Have you a story to share? Our Oral historians are now ready to collect Oral Histories of Upper Wharfedale. If you, or anyone you know, have lived here for most of your life and would like to share your stories and memories of life in Upper Wharfedale please get in touch with us by emailing uwalsociety@gmail.com.

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We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery for funding this project.



"Presenting the Past"

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Thanks to National Lottery players this wide ranging project planned for 2019/2020 will feature a number of ambitious elements including photography, oral history, music and film. At it's centre will be the conservation and documentation of a unique archive of photographs of Upper Wharfedale - the Inman Roberts collection.

The unique collection contains photographs of Upper Wharfedale from the early 20th century and these photographs will be the springboard for several strands of research and creative activity all made possible by National Lottery players.

Project volunteers will be trained in the development of an oral history archive, whilst others will undertake creative projects in photography, film and music - including the composition and presentation of material inspired by the restored pictures and oral histories.

There will also be an opportunity for anyone interested in creative writing or art to produce work inspired by the photographs and stories from our oral history project.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these activities then please contact us by email at uwalsociety@gmail.com. 


Dates for your diaries:

"Presenting the Past" Writing workshop.

The first meeting of the Creative Writing strand of the Project took place on Thursday June 14th at Amerdale Hall. Ron Norman led 7 enthusiastic and interested participants through a number of increasingly challenging writing tasks based on a selection of the Inman photographs. 
An enjoyable and productive time was had by all, and some highly promising and original material began to emerge.  The group is to meet again on Tuesday July 23rd for some more writing fun-and-games, when each member is also aiming to share some ‘work in progress’.
The group welcomes anyone with an interest in creative writing and no previous experience is necessary. If anyone who was unable to attend the first meeting would like to join the group, just let us know! 


Photography Follow up workshop

Wednesday 1st May Conistone with Kilnsey village hall at 2pm. Workshop is free - tea and coffee provided.

Creative writing workshop 27th April 2019 Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall 10am till 4pm. The workshop will be be designed to give some hints and tips to support you in your writing projects. The workshop is free - funded by Heritage Lottery, but lunch and refreshments will be provided at a cost of £3 per person. If you would like to attend please reserve your place by emailing us at uwalsociety@gmail.com

"Presenting the Past" Research workshop 13th April 2019 at Conistone with Kilnsey Village hall 10.30am – 3.30pm

It will be an opportunity for you to have a look at the photographs in the collection and choose for yourselves the ones you are interested in researching with a view to displaying your findings at the exhibition planned for May 2020.

We have also arranged for a member of the North Yorkshire Records Office team from Northallerton to attend - they will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and also to give help and guidance on what records are available to help with your research.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery there is no cost for the workshop but we will be providing a light lunch at a cost of £3 per person.

If you would like to attend then please email us at uwalsociety@gmail.com



Roger McGough: "Joinedupwriting."


This promises to be a highly entertaining evening with Roger whose poetry and writing is familiar to both adults and children.

Saturday 27th July 2019 at The Octagon in Grassington 7.30pm. £16 members, £17.50 non members.

‘Presenting the Past’ funded by Heritage Lottery.

Creative writing workshop Friday 14th June 2019 at Arncliffe Village Hall at 1.30pm

See "Presenting the Past" page for further details