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Deadline approaches

[Monday 21 September 2009]

Residents and visitors to Hawes still have a few weeks left to have their say about plans to revamp the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has drawn up the proposals for the future of its Museum, which celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year, and has been holding a series of events and displays at the Museum to hear what people think about them.

The consultation period ends on September 29 but there has already been a considerable response from residents and local businesses, according to Museum Manager Fiona Rosher.

“We have heard from a lot of people in the community so far – individuals, traders, visitors and organisations – and we have received many, very constructive suggestions,” she said.

“We hope to get more comments from others before the consultation period finishes.”

The proposals include the creation of a more visible entrance and reception area, the refurbishment of the permanent displays, a space in which to feature artistic work inspired by the Dales landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage – including etchings donated by local artist Piers Browne ¬– and the conversion of part of the railway platform building into a tea room. This will not be operated by the YDNPA but will be offered as a new business opportunity.

The Museum can trace its origins back to 1941 when Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby first began collecting artefacts to record life in the Dales. Their collection continued to grow and finally found a home in the converted Victorian railway station in Hawes in 1979, becoming a public museum.

The Dales Countryside Museum tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present, and stimulates visitors to think about its future. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day and feature much of the Hartley and Ingilby collection.

Views on the plans can be sent to the Authority by one of several ways:

  • By email to yourthoughts@yorkshiredales.org.uk
  • Through the discussion board on the Yorkshire Dales National Park facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  • Anonymous written comments submitted to boxes located at National Park Centres
  • In person at the Museum
  • Or by telephoning 01969 666214 where thoughts can be recorded as an answer phone message (calls can be returned if a name and number is left)

Information about the proposals is available at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/dales_countryside_museum

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