The People’s Picture are pleased to announce ‘The Story of Schools in the Dales’ artwork. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund, the project will delve into the development of schools over time in Upper Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

The story will unfold through the gathering photos and memories of those who attended Dales schools from the 1930s onwards, as well as the undertaking of new 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 that tells a shared Story of Schools.

Activity will culminate in an exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum opening in January 2021 telling The Story of Schools through the big reveal of the mosaic, 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’. These buildings dot our landscape as ghosts with a pent-up story to tell. What have their walls seen? 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.

Emily Rowe Rawlence

The NASH in Hawes

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  • There is a character limit so we are able to share to social media, so for a greater chance of being featured we suggest a short and succinct story.
  • Frame your photo as a close up portrait showing head and shoulders. Each mosaic is made up of thousands of photos, and close up faces show better.
  • Be sure to share your photo submission once you receive your approval email! Tell the world your story and invite everyone to take part.

Suggested Questions

  • Do you live in the Dales?
  • What memories do you have growing up here?
  • Do you work here?
  • We want to see and hear your stories about what the Dales means to you

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