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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 that will delve into the development of schools over time in Upper Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The story will unfold through the gathering of oral histories in which the memories of those who attended Dales schools from the 1930s onwards will be recorded and a school engagement programme.  We are also working with the local community to create a giant photo mosaic with digital artist Helen Marshall of The People’s Picture that will celebrate the dynamic youth of the Dales - past and present.  Activity will culminate in an exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum in early 2021 telling The Story of Schools through the big reveal of the mosaic, display boards, audio recordings 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


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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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A Grandson’s Tribute

A Grandson’s Tribute

Published: 08 June 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Earlier this year we stumbled across this in Swaledale Museum’s newsletter archive: ‘The Museum was privileged to launch John Place's handsomely illustrated biography of Reginald Place, Schoolmaster of Reeth. John's talk...

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From Pupil to Teacher: Sally...

From Pupil to Teacher: Sally...

Published: 01 June 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

In Part I Sally Stone recalled her childhood at West Burton School.  Here is Part II, where she reflects on returning to the school to be a teacher and headteacher.  The picture shows Sally with her four...

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A West Burton Childhood

A West Burton Childhood

Published: 26 May 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Sally Stone has been a pupil, a teacher, a governor and a headteacher at West Burton School. She played a vital role in founding the Bainbridge-Askrigg-West Burton collaboration and is a wealth of information about the history and culture of the...

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An Evacuee Remembers...

An Evacuee Remembers...

Published: 14 May 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Bill Martin was evacuated to Arkengarthdale School from Gateshead during World War II. Fifty years later he returned to the area to live with his wife Eileen. He has a tanned, open face, a gentle north-east accent and a mischievous twinkle in his...

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Exploring the Tale of The NASH...

Exploring the Tale of The NASH...

Published: 06 May 2020

Emily

News, Story of Schools

Back in February, Mark Cronfield of Fellfoss Theatre and Heather Hodgson, Education Officer for The Story of Schools, met with Emily from The NASH.  Mark, who is an experienced heritage theatre practitioner, will be running teacher-actor...

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Helen Marshall of The People’s...

Helen Marshall of The People’s...

Published: 20 March 2020

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Story of Schools

As part of this project digital artist Helen Marshall of The People’s Picture will be creating a photo mosaic made up of 1,000+ photos of Upper Dales schools/youth from the dawn of photography to the present day.  These images...

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Information sheets out now!

Information sheets out now!

Published: 20 March 2020

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Story of Schools

Over the coming weeks and months we will be interviewing people who went to school in the Upper Dales from the 1930s/40s onwards and recording their memories.  We will also be mapping and making discoveries about schools - past and present -...

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