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Skipton event to launch Yorkshire Dales Heritage Directory

[Thursday 24 August 2006]

A UNIQUE event bringing together up to 80 organisations is planned to take place next month (Saturday September 2nd) as they launch a new Yorkshire Dales Heritage Directory.

skipton castle
Skipton Castle - one part of our rich Yorkshire Dales heritage

Held at Skipton Town Hall between 2pm and 5pm, the Dales Heritage Fair will see organisations - large and small - coming together to swap exhibition material, literature and information and launch the new directory.

Spearheaded by the Yorkshire Dales Society, an independent charity based in Settle, the event is supported by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Nidderdale AONB and Craven District Council.

The aim of the day is to bring together as many of the private, public and voluntary bodies involved in protecting and promoting the rich natural and cultural heritage that makes the Yorkshire Dales so special and to launch the first edition of a Dales Heritage Directory.

The contact details of the many participating organisations in the Dales which deal with various aspects of Dales life and history - from archaeology to architecture, farming to industrial history, biodiversity, speleology (the study of caves), folk music and dialect - is being brought together in the publication.

"Having this information readily available in one definitive place will make it easier for the public and Dales organisations to share ideas and knowledge and to work closely together

Colin Speakman - YDS Secretary

"Having this information readily available in one definitive place will make it easier for the public and Dales organisations to share ideas and knowledge and to work closely together," says Colin Speakman, Secretary of the Yorkshire Dales Society, which will also soon carry the directory on its website at www.yds.org.uk.

During the course of the Fair, morning and afternoon workshops will be open for Dales organisations to share experience and to grow. These are designed to offer specific expert advice in areas such as fundraising, training, marketing and website development, as well as reaching out to new audiences.

There will be no charge for the Workshop or the Heritage Fair, which will be open to the general public as well as to individual organisations.

For further details contact Colin Speakman on 01943 607868 or email info@yds.org.uk

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