I am fascinated with places that reflect a strong history. New Lanark is a small 18th-century village and became famous as the site of Robert Owen's pioneering social reforms. I was walking beside amazing cotton mill buildings and thought about how people lived and worked in Owen's time.
Owen reduced working time from 17 hours to 10 and children under the age of 10 were not allowed to work in the mill.
"What ideas individuals may attach to the term "Millennium" I know not; but I know that society may be formed so as to exist without crime, without poverty, with health greatly improved, with little, if any misery, and with intelligence and happiness increased a hundredfold; and no obstacle whatsoever intervenes at this moment except ignorance to prevent such a state of society from becoming universal.”
Extract from Robert Owen’s "Address to the Inhabitants of New Lanark"
New Year’s Day, 1816
Nikolina: skirt H&M, cardigan Promod, shoes TOPSHOP
Photos: Erik Simonič