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith and Russell Wilkinson. The founders were passionate about fostering the resurgence of representational and figurative art and recognized the importance of classical education in drawing, painting and sculpture as a solid foundation for contemporary artists.

9. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Andy Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 following post gallbladder surgery complications. He is buried at St John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, next to his parents. After Andy Warhol’s death, his will was read out. According to his will, his estate (except for a few things) was to be auctioned to create a foundation that would work for the advancement of the visual arts. The auction of his estate resulted in collecting around $20 million. This money resulted in the formation of “Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts”. The foundation has been contributing towards the enhancement of arts and overcoming the challenges it possesses since then.

10. Inspiration

Andy Warhol is an inspiration to many young and aspiring artists around the world. For this very reason, “The Andy Warhol Museum” has been built in his memory. The museum stands in Andy’s hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest museum in America solely devoted to the art collection of a single artist. It has seven floors with over 17 galleries, 77 sculptures, 900 paintings, 2,000 paper works, 1,000 prints, 4,000 photographs and 4,350 films and videos.


Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Warhol’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Picasso, Dali and Matisse. The exhibition now includes four more pieces of clothing made from printed silk textiles designed by Andy Warhol, all relatively new discoveries, with two of them never having been exhibited to the public before. The garments include two ‘ice cream’ dresses, the ‘Buttons’ dress and the ‘Candy Apple’ blouse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

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Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer




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16/02/18 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Garden Diary Blog: January & February 2018

Garden Diary Blog: January & February 2018

The main event in January was the snow – covering everything with a deep white blanket that muffled every sound!  In the blast of cold weather,  the robin population of New Lanark living around the lade, the Clearburn Play Area and the Roof Garden, became extra friendly, seeking out human company in the hope of getting some morsels of food.  A pair of wrens kept popping in and out of the lade tunnel at the end of the village next to the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve, enjoying the shelter it gave, and perhaps looking for a place to build a nest when Spring arrives.   Their Latin name is Troglodytes meaning ‘cave dweller’.  Meanwhile, some people had a real thrill of seeing otters in the river and hearing them squeaking to one another as they rolled around in the surf.   There are small green shoots appearing from the earth and the days are beginning to lengthen again, so there is no excuse for not being out and about!

At the end of January, New Lanark opened its first exhibition of 2018  – the stunning ‘ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol’. 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark here.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

It’s likely that most people will have heard of the name ‘Picasso’, even if they do not consider themselves an art lover. That’s because Pablo Picasso was a prolific creator of art who completed more than 1800 paintings, more than 1200 sculptures, more than 2500 ceramic works, more than 10000 drawings and many tapestries during his career. He was a painter, sculptor, print-maker and poet who is widely hailed as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be opening our new Exhibition Gallery with a stunning exhibition, ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

 Artist in Focus: Pablo Picasso


1. Picasso’s Full Name Has 23 Words

Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco.

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

2. Picasso’s first word

Picasso’s mother claimed that his first word was “piz,” short of lápiz the Spanish word for ‘pencil.’ It’s like he was born to be an artist! At the age of 7, Picasso’s father Ruiz, who was also a painter and art professor, began to give him a formal education in art, focussing on drawing techniques and oil painting.


3. Picasso’s first paintings

Two years later, at the tender young age of 9, Picasso completed his first painting: Le picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight. At the age of thirteen, Picasso studied at the School of fine Arts in Barcelona – at this point his father vowed to give up painting as he felt his son had surpassed him!

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

At the age of 15 Picasso completed his first major painting, an “academic” work named ‘First Communion’, featuring a portrait of his father, mother, and younger sister kneeling before an altar. At the age of 16, Picasso entered the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

First Communion, 1869 by Picasso. Courtesy of

4. Picasso at school

Despite his clear artistic abilities, Picasso was not a committed student and he frequently missed classes. He particularly didn’t like being told what to do, and was often sent to ‘detention’, which might not have been much of a punishment after all:

For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping ” 
– Pablo Picasso


5. Cubism: Full of Little Cubes

In 1909, Picasso and French artist Georges Braque (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES) co-founded an art movement known as cubism. Actually, it was a French art critic Louis Vauxcelles who first called it “bizarre cubiques” or cubism, after noting that Picasso and Braque’s paintings are “full of little cubes.”

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso


6. “Minotaurs and Matadors”

In the 1930s Picasso became fascinated with the mythical creature the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and head of a bull. It appeared in many of his pieces of art such as La Minotauromachie VII (1935). Apparently Picasso identified himself with this creature,  its human and animal principle, locked in a maze, hidden from sunlight. In 2017,”Minotaurs and Matadors” – an exhibition curated by Sir John Richardson in partnership with Gagosian and Picasso’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, opened in London. The exhibition examined the intersection of Picasso’s bullfighting imagery with his mythological and biographical compositions of the 1930s.

