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Exhibition to explore the idea that we're all part of the landscape

Tuesday 27 January 2004

An exciting interactive family exhibition aims to explode the myth that only one type of real 'Dales person' exists - and explores who has arrived, stayed in or left the Dales and why.

'Part of the Landscape' will highlight the diverse and ever changing nature of people in the Yorkshire Dales over thousands of years - from the epic movements of the Romans through to the present day.

It will initially be installed at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes as an integral part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park 50th anniversary celebrations. It will then be offered on loan to venues both inside and outside the Dales.

Three gazebos will be housed in the museum, covering the themes of conflict, lifestyle and work, and each will be full of interactive displays for people of all ages.

There will be games for children, as well as a reading corner where families can find out about the history of the area and its people - including a presentation with snippets from those who live or used to live in the area. Visitors themselves can become part of the event by leaving their own thoughts on a tree which will be sited in the exhibition or by being photographed and writing a comment that will be incorporated into the visual presentation beamed onto a museum wall.

Fiona Rosher, Manager at the Dales Countryside Museum, said: "People have been coming and going in and out of the Dales for thousands of years and there are many different reasons for why they've chosen to stay or to leave.

"The three themes are at the core of the migration pattern. Power struggles from small-scale skirmishes to world wars have caused people to move around the landscape. Lifestyle decisions are important because we make choices every day and many of them cause us to move in or away from the Dales landscape. And whether we like it or not, most of us have to work - many people come, go and stay in the Dales because of their jobs.

"Millions of people have moved in, out and around the Dales over the years. The exhibition uses the idea of the landscape as a Dales character who has witnessed these movements and helps to describe them to our visitors."

'A Part of the Landscape' will be based at the Dales Countryside museum in Hawes from 7 February until 18 April. Admission is free.


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