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16/06/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

New Lanark will be hosting the Brick City LEGO Exhibition over the summer period this year. Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons including the Colosseum in Rome, St Pancras Station in London and Arc De Triomphe in Paris recreated solely using LEGO Bricks. We’re looking for a group of volunteers to assist New Lanark Trust with the running of the exhibition…

 

Here are 10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City!

 

Have fun

Volunteering is a relaxed and enjoyable way to pass a day, meeting lots of new people and taking part in an activity you may not have experienced before. Brick City is an exhibition made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, the most popular toy in the world – so you can’t really get more fun than that!

 

Be part of something BIG

Brick City is going to be the biggest event New Lanark has ever hosted – even bigger than our annual Christmas events or when we hosted the Antiques Roadshow last year! The exhibition is running for 10 weeks and during that time we expect to welcome around 15,000 people to see the amazing LEGO models.

 

Support a local charity

New Lanark Trust is an Independent Scottish Charity and without the contribution of volunteers who provide essential staffing resource, New Lanark wouldn’t be able to bring these fantastic exhibitions to the local area for the community to enjoy, such as the Great Tapestry of Scotland in 2014 and now Brick City.

 

Increase your personal health

A number of studies have shown that volunteering is beneficial for your health as it reduces your stress levels by allowing you to focus on another activity or person, as opposed to your own problems. Getting out of the house and meeting new people also benefits your physical and mental health.

 

Improve your CV

Volunteering can be a fantastic way to boost your skills and enhance your CV. Brick City will be perfect for anyone who is interested in working in a whole host of industries including Arts & Museums, Heritage, Events Organisation, Marketing, PR or Education.

 

Inspire others

Quite often the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers inspires others to give volunteering, or something else new, a go!

 

 

Make friends

Being a volunteer is a great way to meet like-minded people from all different walks of life. Being brought together as a team builds camaraderie and teamwork!

 

Discover hidden talents

If you never try, you’ll never know! Volunteering gives you access to new experiences, approaches and ways of interacting with others. You may discover a new passion or develop a long-term interest in a worthy cause.

Promote your local community

Brick City will attract thousands of people from all over Scotland – and perhaps even further afield! By being a volunteer you’ll be able to meet these people  and tell them about your local community, the people who live here, and all of the other activities visitors can enjoy in Lanarkshire.

 

Enjoy a family day out!

Brick City volunteers will be given a Brick City family pass to allow them to come back ‘off duty’ and share the exhibition with their family members.

 

Interested in becoming a Brick City volunteer? Email [email protected] with your contact details by 20th June 2017!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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13/06/17 Events at New Lanark # , , , , ,

LEGO® Challenge Workshops

LEGO® Challenge Workshops

Hi, my name is Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I have been lucky enough to be able to plan the Lego Challenge Workshops for the Brick City Exhibition. It’s been great fun building all the models and mosaics and finding out how Lego works. My favourite things to build are mosaics and castles. I’ve also visited the Lego Clubs at Lanark Library and Low Parks Museum in Hamilton to see what they’ve been building.

The Challenge workshops are an opportunity to test your creativity and Lego building skills. Each session is 45 minutes and best suited to people six and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. As there is a new theme every week, you can come back and do a different workshop. Booking is essential. The themes are: towers, bridges; mosaics; cars and mazes.  The workshops will take on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3rd July to 2nd August. There are two  workshops a day at 10.30 and 2.30. Some of the Challenges will be fast-paced and against the clock.

You will get a chance to work in pairs and teams to build: the highest tower and the best castle; the longest and the strongest bridge; the most creative mosaic; the fastest balloon car and the most confusing maze. You will be helped with your Challenges by New Lanark’s friendly staff and volunteers. It will be a great way to meet new friends who love playing with Lego. I’ll be looking forward to meeting you in July and August.

Click here to book your Challenge Workshops!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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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 www.newlanark.org/brickcity
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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06/04/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

This is an excerpt from Warren Elsmore’s book Brick City, which shares the same name as the exhibition created by Warren – Brick City – which New Lanark is hosting from 28th June – 9th August 2017. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and selling fast.

