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.

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UWALS will be postponing the Presenting the Past exhibition due to be held in Grassington Town Hall at the end of April.  Heritage Lottery Fund have granted an extension of one year.

 

"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 and other information regarding the projects:

2020

Heritage Lottery Funded Exhibition “Presenting the Past”  
In Grassington Town Hall for two weekends 25th/26th April and 2nd/3rd May 2020.  Come along and enjoy the fruits of the labour of our various community project groups. There will be photographs, music, creative writing, original research and oral histories. Free Entry.  Be warned, you may need more than one visit to enjoy all on offer!

Wednesday 29th January
A meeting of the Music Group 7pm at Low Ryelands, Arncliffe
 
Saturday February 1st
A meeting of the Writing Group at 1pm in the village hall in Arncliffe

Saturday February 22nd
The Photographers will be having one to one meetings with Andrew Brooks to prepare their exhibition pieces.  The village hall, Arncliffe, individual appointments.

15th March - Art Workshop with local artist, Hannah Chesterman 

As part of the Presenting the Past project Hannah is running a one day workshop during which a collaborative response to the Inman photographs will be produced. The day and all the materials are funded by the Heritage Lottery fund. Numbers are strictly limited so reserve your place as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed. 15th March 2020, 10am start at Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall.  This is a free workshop thanks to the Heritage Lottery funding of the project.

Heritage Lottery Funded Exhibition “Presenting the Past”  
In Grassington Town Hall for two weekends 25th/26th April and 2nd/3rd May 2020.  Come along and enjoy the fruits of the labour of our various community project groups. There will be photographs, music, creative writing, original research and oral histories. Free Entry.  Be warned, you may need more than one visit to enjoy all on offer!

 

2019

"Presenting the Past": Creative Writing workshop with Ron Norman on Saturday 1st November  in Arncliffe Village Hall 1.30pm.

"Presenting the Past": Research group meeting Saturday 30th Novmber in Conistone with Kilnsey Hall 1.30pm.

"Presenting the Past" Photography group tutorials with Andrew Brooks.  Saturday 22nd February 2020 in Arncliffe Village Hall.

"Presenting the Past": Creative Writing workshop with Ron Norman on Saturday 28th September in Arncliffe Village Hall 1.30pm until 4pm.

"Presenting the Past" Photography workshop. The next Photography follow-up session will be on Saturday 5th October 2019 with Andrew Brooks. More details to follow.

"Presenting the Past" Oral History day.

The Oral History day will be held on Saturday 26th October 2019 with Michelle Winslow from the Oral History Socity. More details to follow.

"Presenting the Past" Writing workshop.

The first meeting of the Creative Writing strand of the Project took place on Thursday June 14th 2019 at Amerdale Hall. Ron Norman led seven 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 2019 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! 

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Photography Follow up workshop

Wednesday 1st May 2019 Conistone with Kilnsey village hall at 2pm. Workshop is free - tea and coffee provided.

 

 


We are pleased to announce

Present in the Past

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This collection of writings and accompanying photographs, Present in the Past, captures all that is Upper Wharfedale: its people, its history, its customs and, above all, its wonderful landscape.  You can buy it for just £10 by emailing uwalsociety@gmail.com or phoning 01756 770051/770350.  We can arrange delivery or post copies on.

Ron Norman has produced an exciting new YouTube video for you to watch which will let you know how this piece of work has developed over the last few months.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIC5VEHQDno&feature=youtu.be 

                      

THE UWALS REARRANGED (AND ENHANCED!) 2021 PROGRAMME

See Future Events.