Dairy Days Exhibition

12 September 2019 to 23 February 2020

(excluding Christmas and mid week days in January)

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. Weekends only 10am to 4pm in January. 10am to 5pm, February to October.

Teeswater Year – Farm • Fleece • Fashion

28 February to 22 April 2020

This exhibition features the work of Nidderdale based photographer Melissa Peakman and feltmaker Yvonne Le Mare. Melissa documented Teeswater Sheep and their breeders over 12 months, in fields, barns and show rings. Her often gritty images contrast with Yvonne’s beautifully crafted, colourful feltwork, which transforms humble fleece and locks into sophisticated stylish textiles. The Teeswater fleeces used by Yvonne are from Andrew Fisher, of Low Laithe.

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Reflections on Landscape

29 April to 06 July 2020

This is the second joint show of artists Beverley and Peter Hicks who each address the environment in different ways. Beverley reflects the stunning landscape of Malhamdale through her characteristic use of hieroglyphic mark making. Peter continues to discover its visual secrets, paring away specific things to work with the basic forces of his subject, its moods, light, rhythms and atmosphere.

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View from the fells – In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley

10 July to 09 November 2020

Artist Hester Cox printed 127 wood engraving blocks created by and bequeathed to the museum by historian, artist and Museum founder, Marie Hartley. She then spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting the places written about in three of Marie’s books; Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale. Hester has created new work; collagraphs, monotypes and linocut prints, inspired by Marie and the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Passing Through

13 November to 24 January 2021

(excluding Christmas and mid week days in January)

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. Keep on reading