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Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales

A special anniversary edition

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales by Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby, the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society has published a special new edition of this groundbreaking book.

The book was a great success, Hartley and Ingilby's masterpiece, their best-known and best-loved work, written in an accessible style which connected directly with their readers. ‘I am not very old’, wrote one, ‘but how strange it is to find that things, & the names for them, that were in daily use when I was a child are not now used, & many though not antiques are collector’s pieces.’ 

Arthur Raistrick, eminent Yorkshire geologist, industrial archaeologist and writer, told the authors 'you have preserved something of untold value.' It is this quality, Hartley and Ingilby’s pioneering approach to local history, and the significance of what they captured, which have prompted the re-publication of Life and Tradition fifty years on, after being out of print for many years.

  •     ON SALE NOW -

  •          In person from the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes,  Wensleydale 
  •          Or from a Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre, and good bookshops. 






Walks, talks, demonstrations and workshops

A programme of 50 events will run throughout 2018, focusing on the themes of traditional life and work in the Dales explored in Hartley and Ingilby's book.   These will include opportunities to see or try your hand at activities ranging from traditional wall-building, scything, haymaking, dairying, or sheep washing, to knitting and making items such as rugs, shoes or besom brushes, not to mention a chance to taste traditional farmhouse food. 

The celebration has been organised by YAHS in partnership with the Dales Countryside Museum with financial support from the Sustainable Development Fund.  

The Museum and the Fund are both part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Society wishes to record its appreciation of the enthusiastic support given by them to this project.       

 To help you plan your visit, here is a downloadable Programme.  Also keep an eye on either the Calendar of events on this website or the DCM site.