Passing Through: An Exhibition of Poetry and Photography

Online exhibition

Barbara Murray and Paco Valera divide their time between the Yorkshire Dales and Spain and are inspired by the woodlands on their doorsteps. One wood is the mythically atmospheric ‘Shaw Gill Wood’ in Wensleydale, the other, privately owned ‘Can Coll Wood,’ near Barcelona. Their bold collection of prose-infused monochrome tree portraits is a powerful combination of poetry and photography. Their work encourages people to give time to the ‘passing through’ moments of reflection offered by woodlands. “Without trees, we cease to exist.”

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Story of Schools

30 January to 21 April 2020

The Story of Schools team have been working with Upper Dales schools and communities to create a giant photo mosaic that will celebrate our youth past and present. The mosaic, which will be made by digital artist Helen Marshall from The People’s Picture, will consist of 1,500+ images of youth and school-life that will come together in a spectacular fashion to create a whole new image. Local people of all ages have shared memories, family archives, and photographs for this project.

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New book celebrates musicians in the Yorkshire Dales

A new book has been published titled There was None of this Lazy Dancing! : Folk Tunes and Dances from the Yorkshire Dales.

Written by Bob Ellis the book celebrates the musicians who led Dales folk dancing right through the night in the early 1900s. It is full of fascinating detail and is the most complete record to date of Dales musicians and their music. It features transcriptions of more than 200 tunes collected from the Yorkshire Dales, together with biographies of the musicians who played them, notations of dances, and contextual essays about traditional village dances in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Easter Cakes

Fran, Centre Manager for the National Park Visitor Centre at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, shares a recipe for Easter Cakes. The recipe was given by Mary Bell for use in the Dales Countryside Cookbook, published by the Friends of the Museum in 1993.

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