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20/04/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Alex

Meet the Guides: Alex

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

Name: Alex Davies

Hometown: Dunbar

When did you start working at New Lanark? March 2017

What is your dream job or career? To be a museum education officer or a children’s author.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? By the Falls.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? Robert Owen and what he did to make his Millworkers lives better.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? Friendly people and a beautiful place to work.

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

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Oscar Wilde – I think he’d be very witty.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? 1890s in France, I like Art Nouveau.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

As part of Alex’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 www.newlanark.org

Alex and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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12/04/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Claudia

Meet the Guides: Claudia

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

Name: Claudia Castelinni

Hometown: Padova, Italy

Age: 32

When did you start working at New Lanark? March 2017

What is your dream job or career? Tourist Guide! Promoting culture, art and history to students and tourist from different countries.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Standing at the water wheel and looking at the view of Dundaff Linn.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The social reforms that took place here – the attention that was given to the workers, treating them as human beings and to the children allowing them the time to play and learn.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? The interest and enthusiasm you can create with your audience when you describe everything that happened here in the past.

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

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? I would be very interested to sit at the same table as Robert Owen and his Italian “disciple” Adriono Olivetti. There would be many interesting discussions about the treatment of workers, their well being and improvements in society!

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? I am an Linda Hop dancer so I would ike to live in the 1940s for the fashion, the lifestle and the upcoming changes in society.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? My peaceful island is Pollock Park in Glasgow but I also like walking along the River Clyde discovering the little villages that were part of Scotland’s history.

As part of Claudia’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 www.newlanark.org

Claudia and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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22/06/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , , ,

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

Here in New Lanark we are surrounded by tenement buildings which are rich in history and each have their own story. For example, Caithness Row was named after the highlanders who came to settle and work in New Lanark when their ship, intended for America, was brought into Greenock due to weather damage. David Dale had heard of this and sent a representative to Greenock to offer jobs and a place to live. Housing has always been a key feature here in New Lanark as David Dale offered free housing with good living conditions for their time, which was uncommon in this era. David Dale’s generosity was simply due to the fact that he believed those who worked in New Lanark should live in New Lanark because of the remote distance in which it is located. It was not practical to travel to New Lanark. All of the buildings in New Lanark have been restored today in their own unique way, for example, Robert Owens house has been renovated to look like what it once was when Mr Owen and his family lived there in 1799.

Double Row beside the River Clyde

Double Row’s beautiful riverside location

Double Row is the only building on the site which is yet to be restored. The riverside building has been empty and redundant for the past 42 years, however, is currently undergoing a restoration process and is set to be finished by December, 2016. The first 7 tenements will be town houses which are available to purchase and design inside. However, the 8th tenement, also known as the Museum Stair, which is now a Scheduled Monument will be interpreted in a CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) in a part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre so visitors can virtually experience being in a ‘room within a room’ throughout the decades of Double Row’s inhabitation.

Today we went on a ‘Hard Hat’ tour of Double Row and had an opportunity to view the restoration work so far. We were able to walk up the scaffolding which is currently surrounding the building and were lucky enough to view inside to see the layout of the tenements. We were also treated to some beautiful views of the Clyde! When inside Double Row you are able to view the 5 stories of each tenement and can visually imagine what it used to look like as the outline of the fireplaces are still visible. With the help of modern day technology, the Museum Stair will have a 3D tour which will allow visitors to view a digital version of what life was like in the past and you will even receive a guided tour from David Dale himself… well, with a little help from technology of course.

We were able to speak to the Land Engineering contractors who are in charge of the restoration work who explained what they had to do in order to restore the building.

Double Row was renovated partly in the past, around the mid-80’s, however, that was only to keep the building standing. Building conservation methods have advanced since then so the workmen have to change the tiles on the roof to match the modern day style. This is a long and strenuous process and has taken time to change the roofing slates and also to clear the debris left inside.

We look forward to seeing the restored Double Row later in the year. Here are some more photos from our Hard Hat Tour of Double Row…

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on the New Lanark website. 

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14/04/15 A Visitor's View # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

Are you looking to spend a fantastic day out in a nature reserve? Do you want to get back to the past and experience the life of an enlightened community in Europe? If so you must visit the New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.

Throughout the Easter weekend the site organised two events – Easter Holidays Daily Tours and Peregrine Watch with Scottish Wildlife Trust Association.

New Lanark rooftops

PEREGRINE WATCH TRAIL

From the 3rd to the 6th of April in the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve there was the Easter Weekend Special at the Peregrine Watch. This special event has encouraged people to visit the viewing station, which has the best views of nesting peregrine falcons in Britain! We followed the red trail called the “Clyde Walkway”. On this trail all visitors learn about these lovely wild creatures in 10 exciting stages. At each of the stages there is a quiz and you can check your answers at the end of the trail in the viewing station.

New Lanark Peregrine watchNew Lanark Peregrine watch

The trail goes along the beautiful, tumbling River Clyde. It was easy to miss some of the stages because of the awe-inspiring natural beauty and scenery all around. An interesting fact is that the area has been a conservation success story with peregrine falcons returning to nest there in 1997 after a long absence. People coming back from the viewing station were very excited that they had seen peregrines. Their excitement was understandable, I discovered, when we reached the viewing station. At the station staff were describing exactly what was happening with the nesting peregrines. The brilliant thing was that you could look at any time through telescopes if you had not brought your own binoculars. We saw a sitting female peregrine and something more exciting- a peregrine eating it’s mid-air caught pigeon.

New Lanark nature reserve

New Lanark - Bonnington Linn

Don’t worry if you missed the Easter Weekend Special, you can still follow the peregrine clue trail until the 21st of June from 10am to 4pm or you can visit the Scottish Wildlife Trust website to see peregrines live on webcam! I warmly recommend it.

THE NEW LANARK TOURS

During the school holiday period until the 19th of April you can take part in the Easter Holidays Daily Tours with one of New Lanark’s guides. The first group of 25 people leaves the reception every day at 2pm and goes to the Millworkers’ Houses and The New Lanark Village Store.

New Lanark tours

New Lanark tours

This 45 minute tour takes you back into the past, to the 1820s when workers’ families often lived 10 in one small room. Our guide Lesley brought the past of New Lanark back to life in a fantastic, humorous and interesting way. It was surprising, especially for younger visitors, to hear how people were lived in such different conditions to the modern day. The room from the 1930s showed the contrast in living standards. The oldest visitors in our group remembered their childhood homes, so it was nice to hear them share their stories.

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The second part of the tour was in The New Lanark Store, established in 1813 by Robert Owen. It provided goods at retail prices so that anyone in the village could buy whatever they needed. From the historic displays you can find out how New Lanark became the biggest cotton mill in Scotland exporting vast amounts of cotton, how the manufacturing looks today and which famous brands use organic cotton made in New Lanark.

New Lanark Roof Garden

New Lanark buildings

After this short but brilliant tour you can continue to explore the rest of the interesting sites. Highly recommended is taking part in the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, where you really feel like you going back in time in a dark ride which features mill girl Annie who magically appears and reveals the amazing story of her life and times in New Lanark in 1820. If you then take a rest on the Roof Garden you will be delighted by the stunning views around New Lanark and the River Clyde. Don’t forget to take your children to Clearburn Picnic & Play Area, which opened last year. It has a fantastic giant willow storytelling dome, bug hotels and a secret hideaway tree house. Your kids will love this unique adventure playground!

It has surely proven to be one of the best places to visit in Scotland!

Scotland Traveloholic – New Lanark Guest Blogger
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