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March events at the Dales Countryside Museum

[Tuesday 01 March 2011]

Photo show Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Upper Wensleydale Area Ranger Matt Neale
showing Ross and Kirsty Dunlop how to build a wall
in the Museum.
Photo: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

There will be some interesting and unusual attractions for visitors to the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes this month. (March)

On Saturday 5 March, members of the Yorkshire Dales Young Archaeologists’ Club, which is based at the Museum, will be investigating Medieval woodworking techniques and, between 2pm and 4pm, visitors will have the chance to watch Chris Helliwell demonstrating ancient woodworking techniques – including pole lathe wood working.

At 7pm on Tuesday 8 March, the Museum, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, will play host to Christa Perry, Hay time Project Officer with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, who will give an illustrated talk on ‘Hay time in the Yorkshire Dales’.

And on Friday 18 March at 7.30pm, as part of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum lecture programme, Dr Christine Hallas will give a talk entitled ‘Railway Mania in the Northern Dales and the outcomes, 1840 – 1912’.

Museum Manager Fiona Rosher said: “We have got a fantastic programme of extra events for all the family lined up for this year. In addition to our hands-on exhibits and fabulous collections of artefacts and objects that tell the stories of the people that have lived and worked here, we have a great exhibition programme. People can also make an appointment if they’d like to see things from the collection or archive at close hand.

“In addition, our Treasured Possessions exhibition – which explores the way that things have been collected and recorded in the Dales over the years and why things become special to people – will be on show until 30 March featuring the work of local schools. The project carries on into the spring and we are still collecting stories and images of things that are special to local communities.

We think we have something for everyone and we are looking forward to a fantastic year.”

If your group or school would like a “Treasure Pocket” to fill, contact the Museum Project Officer Jane Sammells on 01969 666210 or email her at jane.sammells@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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