THE Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes is celebrating its most successful year since opening as visitor figures reach an all-time high. Over 45,000 adults and children have stepped through its doors since March 2002 to explore the history of the Dales and its people.
These results are particularly significant because the figures for the previous year had been decimated by the foot and mouth disaster, which hit the Hawes district particularly hard.
Fiona Rosher, manager of the museum in the old station yard at Hawes, commented: "It has been a terrific twelve months. We have worked closely with the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum and local community groups to bring together a wide range of photographic and art exhibitions, events and craft demonstrations, to attract visitors into the Museum and the town of Hawes.
"We have also increased the services on offer to the local community, including educational workshops for local children, developing the local history archive and providing meeting facilities for local groups; the museum is busier than ever and we're enjoying every minute of it."
Forthcoming events and attractions include an exhibition by INKERS, featuring superb contemporary prints of Yorkshire landscapes and beyond; blacksmithing and silk spinning demonstrations; and a good fun event for the whole family - Wash Day on 29 May - showing what life was like in days gone by.
Anyone wishing to visit the museum this bank holiday weekend can get more information on www.destinationdales.org