Spot­light on her­itage of dairy farms

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A NEW two-year project aims to tell the story of how dairy farm­ing has been an in­trin­sic part of the Wens­ley­dale econ­omy for gen­er­a­tions.

The dale’s dairy­ing her­itage will be ex­plored as re­searchers piece to­gether the in­com­plete hu­man story be­hind the in­dus­try’s role in the dale’s way of life.

The York­shire Dales Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity’s Dairy Days project is funded by a £37,700 grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. It will in­volve re­search into ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites linked to cat­tle farm­ing and a com­mu­nity dig. Oral his­tory in­ter­views will be car­ried out, work­shops will be held for schools and vis­i­tors and train­ing in ar­chae­o­log­i­cal field sur­vey work and 3D record­ings of build­ings will be of­fered.

The his­tory of milk­ing, cheese, cream and but­ter-mak­ing will be stud­ied and a new ‘Milky Way’ walk­ing trail will be cre­ated.

The project cul­mi­nates in an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Dales Coun­try­side Mu­seum in Hawes dur­ing the sum­mer of 2019.

Karen Grif­fiths, Dairy Dales project of­fi­cer, said: “Dairy­ing has been at the heart of the Wens­ley­dale econ­omy since records be­gan and is still thriv­ing to­day. The Dairy Days project aims to re­search and then share the story of this un­bro­ken thread.”

A launch event takes place at the Dales Coun­try­side Mu­seum in Hawes on Tues­day, April 24 from 10.30am.

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