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October 23 2017

New Lanark sets shining example with sound and light show
The New Lanark World Heritage Site has been brought to life in spectacular fashion courtesy of a weekend sound and light show created by NOVAK Projection Mapping.

Shining Lives saw gables and grounds brought to life as the backdrop for the display of historic images and video footage together with a custom soundtrack to showcase the life of the mills to a modern audience.

The narrative-driven spectacle charts the lives of mill workers and their families to paint a wider social and industrial history of the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Annique Armstrong, Visit Scotland regional director said: “The historic environment forges connections between people and places, so it’s fitting that during Scotland’s current celebratory themed year, we shone a spotlight on New Lanark’s outstanding universal value. The activity brought the region’s historic past to life in the context of a modern, collaborative and innovative Scotland for both visitors and locals who got the chance to experience this memorable event.”

The display served as a denouement to Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Blank walls were turned into an illuminating canvas
Blank walls were turned into an illuminating canvas
The nocturnal show depicts development of the areas industrial, musical and social history
The nocturnal show depicts development of the areas industrial, musical and social history

2 Comments

Thomas Hobbes
#1 Posted by Thomas Hobbes on 24 Oct 2017 at 13:32 PM
Vacuous pretty.

The trouble is squaring this with the 'nasty, brutish and short' lives lived within. The selling of New Lanark (purely on the back of the American slave/cotton trade) as some model of social advancement i have always found as risible.

Surely time for a serious historical re-evaluation of the 'utopian' history of this place and its significance in terms of 'globalisation'.

Its the Disney glossing of History that is objectionable (New Lanark and the Yorvik centre are in the same boat).
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 25 Oct 2017 at 09:23 AM
Thomas - an interesting counter argument to what is very much an under explored paradox. Better conditions for Scottish workers on the backs of slavery, misery and death.

I remember sitting through countless lectures as a student as the 'merchants' of Glasgow were exhaulted for their philanthropy and largesse in building the merchant city and the second city of empire - all built on theft and slavery. Surely it is about time that Glasgow came to terms with the source of Buchanan's, Glassford's, Ingram's, et al's fortunes?

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