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Speaker: Jane Masters (New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site)

This paper will explore the development of the planned village of New Lanark as a response to the Industrial Revolution, and its relationship with the Falls of Clyde Designed Landscape surrounding it. She will also explore how the landscape in and around New Lanark, as well as attitudes towards it, have changed. From the time of Robert Owen, the importance of the landscape to the health and wellbeing of its users has been well understood, and has come increasingly to the fore in light of COVID-19. Despite this, and the importance of the landscape to the authenticity and integrity of New Lanark, it is not without external pressures. Planning issues, increased visitor numbers and climate change are all affecting the New Lanark landscape, and Jane will discuss how the Trust must balance the preservation of this nationally important landscape with the economic development required by the area.
Jane Masters is an experienced heritage professional with a background in public and private museums and heritage organisations, including NTS, RCAHMS ad NMS. Her passion lies in interpreting Scotland’s built, natural and cultural heritage for all audiences, and fostering an understanding of the importance of our heritage to the way in which we live, learn and work today. Currently Head of Heritage and Development at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Jane is responsible for interpreting its Outstanding Universal Value, with a particular focus on the links between the village, the landscape, and the people who have lived and worked there.

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