New Lanark was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2001 as a result of its Outstanding Universal Value: an exceptional example of a purpose-built 18th century mill village which became famous due to the enlightened management and social reforms of Robert Owen. Following the closure of the Mills in 1968, the site has undergone nearly five decades of ongoing restoration and conservation. The most recent restoration phase of this work- the Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme programme- is due to end in 2021, bringing the physical restoration of the site full circle.
New Lanark Trust is the Registered Scottish Charity responsible for the management of New Lanark World Heritage Site.
The Trusts values are authentic, responsible, industrious and ambitious. We:
· Conserve New Lanark’s heritage, site and environs
· Contribute socially and economically to the area
· Evolve to stay relevant to our people and the world
Important milestones in the World Heritage Site’s history:
· The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, the site’s most famous advocate;
· The 20th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription,
· The completion of the restoration of the former millworkers’ housing in the village.
These anniversaries present the perfect opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the New Lanark in the contemporary world, and to look at the ways we can shape this legacy for the future of our World Heritage Site.