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

Meet the Guides: Jamie

Meet the Guides: Jamie

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

Name: Jamie McCaw

Hometown: Lanark

Age: 23

When did you start working at New Lanark? November 2016

What is your dream job or career? To become a primary teacher – I’m going to the University of the West of Scotland in Hamilton to do a teaching course in August.

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Looking out to Dundaff Linn from the water wheel because it’s such a pretty view.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The social and education reforms that David Dale and Robert Owen brought to New Lanark.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? Doing the Historic Classroom roleplay with primary schools – you get to be stricter than in class nowadays!

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

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Charles Darwin to discuss his theory of evolution.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? Somewhere around the 1920’s – 1930’s as the music of the time was amazing – big band, swing etc!

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? One of the most amazing places I’ve visited is Melrose Abbey. It is so stunningly beautiful and historic!

 

As part of Jamie’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

Jamie and our other new staff members

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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05/05/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

During the local (South Lanarkshire) School Holidays, here at New Lanark we run Daily Guided Tours of the Village with our experiences guides.Visitors have the chance to explore New Lanark  discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out!

Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception.

We are also able to offer the following specialist theme tours to booked groups. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to discuss any of these tour options!

~ Urban Conservation ~
~ Geographical Settlement Studies ~
~ Planning
~ Heritage & Leisure Management ~
~ Travel & Tourism ~
~ Marketing ~
~ Child Care & Nursery Education ~
~ Social & Economic History ~
~ Utopian Socialism
~ Education & Historical Pedagogy ~
~ Industrial Archaeology ~
~ Water Power & Hydro-electricity ~
~ Industrial Architecture ~

 

Throughout the year our Learning and Outreach team provide special tours and sessions for booked school groups:

 

Pre-school to Primary 2

  • Mini Discovery Tour – How we used to live in the past
  • A look at life in the past 1800s
  • Toys from the Past
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Exploring the Senses

 

Primary 3 to 7

  • The Story of New Lanark
  • The Victorians
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • A Settlement Study
  • Citizenship & Enterprise: Robert Owen & his Model Community
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Self-led visits

 

Secondary School

  • The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen
  • History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Geography (Aspects of Physical & Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation & Renewable Energy)
  • Textiles
  • Self-led visits

New educational tours available soon will be:
Water Power and Renewable Energy
New Lanark in the 20th Century
New Lanark’s First World War
From Slave Trade to Fairtrade

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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14/10/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

On Saturday 31st October, New Lanark will be hosting a full day of Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy.

During the day children will be able to enjoy Halloween themed crafts & games within the “old gift shop”, which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. There will also be a Storyteller with plenty of Halloween tales, and a photo competition for the best costume! Entrance is £3 per child, or £1.50 with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket with the main activities running from 12-5pm.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Officer said “We run craft workshops for kids throughout the year, so we’re really excited to be planning some crafts especially for Halloween. Kids will be able to make and take home their own pumpkin, skull & ghost masks as well as taking part in fun games like Broomstick races and ‘pin the hat on the witch’”


Once the sun has set, New Lanark will be hosting a series of Spooky Tours of the village to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The ghost of one of New Lanark’s Millworkers, Mary, will be coming back especially for Halloween to lead the tours around the village visiting the School for Children, textile machinery floor and Robert Owen’s House. Mary will tell stories of people she used to know at New Lanark, local superstitions and some of the history of the village. Photo 3
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events Officer said “New Lanark was formed over 200 years ago and thousands of people have worked and lived here over the years, so who knows who you may meet on one of the Spooky Tours!”

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The tours will be leaving at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, and 7.15pm and will last around 45 minutes. There are limited places available so booking is essential for the tours at a cost of £5 per person. To book a place visit www.newlanark.org or call 01555 661345. (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Further information on New Lanark’s Halloween events can be found on our website.

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19/08/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Search Room , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark welcomes visitors for ‘Doors Open’ Weekend 2015

New Lanark welcomes visitors for ‘Doors Open’ Weekend 2015

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.

