Celebration of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society (YAHS) have published a new 50th anniversary edition of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales by Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby, available to purchase in 2018.

The first edition of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales was published by J.M. Dent in 1968. Marie and Joan were determined to capture life in the Yorkshire Dales before it disappeared. After the First and Second World War, they saw that traditional ways of life in the Yorkshire Dales, which had continued for centuries, were rapidly changing.

Ahead of their time, they captured the many traditional skills and crafts that were once commonplace in the Yorkshire Dales. They recorded the diverse range dialect and folklore, which would have been long forgotten.

Their extensive research led to the creation of a wonderful collection and ultimately the foundation of the Dales Countryside Museum in 1978. Many of the objects described in the book are on display today in the museum.

Click HERE to see the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society (YAHS) Website.


We have been working with YAHS to produce an exciting events programme to celebrate the anniversary. This programme of events includes many varieties of traditional craft demonstrations as described in the Life and Traditions book. Crafts include knitting, quilting, blacksmithing and many more.


We will be hosting an exhibition, Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration from the 01 April to 03 July. In this exhibition, celebrating 50 years since its original publication; we will share the background to this seminal work by Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby. Original notes, photographs, sketches and artefacts give a glimpse into the everyday lives of Dales people.