On Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September New Lanark will take part in the nationwide Doors Open Days initiative, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to explore its buildings not usually open to the public.
Between 12pm and 4pm the Counting House, Robert Owen’s School for Children, The Search Room and War Memorial Garden will be open to the public for free. Also open will be the ‘Museum Stair’ tenement. This derelict building is one of 8 in Double Row, a block of tenements which will be restored as part of a £4million project funded by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Due to the building’s historic & fragile interior it is currently only open for special events. As part of the project an exciting new 3D virtual tour of the ‘Museum Stair’ interior will be opening within the New Lanark Visitor Centre in future years.
During the Doors Open Weekend there will also be lots of free activities for families to enjoy as part of the Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Craft workshops will be held allowing visitors to try their hand at printing historic wallpaper, and families will be able to discover historic artefacts around New Lanark & claim a prize with the fun Discovery Trail.
There’s so much going on for Doors Open Weekend that New Lanark’s founders, Richard Arkwright and David Dale, will be travelling forward in time to see how New Lanark has changed since they founded it in 1785. They will also be giving free tours of the site to visitors and there are sure to be hilarious results!
Visitors on Doors Open Weekend can also take advantage of a special offer of 25% off visitor centre tickets, allowing them to explore other parts of the site including the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Millworkers’ Housing, Village Store Exhibition and Robert Owen’s House.
Further information on Doors Open Days at New Lanark, and New Lanark’s upcoming events including the 2015 Book Festival in October can be found at www.newlanark.org