We organised a heritage learning trip for our volunteers to visit New Lanark Visitor Centre in early March, where we explored fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This trip has been supported by WSREC for us to learn more about heritage site and history of Scotland, thank you for giving us this amazing experience. We were lucky to make this trip before the lockdown started.
Ricefield volunteer Amy has written a blog to share her experience:
Today is Sunday 15th March, the day of our adventure trip to the New Lanark!
It was a good trip to get some relief and enjoy some fresh air , why not! We love nature ! It was a typical wet morning in Glasgow. Of course we’ve made sure that we have done the precautions, and our volunteer coordinator Yujing even brought the hand sanitizer in her backpack! Our minibus departed at approximately 9:30am, we arrived at the New Lanark in about an hour. The New Lanark Mills heritage site, previously owned by Robert Owen, covers a fairly massive woodlands area, and this is where thousands of people used to live during the 19th century, .
Apparently we were ‘early birds’! When we arrived, he heritage site was not opened yet, so we decided to go for a hike in the woodland first, and to explore the falls of clyde. Walking amoung the scenic natural reserves, the sun came out from time to time, shimmering in the river, everyone seemed so happy.
A PICTURE OF BADGER 獾 Looks like there are badgers hiding somewhere!!
‘What is that sound? Oh, look! Immediately we saw this beautiful , giant waterfall in front of us, embracing by trees, just like a live romantic Scottish painting! We took a lot of photos and our volunteer Hao Yan performed a nice tune on the flute in front of the waterfall for us.
Then, we kept walking, talking, and just relaxing ,immersed with the nature. We smelled the forest, discovered some unknown flowers, fully enjoyed the beauty of nature. Afterwards, we went back to the site. It was open now. Our first stop was the Annie McLeod experience ride, where we sat in motorised ‘pods’ which led us around the ride. We travelled back in time into a world of the people who lived in this village 100 years ago, in which we were guided by a virtual girl Annie who told us the story of their interesting old way of living , the people and everything. It was so magical and fascinating to learn about the history in this way. We all loved it!
A quirky doorway catched my eye.
Next, we visited to this mill’s owner, Mr Robert Owen’s old house. It was a big and fancy house that indicated the status and the richness of the owner at that time. There were a lot to explore. We got to see some rare pictures of the Owen family and more history about New Lanark.
We also had the chance to visit the shops and school of the Mill. Children used to have lessons and making friends in this place, that was the idea of Mr. Owen that everyone should have the opportunity to be educated and he also believed that the notion of building up a community where people can happily live, work, go to school and more. And he did, marvelously, through these ancient buildings and stories I can imagine their lives in the past, their happy community lives.
After that, we visited the old factory where there are displays of different tools and machines that joined in the process of producing the wool we see today. Good to see this interesting making process! We also went to the roof top garden where the whole New Lanark was overlooking by us. However ,it was super cold up there, we made our wishes in the wish pool and we quickly left!
Lastly, we came to an eco-friendly children’s playground, and spent some time hanging out. We were as happy as a child! After about 4 hours’ visit at the New Lanark, we were back in our minibus and headed home. It was an amazing trip for everyone, and we got to know each other better through this trip. It would be a memory that we could always look back with a smile .
Thanks to everyone!! Wish we will go on our next trip soon !
New Lanark, we’ll definitely be back again!