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Who We Are

The Friends of New Lanark is a membership organisation and voluntary support group of people who are interested helping preserve and promote New Lanark and its surroundings as a World Heritage Site. It works closely with the New Lanark Trust, the independent Scottish charity which is responsible for the restoration and revitalisation of the historic mills and village and the development of its many attractions.

Current Chair of the Management Committee is Dr David McLaren. Members of the committee bring a wide range of expertise and skill to its work. Our AGM each June, at which all are welcome, reviews our annual activities and is accompanied by a lecture/presentation and social event.

What We Do

The Friends have supported or contributed to many developments in New Lanark and beyond. We were responsible for some of the bronze plaques (with quotations from Owen’s writings) in the Roof Garden, and for plaques at historic sites in Glasgow associated with New Lanark founder, David Dale, notably at the site of his home in Charlotte Street near Glasgow Green.We helped with the Induction Loop Systems for the Visitor Centre exhibitions, sponsorship of the New Lanark Heritage Trail booklet, support for various publications, book launches and conferences, and the recently established search room/archive. Friends have also contributed to the volunteer programme on Open Days and at other events, organising, cataloguing and digitising material for the search room.

A major event in the Friend’s calendar is the annual Robert Owen Commemorative Lecture held each May around the anniversary of Owen’s birth. The event is supported by the Friends with the help of the Open University and the New Lanark Trust. We have had many distinguished speakers on subjects as diverse as Owen and working class history, modern day co-operation and enterprise, sport and culture, eco-villages, and happiness. In celebrating Owen and his ideas we look forward as well as back.

Benefits of Membership

  • Quarterly Friends of New Lanark Newsletter
  • 10% off the New Lanark Mill Shop (excluding Brooks & Bonmarché)
  • 10% off accommodation at the New Lanark Mill Hotel (subject to availability)
  • Taking part in project work and fund-raising events to help the village
  • Supporting the work of New Lanark Trust

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The Friends of New Lanark support the work of the New Lanark Trust in many ways. Volunteers provide time and expertise. In the case of the Search Room and archiving work, training is given and in the case of the history of New Lanark and its surrounding area, the special interest and knowledge of some members is used to good effect.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 21 May at 2 pm in the New Lanark Mill Hotel conference rooms. You don’t have to be a member to attend and hear some of the inside stories about the progress being made by the New Lanark Trust in restoring and managing the World Heritage Site and how the Friends support this. Do come along.

Meantime, we have some fascinating articles on anniversaries in 2017, Robert Owen’s Silent Monitor and, continuing our series on the Falls of Clyde, a feature on the Bonnington Pavilion.

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