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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

A Grandson’s Tribute

A Grandson’s Tribute

Published: 08 June 2020

Emily

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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Exploring the Tale of The NASH...

Exploring the Tale of The NASH...

Published: 06 May 2020

Emily

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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 bringing school heritage...

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Helen Marshall of The People’s...

Helen Marshall of The People’s...

Published: 20 March 2020

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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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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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O Bell, Where Art Thou?

O Bell, Where Art Thou?

Published: 20 March 2020

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The NASH was founded in 1845 and built as a Victorian ‘National School’, but its bell tower has been mysteriously empty for at least a century.  Local records tell us that The NASH bell originally came from nearby Gayle...

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