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THE STORY OF SCHOOLS IN THE UPPER DALES

Welcome to The Story of Schools in the Upper Dales  – a project run by The NASH and Dales Countryside Museum about the history of village schools in Upper Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The story unfolded through the gathering of oral histories in which the memories of those who attended Dales schools from the 1930s onwards was recorded, and a school engagement programme.  We also worked with the local community to create a giant photo mosaic with The People’s Picture that celebrated the dynamic youth of the Dales - past and present. 

A multi-media exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum will open on Monday 17 May 2021, telling The Story of Schools through the big reveal of the mosaic, interpretation boards, audio recordings, a short film and artefacts.  Check out our project blog below, and a big thanks to our funders – The National Lottery Heritage Fund and its players, and the Sustainable Development Fund.

The material in this project is for educational purposes and will form part of a learning resource which will be available at Dales Countryside Museum. We take authorship seriously and are interested in tracing the origins of photographs and crediting wherever possible. If you’ve got any further information about any of the photographs featured, we'd love to hear from you!  Contact: emily@thenashhawes.org


Latest News

Brian and Jennie Sunter

Brian and Jennie Sunter

Published: 15 June 2021

Emily

News, Story of Schools

We loved meeting this well-known Swaledale couple and recording their school stories from Low Row and Keld in the 40s. Brian and Jennie Sunter have been married for 61 years and speak in resonating...

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Giant artwork to be unveiled

Giant artwork to be unveiled

Published: 05 May 2021

Emily

News, Story of Schools

The Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) in Hawes is re-opening on Monday 17 May with a special exhibition telling the story of schools in the Upper Dales.

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New Podcast:  Voices From The Dales

New Podcast:  Voices From The Dales

Published: 24 March 2021

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Episodes One and Two of new podcast series 'Voices From The Dales' share audio material gathered in this project, and have been published to complement the opening of our special exhibition at DCM, The Story of Schools.

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Eric and Vera Alderson on...

Eric and Vera Alderson on...

Published: 12 January 2021

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Eric and Vera Alderson have been married for 62 years. Before Christmas, we met them to record their memories of Askrigg and Hawes Schools during WWII. NB owing to lockdown the Story of Schools exhibition at Dales Countryside...

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Norman Guy, Stalwart of Muker,...

Norman Guy, Stalwart of Muker,...

Published: 12 October 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

I went to Muker School.  I was born in 1939, so in those days I would’ve started in January 1945 when I was 5 wouldn’t I, yeah. There was no kitchen at Muker, we came home for our lunch. I lived in the house just behind the...

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‘A Big Arkengarthdale Family’ -...

‘A Big Arkengarthdale Family’ -...

Published: 23 September 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Enid Lundberg was a teacher at Arkengarthdale School for 25 years. On a sunny but windy summer’s day we met in her garden looking onto Calva Hill. Enid has an energetic spirit, vivid memory and is refreshingly to-the-point,...

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Artwork to Celebrate Dales...

Artwork to Celebrate Dales...

Published: 14 September 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Images for a giant community photo mosaic celebrating youth and schools in the Upper Dales will be collected over eight weeks, starting on Monday 21 September. The mosaic of Dales youth is being created by digital artist Helen Marshall of The...

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The Life of a School Attendance...

The Life of a School Attendance...

Published: 20 July 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

This is an extract from an intriguing little book filled with elegant handwriting that I was given a few years ago: 'Sept 2nd By train to Hawes Junction walked to Lunds School Bad attendance at school on account of the backward...

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John Waggett of Swaledale

John Waggett of Swaledale

Published: 01 July 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

John Waggett, 75, has farmed in Upper Swaledale all his life. He has twinkly eyes and a rich, melodic accent. He is one of the few remaining speakers of the Swaledale dialect and went to Gunnerside Methodist School in the 50s. The main photo...

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