Warren Elsmore…

“I’ve been a fan of LEGO® since before I can remember. Even my parents can’t recall when this started – I just always seemed to love it. I wasn’t content with the simple models, though. As soon as I had mastered those, I wanted to create a whole city. Ever January I would pore over the LEGO catalogue planning a whole year in advance and deciding which ones to ask for as birthday and Christmas presents, and which to save up for myself.”

“Before too long, my bedroom was filled with a huge city layout. It was planned to the last detail so that it really fitted together as a town. It had not only traditional LEGO® models of the fire and police stations, but also an airport, a garage, shops and a railway station – even if the track only ran around the city and back to the station again. It even had old ruined city walls, re-purposed from the LEGO castle range to add character.”

Dale and Millie checking out Brick City

“Sadly, I moved away from LEGO as I grew up, and only came back to it in my twenties, discovering my passion was stronger than ever. This time I built the city I had always wanted to build as a child. My station had multiple platforms and more than one train – even though they technically didn’t go anywhere. Next, I painstakingly built a copy of our house, scaled so that the LEGO minifigures could be placed inside. Then I built the train that occasionally took me to London and, after that, a working model of the 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mile)-long Forth Bridge for my new train to travel over – a beast of 3 metres (9 feet and 10 inches) long. By then I wanted to show these models off at events, so I decided to start on something more ambitious. Eighteen months and 120,000 bricks later, I unveiled my model of London’s St.Pancras railway station at the LEGO fair in Denmark. This showpiece has since toured both the UK and Europe, been featured on the BBC television, and paved the way to a new career as an independent LEGO artist.”

Warren’s amazing model of St.Pancras Station!

 

Brick City is running from 28th June – 9th August 2017 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets are on sale now at www.newlanark.org.

Melissa Reilly – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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20/02/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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30/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

It’s been an exciting summer for us here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Although it was hard to choose, here are our top 10 summer moments from 2016!

 

  1. Antiques Roadshow Filming. On 28th July we welcomed the crew from the BBC and over 2,200 visitors to our site for a fantastic day of filming!

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2. Back in Time Day. On 17th July we ‘stepped back in time’ with over 700 visitors to experience life in the village in the 1820s. We even met Robert Owen!

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3. On 18th June we received a visit from Hamish the Heilan Coo Visit Scotland Van! Here he is meeting our very own ‘Hamish’ pillow.

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4. At the Royal Highland Show 2016 our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three bronze medals!

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5. In the middle of August the Bonnington Power Station was turned off for maintenance so we were lucky enough to see the magnificent Falls in full spate!

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6. At the end of July we launched our beautiful Joules range in the New Lanark Mill Shop!

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7. Throughout June and July we hosted the free Scotstyle and Building Scotland exhibitions in the River Room.

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8. At the beginning of August Lorna Davidson passed on the baton to Scott McCauley, the new Chief Executive of New Lanark Trust!

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9. At the start of June we released a new promotional film for the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

 

10. The House History project which is linked to our Double Row Restoration Project  has been in full swing during the summer!

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After such a fantastic summer we can’t wait to see what autumn will bring! Visit our website to find out about what’s going on at New Lanark.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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03/08/16 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

The swallow chicks in the nest under the Roof Garden viewing platform fledged successfully in the last week of July.   These baby swallows represent the sixth generation of their kind to be born and raised in New Lanark Roof Garden.  The Scottish Wildlife Trust identified them as swallows (as opposed to martins or swifts) from the reddish-russet colouring on their throats.  An amazing characteristic of these beautiful birds is their ability to feed while on the wing.  As they swoop through the air, they hoover up hundreds of midges so they are definitely our friends!  Soon even the young ones will be migrating many miles south to Africa for the winter, and with luck will return next spring as soon as the weather begins to warm up again.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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06/07/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Looking for a dog walk in Lanarkshire? The Falls of Clyde walkway at New Lanark is paw-fect! (excuse the pun)

New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village nestled in a valley beside the River Clyde in Lanarkshire. Now one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde is visited by thousands of walkers and their canine companions every year.

