A Closer Look

A Closer Look is a photographic exhibition of Lanark's Closes by Kirsten Harris at The Tolbooth between the 26th October and 12th November!

A Closer Look

About A Closer Look

There's so much history on our doorstep.

Not long after lockdown eased I decided it would be fun to take my eighty something mother, who had been shielding, on a tour of Lanark.
She has only recently moved to the area.

Having once lived in York, I told her Lanark’s Closes are like York’s Shambles.
Lanark’s Closes go back to the Medieval era too, so it seemed a reasonable if slightly exaggerated comparison!

One sunny Sunday morning we had our first adventure for months.
It was an interesting walk. I took photos.
We had a lovely morning looking for history by walking up and down the Closes, first one side of Lanark High street, and then the other.
Some Closes, I learned afterwards, are adopted way-throughs by the Council, others not.
Other old alleys are now hidden behind locked doors.

Nowadays Lanark's Closes mainly lead to carparks. So much history erased.
But the evidence of activity and life through the centuries is still there if you take a closer look.

That evening I shared my photos on Facebook and was amazed by the response including The Tolbooth Lanark asking to exhibit the images.

'A Closer Look' is this walk. My mother features on the poster much to her amusement.

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