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WE HELD A SPECIAL DINNER TO MARK OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY

 

The Wensleydale Creamery, Gayle.  www.wensleydale.co.uk

 

Wednesday 28th July 2010.  We met at the creamery and had a demonstration of cheesemaking at 6.30 pm followed by a meal at 7.30 pm.

 

This was a splendid cold carved buffet including joints of roast beef, Yorkshire Ham, Turkey, poached salmon, salads, pickles, bread rolls Wensleydale cheese board, grapes, celery, Lemon Meringue pie with Cream tea or coffee.

 

Dinner was followed by a quiz arranged by Marion which some of our members took VERY seriously!

 

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THERE WERE A NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS DURING THE EXHIBITION.

 

PRESENTATION 1 DR. CHRISTINE HALLAS set the scene by talking about migration from the dales.  Christine was Head of School of Humanities at Trinity and All Saints, University of Leeds.  She has written widely on aspects of rural life in the northern uplands of England, and has lived in Wensleydale for many years.  Her book 'Rural Responses to Industrialisation' is acknowledged as the standard work on the subject.

 

The well known historian Dr. DUNCAN BYTHELL talkED about what awaited people leaving the dales for the mills of Lancashire.  His book 'The Handloom Weavers: A Study in the English Cotton Industry during the Industrial Revolution' is recommended reading.  Duncan grew up in north-east Lancashire, and his family links with the cotton industry go back over six generations. He read Modern History at Oxford, where he also gained a D.Phil. for a thesis on 'The Handloom Weavers in the English Cotton Industry'.

 

He subsequently taught history at Durham University for over thirty years,  and has published books, articles, and reviews on the history of work and of leisure in both Britain and Australia during the past two centuries. Since retiring to Swaledale, he has lectured and written on local history during the Victorian period,  and he remains actively involved in local music-making, notably as conductor of the famous Muker Silver Band.

 

BLAIR SOUTHERDEN  RecountED the story of Kirton/Kearton emigration from Swaledale to St Vincent, Windward Islands 1764

 

MARION MOVERLEY well known local historian, speaker and history tutor, and committee member of the Upper Dales FHG spoke on ' London Connections' highlighting dales folk who had business connection in London.

 

DAVID PRATT told the story of CHRISTOPHER PRATT and the establishing of his well-known furniture shop in Bradford.

 

TONY KEATES ran a workshop on how to research on line and how to get the best out of genealogy software