Since the earliest times, people have needed a spiritual element in their lives. Over thousands of years, people have used their creativity to make distinctive and beautiful objects that satisfy far more than their basic needs. See our Bronze Age spearhead found at Lake Semerwater and the stunning Viking ring found near Sedbergh.
Since the 18th century, artists and poets have found their own sources of spiritual enlightenment. Today for millions of people every year the Yorkshire Dales National Park provides an escape from the cares of daily life, a chance to recharge the batteries, a chance to find inspiration or simply peace and quiet. Marie Hartley, one of the museum founders, took inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales to create woodblock prints.