The People’s Picture are pleased to announce ‘The Story of Schools in the Upper Dales’ artwork, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. This project, led by The NASH in partnership with the Dales Countryside Museum, will delve into the development of schools over time in Upper Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.
Over a period of 8 weeks, over 2,000 photos and memories of those who attended Dales schools from the 1930s onwards have been collected – as well as the undertaking of research. The People’s Picture has used these photos and stories to produce a giant heritage photo mosaic – telling the shared ‘Story of Schools’.
The final artwork will culminate in a multi-media exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum opening on 30 January to 21 April 2021. Alongside the big reveal of the mosaic will be a short film, display boards, audio recordings and artefacts.
Across the Upper Dales almost every village has at least one building with a variation of the name ‘The Old School House’. If walls had ears, what fascinating tales could they tell? How has schooling changed over time and what is it like growing up in the distinct environment of the Upper Dales? This project will offer a new perspective on local history that not only gives a voice to more elderly members of our community but also celebrates the dynamic youth of the Dales.