Dales Life and Tradition 2018

Marking the 50th anniversary of Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby’s classic work, Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales, the Society is planning a year of Dales celebration in 2018.
The centrepiece is a new edition of the book, using some of Hartley’s own photographs from the YAHS collection. Paul White is preparing the text and images for publication, and the Society underwriting the printing costs. The volume, out of print for some time, is a fascinating account of domestic and social life, and of industries and working practices, which were dying out at the time Hartley and Ingilby recorded them. It has become an historical source in itself, and we hope will fascinate a new generation.

Kirsty McHugh, our former Collections Manager who returned to us as a very active volunteer, has planned a programme of events and activities, in partnership with the Dales Countryside Museum. The core elements are:

  • demonstrations of traditional skills and craft workshops e.g. dry-stone walling, making oatcakes, at the Dales Countryside Museum
  • An exhibition case exploring the researching and writing of Life and Tradition at the DCM. This will complement the HLF-funded Voices from the Land project exhibition which will run at the DCM from October 2017 to December 2018, and the newly redesigned Hartley and Ingilby gallery
  • Talks, walks and other activities exploring the landscape and buildings of the Dales.
We await the outcome of applications Kirsty has submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund and to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund. If successful, there will be funds to cover costs of delivering many of the activities.
Because of Kirsty’s imminent move to Edinburgh, we do need volunteers to help manage and co-ordinate the project. Please contact yas.president@gmail.com if you think you could help with this.