Celebration of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – 2018

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.

Joan Ingilby (seated) with Marie Hartley in their work room.

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.


The museum celebrated the 50th aniversary with an exhbition. On display were photographs and objects from the DCM collection, as well as items from the Marie Hartley archive brought from Leeds University Special Collections.