Lead Mining and Textile Heritage in the Yorkshire Dales

We were pleased to support the Dales Countryside Museum in their HLF bid for the Rich Seam mining and textiles project. The application was successful, and the museum has now asked us to pass their news to YAHS members.

There’s a free talk by David Joy, related to his book Men of Lead, on Wednesday 20 September at 2pm at the Dales Countryside Museum.

More details of the project are here. It involves re-housing and exhibiting one of the country’s most fascinating lead mining collections.

A total of 860 objects, including mining wagons and tools, were given to the DCM by the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum in Earby when it closed in 2015. Now with a fantastic grant of £90,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund the artefacts can be re-examined and displayed, while the stories of miners and of the members of Earby Mine Research Group who assembled the objects over 50 years can be told.