Shaping the Landscape Geology

interior of gallery with exhibition panels on display

The dramatic landscape of the Clyde and Avon Valley has been significantly influenced by its underlying geology. Ancient rocks provided coal and iron to fuel the industrial revolution. Impressive gorges and waterfalls were formed in the last ice age, and not only powered mills but also inspired art and literature. Visit the Shaping the Landscape exhibition at New Lanark World Heritage Site, and explore the geological story of this beautiful landscape, and see how the ancient coal swamps, vast ice sheets and powerful rivers have continued to shape lives here ever since.

The exhibition is free to local residents (ML8, ML9 or ML11 postcodes only), so please bring along some ID with your address (e.g. driver's licence) or a utility bill with your address. Visitors from further afield may view the exhibition as part of the New Lanark World Heritage Site upon purchasing of a regular Day Admission ticket, available here or on the day from the Visitor Centre Reception Desk.

The exhibition is based by a report carried out by British Geological SurveyScotland, and was created by Abound Design & Interpretation LTD and CMC Associates. It was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley - CAVLP, and SSE Sustainable Development Fund.