Dairy Days

12 September 2019 to 23 February 2020

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.

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Colour and Comfort

01 February to 08 May 2019

A collaborative exhibition with the Quilters Guild exploring rural quilts and quilting. An exhibition 19th and 20th century rural quilts and quilted clothing from the Yorkshire Dales, including examples of frame, mosaic, applique, wholecloth, patchwork, recycled and repaired quilts. See those made for richer households alongside those created and used in traditional Dales cottages.

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Spear – 2016

David Murphy’s installation `Spear` was commissioned by the Dales Countryside Museum as part of a wider project initiated by Arts & Heritage entitled ‘meeting point’, supporting contemporary art installations in non-traditional art spaces.

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University of Leeds Oatcake Project – 2016

In 2016, students from the University of Leeds have been working in collaboration with the Dales Countryside Museum. The aim of the project was to reconnect scholarly resources, including the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture held in the Special Collections at the University, with the communities on which they provide information. Hawes is one such place.

Their chosen topic was one very dear to many people in the local area: Oatcake. Continue reading “University of Leeds Oatcake Project – 2016”