Voices from the Land

01 February to 26 March (except 8 March)

This exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and writing shares the lives and practices of Dales farmers today. What does it take to work this harsh land? What has changed in the last 50 years and how does the future look? The work has been collected over ten months on farms and at shows and sales by Rob and Harriet Fraser and a team of volunteers. It will be displayed alongside items from the Museum’s collection.


Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales: A Celebration

01 April to 03 July (except 20-22 April)

Celebrating 50 years since the original publication of this important work that captured the last days of a disappearing way of life. We share the background to the book by iconic Dales authors Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby – who with their foresight and passion for collecting, founded the Museum in 1979. Original notes, photographs, sketches and artefacts give a glimpse into the everyday lives of Dales people.

Twenty Years of the Calendar Girls

06 July to 30 September

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the tragic death of Angela Baker’s husband John, an Assistant National Park Officer for the National Park Authority. During his illness, Angela’s friends began to raise money by creating an alternative WI calendar. Follow their story.

Fabric of Place

04 October to 26 November

This is the culmination of a two year, community based, artist-in-residence project focusing on the distinctiveness of Reeth and the surrounding area of Swaledale. Four artists worked within the theme of ‘Outside In’ – both independently and with community groups – to explore different aspects of the area, its communities, and their relationship with where they live.

Click here for more information about the project