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a Minotaur.
—Pablo Picasso

La Minotauromachie VII (1935)

La Minotauromachie VII (1935), Pablo Picasso. Photo: Prudence Cumming Associates; Courtesy Gagosian; 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


7. Did Picasso steal the Mona Lisa?

Actually no, but in 1911, when the famous painting Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre, the police took in Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police hauled him in for questioning. Both were later released.


8. Most expensive artwork sold at auction

In 2015 Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers (Version O)’ set a new world record for the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction after reaching $179m (£115m) in New York. The painting had been expected to exceed $140m before the auction but the final price far exceeded those estimates in a sale at Christie’s auction house at a time when collectors’ appetite for masterpieces of impressionist, modern and contemporary art was increasing.  Women of Algiers, once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

'Les femmes d'Alger' or 'Women of Algiers'

‘Les femmes d’Alger’ or ‘Women of Algiers’

Picasso’s record was broken at the end of 2017 when Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ sold for an astonishing $400m (£304m). The picture, of a serene-looking Christ dressed in blue and holding an orb, is one of fewer than 20 works by Leonardo still in existence, and was one of only 10 in history to be sold at auction. Yet most predicted it would sell for about $120m, less than the record-breaking $179.4m which was paid for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger in 2015.

Salvator Mundi, Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvator Mundi,


9. Moving to France

In between his Blue (1901 – 1904) and Rose (1904 – 1906) Periods, Pablo Picasso moved to France. In 1900, Pablo Picasso spent time in Paris for the first time. He shared a room with Max Jacob, a poet and journalist, and Picasso learnt how to speak and read French. In Paris he met and became good friends with the artist Henri Matisse (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES). Throughout the early part of the 20th century, Picasso spent time living in both Paris and Barcelona. In 1918 Picasso got married to Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina. they remained legally married until 1955, but they separated in about 1927. During World War 2, Picasso lived in occupied Paris. He continued to produce art but he didn’t exhibit any of his work during the war years.


10. Taking on textile projects…

In the early 1960s, Picasso agreed to design for two almost unknown textile projects, both launched in 1963. In this period, Picasso was allowing his pictures to be printed on almost any fabric, save upholstery. The sofa was a line he wouldn’t cross, as the curators of ARTIST TEXTILES note: ‘Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on.’ Visitors to ARTIST TEXTILES at New Lanark will be able to see a range of Picasso prints used within vintage garments and large textile prints.

Picasso Unseen

Picasso Unseen, ‘ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol’


Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Picasso’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Warhol, Dali and Matisse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer


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19/10/17 New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , ,

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

History in the making

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans    

Ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s?

Are you a History Buff that likes to step back in to yesteryear and discover the very foundation of the land ?

If you have answered yes to either of these questions then New Lanark World Heritage Site is the place for you.

Tour and Attractions

Watch history come alive at New Lanark, with our fantastic tour, where you are taken back to the time of Robert Owen, the revolutionary who took the world of textile production by storm. You  will learn key facts about his time here, what he did and what he is remembered for. History tells us that Robert had a firm belief that  every child had the right to an education and the right to play, and you will learn of New Lanark’s transformation from a humble mill to a hub for all cultures and nationalities, which brought people together for the common good.

Let the spirit of Annie McLeod guide you as you take your journey on the ”Annie  McLeod Experience” Dark Ride, where Annie takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery as she tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820 and the changes Robert Owens made to the lives of the children who worked in the mill.

Home is where the heart is , visit Robert Owen’s House and also learn of his history , from running New Lanark, to setting up shop on the banks of Indiana’s  Washbank river.

Historic Shopping

Why not pop over to the New Lanark Mill Shop, where we offer a fantastic range of contemporary gifts, books and Scottish produce. Also on display in our shop are fabulous textile creations made from yarn produced on site using our historic textile machinery. Like most of us here, if you have a sweet tooth , then the New Lanark Village Store is for you, where we stock a variety of traditional sweeties ( Yum Yum).



After a long day at New Lanark does find one rather Peckish, in that case why not stop in at our New Lanark Mill Café, which offers a fantastic range of lunches, home baking, light bites and also offers our multi award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream

Or if you are up for some fine dining , New Lanark Mill Hotel welcomes non-residents to the Hotel Bar and One Restaurant wither its for a quick bite or sitting down for dinner expect top quality food and service from our wonderful staff.

You cant take in the history of New Lanark  on a empty stomach can you ?

Sound Off

Make history today,  please visit:, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

But from me it’s

Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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07/09/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: September 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: September 2017

At the start of August, clusters of bright red berries adorned the rowan trees near the Clearburn Natural Picnic & Play Area.  By the end of the month, however, all that bounty had disappeared down the throats of hungry blackbirds and thrushes enjoying a late summer feast.   In folklore, the rowan was known as the Quicken Tree, and was believed to keep away witches and malevolent spirits, so New Lanark should be well protected!

