Swaledale Museum

MUSEUM TALKS

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 
by e-mailing helen@swaledalemuseum.org  or calling 01748 884118 or 07969 823232

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

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Wednesday 10th June 7.30 pm

Friends of Museum AGM
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

All welcome.

Wednesday 17th June 7.30 pm

ANDREW BLACK: A Film Portrait of Swaledale
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

Meet the maker and see the film.
Eternity Knocker is a film-portrait of a remote Yorkshire valley, following the paths of Marie Hartley (1905-2006) and her partners Ella Pontefract (1896-1945) and Joan Ingilby (1911-2000), who were pioneering social historians.
New oral history recordings are collaged with Hartley's writing and drawings, to explore speech, memory, and nostalgia. These recordings hint at how social and economic change are affecting the area’s ongoing transformation from agriculture, towards a tourism and leisure economy.
The film pays equal attention to contemporary farming practice, as to the traces of the past left behind - each physically evidenced in the land itself.

A Film Portrait of Swaledale

Saturday 20 June

Lead Smelting, Chert Mining & Corn Milling in Arkengarthdale
with RICHARD LAMB
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.


Like last year’s guided tour of the lead smelting mills on Barney Beck, this year’s event will again be an all-day affair meeting at the CB Yard not far from the road junction to Barnard Castle. Please be ready at 10.00 on Saturday, June 20th., the summer solstice.

The walk has been divided into two for good reason. The morning’s effort consists of uphill walking on Mouldside to examine the remains of the chert industry including the loading bay, the railway and the areas of extraction, followed by the hushes and relics of lead mining. Stupendous views can be had from up here, and we will locate the fallen chimney at the end of the flue from the CB Mill. From then on, it’s downhill all the way, examining the construction of the flue and its branches, several watercourses, and of course the mill itself situated by the road side. There is still much to see and interpret.

At around 13.30 having had lunch, the tour becomes much easier and by kind permission of Mr Douglas Barningham we will investigate the field in which that great edifice, the Octagon Mill, once stood. Don’t be fooled by appearances, there is plenty to see here albeit as earthworks surveyed by Ed Dennison Archaeological Services Ltd. in 2012. A visit to the Powder House is the nearest we can get to the magnificence of the unique structure built for smelting lead. Finally, a short walk to investigate the water supply to the Corn Mill which we shall also have chance to examine.

There is thus the opportunity to join the party just before lunch to see the CB Mill if uphill walking doesn’t suit you. Please wear appropriate clothes and boots, leave lunch in the car. A handout in electronic format will be sent to you prior to the event providing some background information with detailed maps, etc.

Booking is essential through the Museum and the party size is limited to 25. Please state if you are coming all day or afternoon only. Remember, participation is at your own risk and we will be walking on some fairly rough terrain at times.

The cost per person is £12 for Friends of the Museum or £15 for visitors, payable in advance. You will be notified beforehand should there be an adverse weather forecast. Thank you all, Helen and I look forward to meeting you in Arkengarthdale.

Field Trip in Arkengarthdale

Wednesday 1 July 7.30 pm

DAVID JOHNSON: Lime Kilns in Swaledale & Arkengarthdale
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

the where, the when and the what for?

with book presentation of Time Please! ‘Lost’ Inns, Pubs and Alehouses of the Yorkshire Dales (2019)

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.

Lime Kilns of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

Wednesday 15 July 7.30 pm

HELEN GUY: The lives and legacy of Richard and Cherry Kearton
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

Join us for an informative talk on the lives and legacy of Richard and Cherry Kearton.

The brothers developed their interest in the natural world growing up in Thwaite, Swaledale, becoming celebrated pioneers of wildlife photography.

We will be showing a short Kearton film as part of the event.

Richard and Cherry Kearton

29 July 7.30 pm

DR CHRISTINE HALLAS:
Poverty & Pragmatism in Swaledale and Wensleydale 1790-1914
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

Recent research into rural poverty in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has concentrated largely on the economic impact of poor relief and on issues of power struggles between centre and local government.

This lecture by examining a neglected area, demonstrates that there were different approaches to the problem of poverty and it is inappropriate to use Southern areas as a proxy for the national experience.

Poverty & Pragmatism in Swaledale and Wensleydale

Wednesday 5 August 7.30 pm

TRACY LITTLE and HELEN BAINBRIDGE:
How to Date Local Photographs. Some Tactics, Techniques & Tips
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

Back by popular demand, for a repeat performance, with added new discoveries!

Do you have a photograph of the Dales but simply can't date it? In this talk we will investigate how certain features including developments in photography, changes in architecture, the arrival of new technology, shifts in fashion and family history can help provide a framework of dates. We will explode some myths and expect audience participation.

How to date local photographs

Saturday 8 August

Day Field Trip at Cobscar near Redmire with IAN SPENSLEY
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.

Wednesday 19 August 7.30 pm

Second John Squires Lecture, KIMBERLEY STARKIE, Archivist NYCRO
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.


Researching Swaledale and Arkengarthdale using the resources at the North Yorkshire County Record Office.

Wednesday 2 September

MUKER SHOW
This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Watch out for the re-scheduled date or e-mail helen@swaledalemuseum.org if you would like to be sent a message alerting you to the new date.


Come and see us and our Mobile History Unit.

Wednesday 16 September 7.30 pm

SHAUN RICHARDSON:
Removed and Revealed: Some Effects of the July 2019 Flooding
on Archaeology in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

This lecture will primarily deal with the lead mining associated sites at Grinton, Blakethwaite Dams in Gunnerside Gill and Faggergill Mines.

Effects of July 2019 Flooding
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