The Counting House

The Counting House

Double Row - Museum Stair

Double Row – Museum Stair

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!

School for Children

Robert Owen’s School for Children

The Search Room

The Search Room

War Memorial garden

War Memorial Garden

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

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16/06/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , , , ,

Ted’s June at New Lanark

Ted’s June at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying June so far – I’ve had a really busy month already celebrating Lanark Lanimers. You’ve probably heard of it already, but if not you just need to know that it’s a traditional week of celebrations in the town of Lanark which all cumulates on Lanimer Day when the Lanimer Queen is crowned and there’s a big procession down the High Street with local schools & groups dressed up in brilliant costumes.

To look my best for the week, I decided to dress up as a Lanimer Lord Cornet complete with Harris Tweed jacket, hat, sash & flag (all that’s missing is a horse!). My fantastic Harris Tweed jacket was made by Irene Murray from I heart bags. Irene makes lots of wonderful products, like bags and tablet cases using lovely bright colours of Harris Tweed. She can be emailed on [email protected] if you’d like to find out more about her products. My jodhpurs and riding boots were knitted by Janice and Lesli from the New Lanark Visitor Centre using New Lanark wool, they certainly did keep my paws warm!

Ted's Lanimers outfit

Posing with the traditional Lanimer birch trees

 

I showcased my new outfit at the Ride Out at New Lanark on the Tuesday night of Lanimer Week where I even got to meet the Lanimer Queen Jenna and Gordon the Lord Cornet!

Lanimer Ride Out at New Lanark

Jenna the Lanimer Queen, Gordon the Lord Cornet and myself!

Lanimer Ride Out at New Lanark

Spot the difference?!

On Thursday the sun was shining for the people of Lanark to enjoy Lanimer Day. It was my first time watching the procession and I can’t wait until next year!

Lanimer Day

Prime viewing spot for the crowning of the Lanimer Queen!

 

After the excitement of Lanimer Week I visited the new exhibition in the New Lanark River Room. Run by Spectrum Art Group, there are some wonderful paintings from the art group’s members. The exhibition is free to view, and it’s running until Saturday 4th July.

Spectrum exhibition

Spectrum exhibition

 

It won’t be long now until the local schools finish up for the Summer holidays! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids then why not check out New Lanark’s programme of Summer Craft Workshops? Ruth from the New Lanark Learning Team gave me a sneak peek at some of the brilliant crafts the kids will be making – like this mythical dragon costume and paper lantern hot air balloon! Find out more & book a place today. 

Summer crafts - mythical creatures costumes

Summer Craft workshops – mythical creature costume!

Summer Crafts - hot air balloon

Summer Craft workshops – paper lantern hot air balloon!

 

On Monday 15th June the refurbished Village Store opened again! It’s looking great and is the perfect place to pick up traditional sweeties, toys, New Lanark food & gifts, guide books and postcards.

Ted at the Village Store

The new bike was a bit big for me so I just had a go in the basket!

Ted at the Village Store

Us bears do love sweet treats!

Ted at the Village Store

Lots of fun New Lanark souvenirs to pick up!

 

Later on this month…

On Friday 19th June Malcolm Muir is giving a talk at New Lanark on the fascinating restoration project of Hamilton High Parks’ Ancient Treescape. Tickets are just £4 and can be bought by emailing [email protected], calling 01555 661345, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk starts at 7.30pm in Robert Owen’s School for Children. (past the waterwheel)

I can’t wait for Live at New Lanark on Saturday 27th June! It’s going to be a day of live music for the whole family to enjoy, hosted in the beautiful Robert Owen’s Garden. You can bring a picnic or pick up a snack from some food & drink stalls. Tickets are just £6 for adults (or 2 for £10), Under 16s are £4 and Under 3s are free! Find out more and buy tickets. I’ll see you then – I’ll be hanging with the bands backstage! 🙂

 

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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