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

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Wednesday 18th July
LECTURE CANCELLED - rescheduled for 2019

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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