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Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.

 

Upcoming events

Work of the Volunteers at the Museum

An illustrated talk by Museum Officer Sarah Binks - Lambert on the important work of the museum volunteers. Bring your donations and enjoy a social evening as part of the Friends of the Museum Annual Gift Day. Free - donations welcome.

Basket Making Demonstration

Join crafts specialist Lorna Singleman for a demonstration in oak swill and hazel basket making.  Oak swill basketry is an endangered craft unique to South Cumbria. It is a methods that involves splitting wood to weave to create an extremely strong basket. Included in museum admission.  

Drystone Walling Demonstration

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape, from the foundations to the top stones. In 4 short drop in sessions they talk through the process of turning a pile of stones into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.
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Exhibitions

Shepherdess – One Woman Farm

22 May to 08 September

A tough and tender portrait of a ‘true-to-life’, born and bred shepherdess, Alison O’Neill . In a special corner of the Yorkshire Dales, there is deep gratitude and spiritual fulfilment to be found in the essential work of a Shepherdess. Documented in heartfelt photographs and personal words, this exhibition portrays the growing intimacy between a woman, her flock and her love affair with life on a small hill farm, and the intractable realities of this traditional existence.

Photographer Ian Lawson produced a book Shepherdess – One Woman Farm here

 

 


Dairy Days

12 September to 31 December

Dairying has been at the heart of the Wensleydale economy since records began and still thrives today.This exhibition is the culmination of a two year project to research and share the story of this unbroken thread. The local community has shared personal stories and collections helping to bring the wonderful historic dairying artefacts and archive photographs in the Museum collection to life. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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