New Lanark World Heritage Site will appear on BBC Countryfile on Sunday the 21 May (BBC 1, 6.30pm). BBC Countryfile’s presenter Sean Fletcher and a film crew visited New Lanark World Heritage Site last month to learn more about the mill village.
The Lanarkshire countryside is loved and admired around the world. Behind the stunning scenery and breath-taking views, there is so much to remember as the programme explores New Lanark World Heritage Site, a former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785.
Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, it gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968.
New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity (SC008552) who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working site. Today it is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually to the site.
Jane Masters, New Lanark Trust’s Heritage Manager, who took part in the filming for the programme watched by 9.6million people, said: “We’ve always known that what we are trying to do at New Lanark World Heritage Site is important, not just for local people and visitors from around the world but also by educating people about the amazing working conditions and social welfare, introduced by Robert Owen, years before its time,” she said. “This visit from Countryfile demonstrates the site’s significance while also giving us a welcome opportunity to talk to a national audience about how they can help protect and learn more about this this unique village.”