The Ink Inspiration project centred on woodblocks held in the collection that were part of a bequest from Marie Hartley. Upon her death, Marie left an extensive collection of her personal belongings including diaries, sketchbooks and 127 woodblocks. Many of the blocks were created to illustrate the books that she co-wrote with Ella Pontefract in the 1930s and 1940s: Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale.Continue reading “Ink Inspiration Project 2019 -2020”
A new book has been published titled There was None of this Lazy Dancing! : Folk Tunes and Dances from the Yorkshire Dales.
Written by Bob Ellis the book celebrates the musicians who led Dales folk dancing right through the night in the early 1900s. It is full of fascinating detail and is the most complete record to date of Dales musicians and their music. It features transcriptions of more than 200 tunes collected from the Yorkshire Dales, together with biographies of the musicians who played them, notations of dances, and contextual essays about traditional village dances in the Yorkshire Dales.Continue reading “Celebration of Musicians in the Yorkshire Dales – New Book for 2020”
This University of Leeds led project is bringing our dialect heritage out of the archives and into the community.
Supported by a National Lottery Heritage Grant awarded to the University in 2019, the project will enable the sharing of material from Leeds University Library Special Collections and the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture.Continue reading “Dialect and Heritage Project 2020”
In 2017 we started one of our most significant projects in recent years, A Rich Seam: Lead Mining and Textile Heritage in the Yorkshire Dales which involved us re-housing and exhibiting one of the country’s most fascinating lead mining collections..Continue reading “A Rich Seam: Lead Mining and Textile Heritage in the Yorkshire Dales 2017- 2019”
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.Continue reading “Celebration of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – 2018”
The “Voices from the Land – Farmers of the Yorkshire Dales” project consisted of collecting photographic, written and oral history material about farming practices and landscape features in the Yorkshire Dales as it is today and compares these to information gathered over the last century.Continue reading “Voices from the Land – 2017”
David Murphy’s installation `Spear` was commissioned by the Dales Countryside Museum as part of a wider project initiated by Arts & Heritage entitled ‘meeting point’, supporting contemporary art installations in non-traditional art spaces.Continue reading “Spear – 2016”
In 2016, students from the University of Leeds have been working in collaboration with the Dales Countryside Museum. The aim of the project was to reconnect scholarly resources, including the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture held in the Special Collections at the University, with the communities on which they provide information. Hawes is one such place.
Their chosen topic was one very dear to many people in the local area: Oatcake. Continue reading “University of Leeds Oatcake Project – 2016”