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30/04/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

As part of New Lanark’s programme of externally curated exhibitions, Seasonal Inspirations will be displayed in the Institute’s River Room from Friday 1st – Friday 29th May, 10am-5pm. (Closed 16th May) Entry to view the exhibition is free!

Eileen, Evelyn and Nancy have known each other since joining two local art groups over 16 years ago and this year they decided to get together for the ‘SEASONAL INSPIRATIONS’ exhibition. Their subjects and media are varied and in this exhibition the visitor can find art works depicting landscapes, flora, seascapes and abstracts. The three artists will be in The River Room at New Lanark World Heritage Site every Tuesday in May (1pm to 3pm) to meet anyone who wishes to discuss any of the paintings on display.

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Eileen – New Lanark Guest Blogger

You can view New Lanark’s full programme of events, exhibitions, talks and tours at www.newlanark.org 

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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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02/03/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

Since 2000 Music in Lanark has been bringing exceptional talent to the people of Clydesdale. From September through to March of the following year they present concerts showcasing a wide range of musical styles, from classical chamber music, opera and jazz to traditional Scottish. They also provide a regular platform for young musicians to perform at the beginning of each concert, thus enabling talent to flourish.

Music in Lanark have hosted many fantastic concerts in their base at The Institute in New Lanark,  and will even host a concert in the Mill Café later this year!

We invited Music in Lanark to write a guest blog on their confirmed concerts you can enjoy this year…

 

Music in Lanark – Eclectic is Us!

We have an eclectic programme put together for the coming season, embracing classical, vocal, jazz, traditional, Eastern Mediterranean and Hebridean traditions. Tickets for all concerts are available to purchase at: www.musicinlanark.co.uk

APOLLO 5 : Saturday 22 August, 7.45 in The Institute.
This British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 has been praised for its engaging and entertaining performances. With a repertoire ranging from retro jazz, pop and classical arrangements a cappella, they are adept performers on the concert platform, at festivals, private parties and corporate events.

POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO : Saturday 19 September, 7.45 in The Institute
In their first year Pomegranate quickly established a reputation for fine performances. Fenella Barton (violin), Rebecca Hewes (cello) and Robin Green (piano) have a broad core programme and have played in the major UK concert halls: a night of quality culture!

Pomegranate Trio

LORNA REID QUINTET : Saturday 17 October, 7.45 in The Institute
The last time Lorna and her quintet visited MiL there was standing room only! The hugely talented jazz diva (compared to Diana Krail, Caro Emerald and Bonnie Raitt) travels with as classy a band as you will find. She will present her “Lounge” programme of songs crossing jazz, blues and Americana.

Lorna Reid

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE : Friday 13 November, 7.45 in the Mill Café
“Telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised” [Richard Morrison, The Times]. Come and be mesmerised – not to be missed!

Kosmos Ensemble

ROSANNO SPORTIELLO : Saturday 12 December, 7.45 in The Institute
The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello comes for a pre-Christmas highlight as part of a UK tour. He graduated in classical piano aged only 16 and then transferred his allegiance to jazz. He can, as they say, do it all. His aim? “I want to see people smiling and having fun!”

Rossano Sportiello

TYDE : Saturday 16 January 2016, 7.45 in the Institute
A folk night to start the new year in relaxed vein. “Three brilliant players with a musical maturity way beyond their years. Their music goes straight to the heart of the audience, with an appeal second to none. Pure Joy.” [Tom McConville]; “The best young band I’ve heard in years” [Mike Harding – BBC Radio2]

CUILLIN SOUND : Saturday 5 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
Three of Britain’s leading woodwind players offer an inspiring evening of traditional Hebridean folk melodies played alongside a slide show of magnificent colour photographs and vintage Scottish films of life in Eriskay, Skye and St Kilda the early 20th century – stunning!

Cuillin Sound

FERIO SAXOPHONE QUARTET : Friday 18 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
A Tunnell Trust Award brings this exciting young chamber ensemble on tour to Scotland. Graduates of the RCM, they aim to widen the horizons of the saxophone quartet repertoire and have received enthusiastic reviews wherever they have performed.

Find out more about Music in Lanark. 

Music in Lanark – New Lanark guest blogger

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04/02/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

New Lanark Roof Garden February 2015

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

Winter arrived in earnest in mid-January and a coating of frozen snow still lingers over New Lanark Roof Garden.  Even the stalwart heather ‘Silver Knight’ and the grasses have been flattened by the blanket of white.  The snowdrops, normally in bloom by February, are hardly showing.  Yet the days are slowly lengthening towards Spring.   In the photograph, the Braxfield Row houses are caught by the gold light of the February sun.

Enjoy the Roof Garden as part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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24/10/11 New Lanark World Heritage Site # ,

Final Day in New Harmony

Our final day in New Harmony began the way all days should- with pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast! We then had an hour to have a walk in the glorious sunshine and visit Church Park. Thie park is situated on the site of two Harmonist Churches and is laid out in the shape of the old brick church, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquility of New Harmony.

We were then treated to a tour of the Working Men’s Institute by Library Director Stephen Cochran. The working Men’s Institute is Indiana’s oldest public library but far from being a regular public library, it also contains a large archive collection and a museum and art gallery! The archive contains manuscripts from the Harmonist and Owen Communal societies as well as an extensive rare book collection. The museum is a fascinating space with a variety of collections gathered by early members of the Institute including natural history and Harmonist artefacts. Most of the collections are in their original display cabinets and it is intriguing to see how museum displays looked before ‘interpretation’ came about! The crocodile that had been taxidermied to stand on it’s rear legs was a highlight!

Our afternoon was spent in the company of local residents George and Peggy Rapp who took us for a drive around New Harmony in their golf cart- the best way of getting around New Harmony! We drove down to the banks of the Wabash River and saw some of the beautiful woodlands that surround New Harmony. We also visited the marble labyrinth and the Roofless Church- a Phillip Johnson designed landmark and interdenominational church. The Roofless Church is currently having its old wooden shingles replaced and the pictures show the beautiful contrast between the old and the new. George and Peggy were also kind enough to give us a tour of their house in New Harmony- one of the traditional houses that has been beautifully extended and modernised internally- and introduce us to two other local residents- Larry and Patricia Gosh. Their premises on Main Street are home to the New Harmony Antique Doll Shoppe and tea room, run by Pat. As well as hundreds of dolls and costumes, Pat has a huge and beautifully kept collection of Petersons magazine (a historic ladies fashion magazine with patterns) annuals dating from around 1830. However the biggest surprise was the rear of the premises where Larry keeps his 4 mint condition classic cars!

After another busy day we met with all the staff from Historic New Harmony for a final meal. Our day ended with an extra special evening visit to the roof of the Atheneum to see the stars! Our sincerest thanks go to all of those who made our trip to New Harmony so special and we hope to be able to return one day! Jane & Aynsley

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