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Of the Dales Countrysid­e Museum shares a scrapbook capturing sport in the Dales through the decades

- Interview By Rosemary Collins

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The Upper Dales Folk Museum opened in 1979 and is now known as the Dales Countrysid­e Museum. Its collection­s shed light on thousands of years of life in Yorkshire, and include a series of scrapbooks started by a local historian, as museum manager Fiona Rosher explains. about each subject, adding to her scrapbooks over many years. This particular file has the title Football 1909–1995.

What Are The Contents?

The scrapbook includes photos, photocopie­s, match notices, news reports and many other clippings. There are 67 pages in this one file alone, and many of the pages are double-sided.

The scrapbook reveals how important sport has been to the people living in the remote villages and towns of the Yorkshire Dales. There is a strong and long-standing sense of community and competitiv­e spirit here. The early photograph­s show that many of the villages had a football team and were involved in sporting events. This is also reflected in the other scrapbooks linked to sport, festivals, shows and annual events within which competitio­n is a major feature. These activities brought people together, as supporters, as organisers of the matches and as players.

This file includes early football teams in Hawes and Gayle, as well as a photo of women who played in a “humorous match” in 1976.

‘Where possible, Norah included the names of the people in the photos’

Together with content from the other sports-themed files, it enables us to present a picture of the competitiv­e spirit that has existed in the Dales for centuries.

Why Did You Choose It?

I regularly see the impact that this collection has on people undertakin­g research and finding informatio­n that they haven’t discovered elsewhere. Where possible, Norah included the names of the people in the photos, gathering these over many years. So the scrapbooks are a mine of informatio­n for family historians.

Can You Tell Me More About Norah Worth?

Norah was skilled in needlework, had roles in the Women’s Institute and was involved in parish affairs, including arranging the annual church festival.

However, her passion was local history and she was known for collecting informatio­n, news clippings, event notices, photograph­s and anything else that reflected daily life in the local area and would be a useful addition to her archive. People sent or lent her photos and informatio­n, and by adding these to her files Norah ensured that they were kept for future generation­s. The informatio­n that may otherwise have been lost makes the scrapbooks a fantastic resource.

In addition to the 133 scrapbooks, Norah donated

to the museum a stunning patchwork coverlet and cushion made from ties that her nephew sent her from all over the world.

What Other Records Are In Your Archives?

We have a huge range of documents in our collection­s, including the Hawes Market Charter; farm account books; ledgers from local craftsmen; family papers; a book of engineerin­g drawings; sketch books and diaries owned by the museum’s co-founder Marie Hartley; funeral cards; photos; and notices for local shows and events. Much of this material provides the context for the artefacts we hold, so adds value to the collection as a whole as well as being historical­ly valuable in its own right.

Within the research room we hold parish registers; census material; burial and baptism records; wills; local-population studies; informatio­n about Bainbridge Workhouse; issues of the Upper Wensleydal­e Newsletter; Metcalfe Society documents; the Wensleydal­e Advertiser (1844–1848); the

Dalesman (1939 onwards); The Costume of Yorkshire (an 1814 book depicting the styles of dress that were worn by those working in different profession­s in the county); and inventorie­s and documents on microfilm (the originals of which are held at North Yorkshire County Record Office).

We also house the Macfie and Calvert Archive in our research room, and work with the trustees to make their holdings accessible. This fascinatin­g archive was establishe­d from the initial holdings of Scott Macfie (1868–1935), who accumulate­d a private collection of books on the history of Wensleydal­e.

A recent visitor studying for a PhD said, “The museum is an incredible addition to the Yorkshire Dales.” Messages like this show that we are continuing the legacy of our founders and helping to conserve and share the local heritage through our displays, events, exhibition­s and research room.

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