Now, for all the important stuff – New Lanark is located under 1 hour from Glasgow & Edinburgh beside the town of Lanark. To get here use the postcode ML11 9DB. On-site there is free parking, free toilets, lots of outdoor picnic areas as well as a large indoor café. There is also a fantastic shop, hotel and restaurant!

It’s advised that dogs are kept on a leash within New Lanark village, as this area is frequented by many visitors, residents and cars throughout the day.

The actual Falls of Clyde walk is a mostly pathed walk through forest next to the river. There are a couple of sandy beach areas at the side of the river with shallower water. Doggy towels at the ready!

This is a great article on Walkiees.co.uk which fully explains the walk.

Without further ado, here’s some fun photos to get tails wagging…

New Lanark day out ☀️💦

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Cracking night for a walk #newlanark #boxerdog #boxersofinstagram

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Jake had a great day out in the sunshine at @newlanark !

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New Lanark Clyde walkway…. Hallie’s new favourite playground 🐾 @willbike #lanarkshire #newlanark #scotland

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Days with my #baby #doggy #fallsofclyde #lanark #sunshine

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That wee face! #NewLanark #walkway

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Disclaimer – towels may be required!

To find out more about New Lanark and walks to the Falls of Clyde please visit the New Lanark website. Alternatively you can call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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23/06/16 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

With the summer holidays fast approaching families across the country will be wondering to take the kids on a day out? Luckily for us in Scotland we have a fantastic range of attractions, parks and fun places to visit. As part of our Summer Blog programme, we’ve pulled together a list of days out in Scotland we think would be fantastic for Grandparents to take their Grandchildren. Keeping everyone happy with some nature, a bit of history & the chance to learn…and a nice hot cuppa at the end of the day!

New Lanark World Heritage Site – Visitor Centre 

First up is the Visitor Centre at New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village which became famous under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. In 2001 the village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding universal value’. Today visitors can learn about the fascinating industrial heritage and social history of the village through our award-winning Visitor Centre. Attractions in the Visitor Centre include the Annie McLeod Experience Ride (which takes you back in time!), the Roof Garden, Working textile machinery (where we now produce New Lanark wool), Housing Exhibits, the School for Children and the Village Store – complete with retro sweeties! We have a range of facilities on-site including the Mill Café, outdoor picnic & play areas, WiFi in selected areas, free accessible toilets & baby change and a beautiful Mill Shop which sells a range of gifts, homeware, clothing, books, accessories and of course, New Lanark wool! For those who love the great outdoors our village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and is the gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which is home to the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Enjoy a woodland walk to see the Falls and then return to the village to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream – made on site!

During the summer months we offer a programme of fun craft workshops for kids and daily guided tours of the village. To find out more about visiting please visit our website at www.newlanark.org or feel free to contact us with any enquiries at [email protected] / 01555 661345.

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Rawr! Monster on the loose… #toddlerlife #newlanark #interactivegallery #fridayfun

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Pittencrief Park 

There are three seperate play areas at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline! This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist. There you can also enjoy woodland trails, nature spotting, green houses and the Rubbings Trail. Don’t forget to look out for the resident peacocks!

Pittencrief Park

Photo credit: Fife Council Flickr

 

Scotland Street School Museum 

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in the three reconstructed classrooms.

Photo credit: Glasgow Life website

Scotland Street School

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the three engaging floors of the Science Mall. There’s also Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema, the Glasgow Tower and a programme of fascinating live shows.

Photo credit: Expedia

Photo credit: Expedia

David Livingstone Centre

The David Livingstone Centre is a child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. The museum is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde with woodland walks, a play park and a Nature Explorers Club that runs once a month on Saturday mornings. A shop and cafe might tempt you and these plus the grounds are free to visit.

David Livingstone Centre

Photo credit: the National Trust for Scotland website

 

With all of these great locations on your doorstep there’s more than enough to keep the grandchildren entertained this summer! If you’d like to find out more about visiting New Lanark, and our programme of tours and craft workshops over the summer please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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