Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby founded the Museum and its collection. The original Museum was housed in the former goods warehouse of Hawes station. Hartley and Ingilby aimed to capture life in the Yorkshire Dales before it disappeared.
In the Hartley and Ingilby gallery, you can explore the mining and knitting industries, the crafts once found in each Dales village and follow the farming story from field to farmhouse.
Follow the history of lead mining and quarrying in the dales. Discover the mystery of Buckden Bill. See more about the lives of miners.
See our fascinating collection of knitting sticks. The hand knitting industry was significant in the Yorkshire dales. Also on display are a collection of rag rugs and quilts made in the dales.
Learn about the history of farming in the dales. See the back cans that farmers would use to carry milk from the field to the farmhouse.
Dales Kitchen Display
See a Dales Kitchen. This dales kitchen represents an early 19th century traditional kitchen found in the dales. Discover the process of dairying and see the butter markers on display.
Discover the different crafts that were found in each Dales Village. In each village, skilled craftspeople produced essential items. Families often specialised in a craft for several generations. Trades included blacksmiths, tinsmiths, joiners, shoemakers and cobblers, clockmakers and more. You can see the different tools and crafts on display.