Yorkshire Dales Life and Tradition: a Celebration

Marking the 50th anniversary in 2018 of Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby’s classic work, Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales, a new edition of the book is to be published, along with matching events and activities across the dales.

The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, in partnership with Dales Countryside Museum and supported by Friends of DCM and by the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is launching a programme of workshops, demonstrations, walks, talks and exhibition, all of them linking directly into themes explored by Hartley and Ingilby. These range from scything to sheep-dipping, cheese-making to cobbling, along with limestone quarrying, Dales family history, local architecture, and much more.

The anniversary edition of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales is published by YAHS with a modernised layout and a foreword by Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess. When it first appeared, the book was described as Hartley and Ingilby’s masterpiece. A new introduction explores just how pioneering was their approach: they walked the landscape, collected artefacts (an assemblage which formed the basis of the DCM collection), interviewed elderly people and documented dialect, and produced detailed record of practices in craft and agriculture. Hartley photographed, painted and drew scenes, architecture and working techniques. It was recognised at the time that Hartley and Ingilby were capturing evidence of disappearing knowledge and skills, but just how urgent and timely their investigations had been, could be fully understood only later.

The celebration will launch around Easter and run through to late autumn. Full details of events, and information on how to book, and how to buy the book (it’s only £12), will follow.