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.
The story will unfold through the gathering of photos and memories of those who attended Dales schools from the 1930s onwards, as well as the undertaking of research. The People’s Picture will use these photos and stories to produce a giant heritage photo mosaic. The mosaic will be made up of 1000+ photos that overall will create a whole new picture telling a shared ‘Story of Schools’.
Activity will culminate in a multi-media exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum opening at the end of January 2021. Telling ‘The Story of Schools’, the exhibition will include the big reveal of The People’s Picture mosaic, a short film, 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.