New Lanark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Scotland about 3 miles from the house I was brought up in. It is the site of cotton mills from the 1770s or thereabouts but, more importantly, was a successful experiment in social engineering. Robert Owen and David Dale created a community around their mills believing that good quality of life for the workers – heathcare, education and religion – was vital to the success of the business. It’s a fascinating place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
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