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Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.

 

Upcoming events

A History of Askrigg Part 2: 1880 to 1950

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum followed by a talk by Dr. Christine Hallas on the history of Askrigg.  Free - donations welcome.

Exploring Local and Village History

Led by the Staff from North Yorkshire County Record Office (NYCRO), this interactive workshop will explore documentary sources to study of local and village history. Learn how to use and interpret local records including maps, estate records and title deeds. Part of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration. This workshop is included in the price of a museum ticket. Maximum 20 Places. Booking Essential. Participants will need to bring their own lunch. The firebox cafe is on the same site as the museum.

From Tin to Treasure

Join crafts specialist Michelle Pilkington to learn the basics of experimenting and repurposing metal. Using recycled metals, you will be able to rework them to create stunning decorative objects such as book covers and decorative hangings. Learn how to use metal working tools and how to work safely with metal. Materials and Lunch included. 8 places available. Part of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration. Book Online HERE  
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Exhibitions

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


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