Swaledale Museum


All lectures will be held in the Swaledale Museum in Reeth DL11 6TX at 7.30 pm (unless indicated below). 
As space is limited to 40 and we anticipate great interest we recommend booking in advance 
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or calling 01748 884118 or 07969 823232

Friends of the Museum £4.00. Visitors £5.00. All welcome

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Wednesday 20th June
Dr Christine Hallas, ‘The Garths of Crackpot, A Swaledale Yeoman Family’

This lecture is based on 5 Day Books of the Swaledale Garths who lived at Crackpot farm and later at their newly built house, Haverdale House. The first Book was started in 1795 though there is a reference to possible earlier Day Books. The last insert/record was in about 1914 but the final story of these Garths ended in 1970. The books are a gold mine drawing a picture of those years in regard to Farming, Mining, Land Agency and Social, Education & Parish Duties and sometimes family information. Many other documents and sources have also been used to fill out this amazing family. It is the story of a Swaledale farming family that grew in status between late 18th century & early 20th century.

The Lecturer: Christine Hallas. From the 1970s Christine Hallas has been researching all aspects of life in Wensleydale and Swaledale from the 18th to the early 20th C, initially for her PhD. She has continued her work publishing books & articles on such subjects, for example, poverty, transport, work, farming, and migration. She worked at Trinity & All Saints College, a part of Leeds University where she was Head of the History Dept. &, finally, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She has lived in Wensleydale for over 45 yrs.

SATURDAY 30th June
Richard Lamb - A Tour of the Grinton Mill Site 10.00 am & 14.00 pm [limited numbers]

These guided tours led by Richard Lamb will take place on Saturday, June 30th. and are strictly limited to 25 persons per party. There will be two parties at 10.00 and 14.00 respectively, meeting where the track from the mill joins the minor road between Leyburn and Grinton at SE 049 969, and it is anticipated that each tour will last at least two hours. Parking should be as neat as possible and if necessary using the verge up the hill without causing a potential hazard on this narrow road. The tour will encompass the mill and its environs with the lime kiln and quarries on Sharrow Hill, the flue, mining remains including Devis Hole and Swinston Hush, the water supply, the peat house and associated buildings which have not survived, and the development of, and structures remaining within, the mill itself.

In view of the atrocious weather for last year's visit to Marrick, please bring adequate clothing, especially waterproofs, and footwear since the terrain is open moorland.

Booking via the Swaledale Museum in Reeth is essential and the cost per person is £9, all funds contributing towards the Museum's income. The fee includes a CD of the recent paper "A Smelting Miscellany No. 3" by R. Lamb which has been made available by kind permission of the Peak District Mines Historical Society. This paper describes in detail the likely arrangement of Grinton Mill prior to its redevelopment in 1820. and the survivals of part of a slag hearth and the wooden framework for a large bellows, subjects briefly covered in the leader's lecture at the Museum last year. Grinton is the only uninhabited lead smelting mill still with its roof on, and has been consolidated by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Wednesday 11th July  (Repeated from 9th May)

Dr Helen Bainbridge, ‘A Little Country in Itself - Hartley and Ingilby's Swaledale’

This lecture is part of the celebrations connected with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby’s Life and Tradition in the Dales (1968). It is based on an unpublished history of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale after the lead mines closed, donated to the Museum Archive. The social and economic history of the Dales revealed in this research will be compared with the material presented in Life and Tradition to capture a fuller picture of this overlooked but crucially important period in our local history.

The Lecturer: Helen has been the curator of the Swaledale Museum, founded in 1974, since 2004. She is a social and economic historian and is currently an Honorary Fellow in the History Department at Warwick University.

Wednesday 18th July
David Johnson, ‘Lime kilns in Swaledale & Arkengarthdale: the where, the when and the what for?’

Lime burning in the Dales has a proven history stretching back over 800 years, and the northern dales have remains of nearly 250 kilns of various types and periods. This illustrated talk considers where and over what length of time lime kilns were built, who built them, and the uses lime was put to.

The Lecturer: David Johnson has been researching the history and archaeology of lime burning for over 20 years, and has written and lectured widely on many aspects of the industry. His PhD used a combination of historical geography, landscape archaeology and agricultural history to investigate how farm land in the Central Pennines was improved through the centuries.

Roger Preston’s dramatic photographs of our local limekilns will be on display in the Museum, and are the inspiration for inviting David to give this talk.

Wednesday 1st August
Dr Jane Grenville ‘Surveying the Architecture of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale for the Revised Pevsner’

Jane is currently revising the Yorkshire: North Riding volume in the Pevsner Architectural Guides series (Yale University Press). We have invited her to talk about the buildings in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale and how they will be represented in the new guide. This talk will be an opportunity to catch-up with exciting new research relating to our local architecture.

The Lecturer: Dr Jane Grenville FSA MIFA IHBC is an Honorary Research Fellow and former member of staff in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She specialises in the archaeology of buildings, heritage policy and the conservation of historic structures.

Saturday 4th August
Lichen Drop-In with Les and Sue Knight.

Your opportunity to learn more about our local lichens and handle samples. Free with entry to the Museum

Wednesday 8th August
Ann Henderson ‘Selina Cooper and Keld’

As 2018 marks the century of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, the law that gave the first women the right to vote in the UK it is appropriate for us to focus on Selina Cooper (1864 − 1946). She was an English suffragist and the first woman Independent Labour Party candidate for the local Poor law Board of Guardians in 1901. She was instrumental in opening a ‘holiday retreat’ in Keld which opened in 1899 as a ‘Spartan centre at 18s per week’. This talk will contribute to our knowledge of this undertaking and of Selina's connection with Swaledale in the context of her wider work.

The Lecturer: Ann Henderson has been an active campaigner for gender and social justice in the labour movement, in local, national and international women’s groups, for over thirty years. Ann was employed as a researcher and parliamentary assistant in the Scottish Parliament, and by the Scottish Trades Union Congress. Her mother Jean Wagstaff was born in Swaledale, and engendered Ann with a love of the place, and fascination with its history.


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