Who are the mystery night-time visitors who have torn up the grass near the rowan trees?  Badgers! These elusive creatures have been pushing their snouts around under the turf, seeking  earthworms  and grubs during the night.

Meanwhile, over in Robert Owen’s Garden, the clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is putting on a wonderful  late summer show of its large dark blue flowers as it ascends to the top of the golden holly bush.

Come down to New Lanark and enjoy!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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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.

Sound Off

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:, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

But from me it’s

Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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07/06/17 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Hi, I’m Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve been lucky enough to get to plan the DUPLO Stories and Songs Sessions for the Brick City Exhibition. These will take place in the Interactive Gallery in Robert Owen’s School for Children on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4th July and 3rd August for half an hour from 10.00.

In these sessions, you will have a chance to share songs, stories and simple Duplo modelling with your wee ones. They are targeted at 3yrs and under, but brothers and sisters 7yrs and under should enjoy them too for the price of a ticket to the Interactive Gallery. Booking is essential. There will be a new theme each story time and a chance to build with Duplo.

I have had great fun choosing the stories and songs and collecting and making props (toys) to share them with you. This should be a lovely relaxed way to meet new parents and carers and children. Bring your singing voices and your creativity!

Click here to book your Storytime, Singing and DUPLO Sessions!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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01/06/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

Are you a self confessed LEGO Lover or are your kids budding builders? If so, there are plenty of events happening right here in Scotland to keep all of you entertained this summer! Including, Brick City at New Lanark…


Brick City at New Lanark World Heritage Site

See the world in LEGO Bricks this summer at New Lanark. The amazing Brick City exhibition showcases over 60 models made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, featuring world landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome and icons like the Mona Lisa! The exhibition will be hosted in Robert Owen’s School for Children, an historic 200 year old building which is the traditional home of education at New Lanark.

Dates & Times: 28th June – 10th September, 10am – 5pm daily.
Location: New Lanark World Heritage Site
Price: £16 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children), £6 Adults, £5 Concessions, £4 Children, Under 3s Free
Booking: Book online via
What’s included? Exhibition entry | Self-Led Play Area | Graffiti Wall | Voucher for 25% off the New Lanark Visitor Attraction
Extras: Robotics Workshops, Challenge Workshops, Storytime & DUPLO Sessions

One of the amazing models in the Brick City exhibition

Dale and Millie – New Lanark’s LEGO mascots!

Are you up for the Challenge Workshops?

Great for little ones – Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Chomp Chomp – Robotics Workshops!


Brick Mania at Peterhead Prison Museum

Dates & Times: 15th July 2017, 10am – 4pm
Location: Peterhead Prison Museum
What’s included? A day of displays, play and competitions involving all aspects of the lego brick!
Click here to find out more

BRICK LIVE at the Glasgow SEC

Dates & Times: 20th – 23rd July 2017
Location: Glasgow SEC
What’s included? The UK’s largest LEGO exhibition
Price: Standard Prices from £21.75, VIP Prices from £38.00
Click here to find out more

BUILD IT at National Museum of Scotland

Dates: Until 30th July 2017
Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
What is it? A museum made from LEGO
Click here to find out more

Brick City Beach Bonanza

Dates: 4th & 4th August 2017
Location: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
What is it? Granite City Bricks are bring a new improved Lego show to Aberdeen.
Click here to find out more

Brick City the Backstage Tour (Fringe show)

Dates: 4th – 25th August 2017
Location: Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh
What is it? LEGO artist Warren Elsmore is based in Edinburgh but his studio isn’t open to the public – until now!
Click here to find out more

Awesome Bricks

Dates: 26th & 27th August 2017
Location: National Museum of Flight
What is it? Build a mini vehicle then race it against your friends, get creative in our brick pit, see amazing constructions made by LEGO® fans and learn about the history of this iconic brand with renowned brick artist Warren Elsmore.
Click here to find out more


As you can see there’s plenty to keep LEGO lovers busy in Scotland this summer! There are also a range of LEGO themed events taking place elsewhere in the UK!


Click here to book your Brick City at New Lanark!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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19/05/17 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

May is a lovely time at New Lanark.  Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around  the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.

The Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley.  Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird.   The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing  its flat gray rocks,  but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.

Where have the Falls gone?!


In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!

Last year’s duck family on the go


Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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11/05/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Darren

Meet the Guides: Darren

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Darren Hardie

Hometown: Glasgow

Age: 22

When did you start working at New Lanark? November 2016

What is your dream job or career? I’d love to be a Firefighter or a lecturer in history!

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Dundaff Linn – the viewing spot within the Retort House.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The progressive values that have existed and continue to exist at New Lanark.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? The team!

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Scenic

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Maya Angelou because she is the fiercest, strongest woman in recent history.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? The Christianisation of the Anglo-Saxons. It was a time of major change and upheaval meaning the chance to control a Kingdom was never far off.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? The Riverside Museum as it is an excellent example of a museum that is very intellectually stimulating but also family friendly.

As part of Darren’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

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