History of Art in the Clyde Valley

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This looks like a fabulous opportunity at the New Lanark World Heritage Site and it’s FREE!!

March 8th at 7:30 p.m.

It is funded by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and this is the info copied from their Facebook page.


Join New Lanark World Heritage Site and explore the history and legacy of art and architecture in and around New Lanark. This is a free event. To book e-mail jane.masters@newlanark.org or telephone 01555 661345

From works by Alexander Nasmyth, ‘the father of Scottish landscape painting’, to contemporary artists, and from designed landscapes to public parks, Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager, will explore how the Clyde Valley, and in particular, the Falls of Clyde, has acted as a source of inspiration for artists and designers for centuries.

The event is being supported by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. It kicks off a new weekend Landscape Painting Course. Check outhttp://www.newlanark.org/events to find out more. The event image is a painting by local artist Veronical Lidell who will be leading the course.


Veronica Liddell
Veronica Liddell


Here are some other options from Clyde and Avon Valley:

Course Only, Places Limited
Friday 7.30-8.30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Includes Friday evening lecture, landscape painting classes, New Lanark Tour and Search Room Introduction
All for the fantastic rate of only £50!

Residential Course, Places Limited
Friday – Sunday inclusive
Includes all of the above plus two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Friday and Saturday based on 2 people sharing) at the beautiful New Lanark Mill Hotel
All for the fantastic rate of £139!


Corra Linn Studio, New Lanark
Corra Linn Studio, New Lanark


New Lanark Wool Shop

The rattle and noise of a 392 spindle, 120 foot long, 19th century, spinning mule making 4 passes every minute can be heard on the main mill floor at New Lanark.  Within this famous tourist attraction, there is a specialist wool and yarn production unit showcasing how wool is refined and created.  Almost every stage of the yarn production (from blending to twisting) is open for the public to view.

New Lanark produces organically certified yarns with minimal impact on the environment.  The site was originally powered by water with a dozen water wheels and now they have one 24 foot water wheel on exhibition and the water from the River Clyde is used to generate hydro-electricity.  The hydro-electricity is used to power the mill, which has won two Gold Awards from the Green Tourism Business Scheme operated by Visit Scotland.

The yarns come in three ranges:  Donegal Silk Tweed (90% wool and 10% silk);  Heather Mixtures (100% wool, reflecting the colours of the Scottish countryside); Natural Blend (100%  pure wool and made from Merino and Zwarble undyed wool). Variations of the undyed wool are mixed together to create the different colors of the pure, unprocessed yarn.

If you’d like to buy some wool, you can buy it online or in person at the shop.

(these are double knitting – bramble, swinford).

(these are aran 100% pure wool – iris, sandstone).

(chunky 100% pure wool – heather; aran 100% pure wool – aviemore)

(chunky organic wool from Falkland Islands)

(a swatch of the different wool colors)

If you’re interested in getting some patterns, there are a few to choose from including this Celtic scarf:

In the shop at New Lanark, you can also buy blankets, scarves and pick up some learning resources about the site.  If you would like more information on Robert Owen and village life at New Lanark,  I have written a previous post last year.  (all the information and photos here have been taken from the website for the New Lanark Online Shop).


New Lanark

A while back, we lived close to New Lanark in Scotland and even went to visit there.  Little did I realize the significance or importance of this community until I started studying Scottish history. 

If you are ever in the area, I’d encourage you to visit it.  It is a well-preserved cotton-spinning town from the early 19th century.  The difference between this town and some other cities where  mills and factories existed in Scotland was that people lived differently there.

David Dale and Robert Owen created a village where there were decent homes, fair wages, free health care and an education system.  In comparison to cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh where it was overcrowded and dirty, this was a much better way to live and work. 

One big difference was how they treated children.  Whereas children were often mistreated by other mills, Dale would bring orphaned children from the poorhouses to New Lanark and although they earned no wages, they would get clothing and food and a decent education. 

Robert Owen believed that education plus good working conditions would produce good citizens.  Children would go to school until they were 10 years old, which was quite uncommon for the 1820’s.  He did not believe in children working in the mills and provided a varied curriculum for them including nature studies, history, geography, drawing, math and music.  This is a picture of the village school.

I got this information from the website for New Lanark.  http://www.newlanark.org/attractions.shtml.  If you are interested, there’s lots more to read there.