New Lanark World Heritage Site, is delighted to be appearing on BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow on Sunday the 28 May 2017 at 7.30pm*. Presenter Fiona Bruce and the experts head to the banks of the Clyde to meet visitors bringing family heirlooms to the 18th-century cotton mill of New Lanark. As evidence that you should never throw anything out, treasures featured include a pearl necklace bought cheaply at a boot sale, a valuable clock found in a flea market, and a rare cuddly toy found abandoned in a skip. Plus there is a moment of disquiet when a guest reveals how a family painting is a reminder of an uncomfortable family secret that dates back to the days of Nazi Germany.

Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the show. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports the viewer back to the height of the cotton spinning industry. Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under 1 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.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who worked with the BBC to coordinate the filming, said “The visit from BBC Antiques Roadshow was fascinating – the visitors, the objects they brought, their stories and the location combined to make a fabulous experience uncovering some items and stories about the local area which we hadn’t know about before….”

Visitors to New Lanark World Heritage Site historic village can enjoy a tour round the fascinating Visitor Attraction whilst enjoying a full day out with family-friendly dining in the New Lanark Mill Café and delicious meals served in the Mill One Restaurant. The New Lanark Mill Shop sells clothing and yarn produced by the mill as well as a range of stunning gifts, homeware and Scottish produce. The beautiful scenery with walks in the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve will allow you to drift back in time and imagine the village as it once was as a cotton spinning mill village. If visiting from afar, visitors can enjoy an overnight stay at the New Lanark Mill Hotel or Wee Row Hostel.

BBC Antiques Roadshow is aired on BBC One at 7.30pm* on Sunday 28 May 2017.

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Location photography can be viewed here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yeygxhxim5dngtf/AAAvbDbnuD2BmXcfA8-4sneza?dl=0

Millworkers images can be viewed here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ot4ncve7h43q9w2/AADVAdb-irXTm6hFytgALBZOa?dl=0

Archive restoration images can be viewed here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h6wh2v5u1kkba66/AACZJPSd0pu-str5BBqjETI3a?dl=0

*Please note that dates & timings should be checked due to changes in scheduling