New Lanark in pictures: Step back in time and experience Scotland's lost industries and industrial towns

Historic hub, New Lanark, is offering visitors a chance to see Scotland's declining industries with new exhibition: “Snapshots of a Lost World: the Decline of Scottish Industry”.

New Lanark Mill

The exhibition, which starts on 14 September, displays the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) photography exhibition, ‘Industry and Aesthetics’, which explores emotional responses to photographs of abandoned industrial spaces as a jumping off point to explore reactions to New Lanark’s decline as a working mill, and living village. It will take visitors on a three part journey of its past, present and imagining its future. Firstly, visitors can soak up the ‘Industry and Aesthetics’ HES touring exhibition before absorbing the historic images from the New Lanark Archive, showing the abandoned industrial landscape of the 60s/70s/80s. This will be supplemented by contemporary pictures submitted by visitors as part of a summer photography competition which will serve to lead the narrative into the opportunities that these abandoned spaces present, and this is reflected in. And lastly, visitors will enjoy the projects from Architectural undergraduate students from Glasgow School of Art that imagine what direction the industry and work in New Lanark could go in the future.

The exhibition will show, amongst other things, historic images from the New Lanark Archive.

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The exhibition images were taken by (HES) as part of its ongoing mission to document Scotlands historic environment.
The exhibition will show the abandoned industrial landscape of the 60s/70s/80s.
The archive photography shows the rise and fall of the industry, including this picture of Mill 1 and 2 joining.
The images aim to capture the everyday, the exceptional, the marginalised, the ignored and the undervalued within our industrial heritage.
Multiple images have been taken as part of creating a record in order to help us remember and better understand our industrial heritage.
New Lanark villagers in the street - one of the pictures on display which show how Scotland was one of the worlds first industrialised nations.
The photographs in this exhibition serve to memorialise an industrial history that is rich, complex and emotive, and will also look to the future.
New Lanark Mill is a rejuvenated industrial icon which has been awarded World Heritage Status.