Members of the Oral History project being trained by the Oral History Society


Oral History

The UWALS Oral History Group was created as part of the Presenting the Past project, an ambitious project designed to draw in members of the community via a number of different channels. Generously supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund, the group was trained by the Oral History Society which allowed them to use their newly acquired skills and "best practice" when recording oral histories.

The aim of the Oral History group was to capture the memories and stories not recorded in writing and to make them available to all interested parties. This collection will preserve some of the authentic voices of Upper Wharfedale and stories which would otherwise be lost. It will also help to capture the dialect and accent of the area.

Listen to all the interviews below.

Derek Tennant
Peter Rymer
Cynthia Rymer
Clifford Lambert
Dr Andrew Jackson
Bill Foster
Jeremy Daggett
Kath Carlisle
Malcolm Campbell
John Buxton

The Funk Wire resumes on Thursday 15thFebruary 2pm in The Octagon, Grassington Also February 29th, March 14th.

Please note the change of venue for the first few meetings while Kilnsey with Conistone Hall is repaired.

Other dates: April 4th and 18th venue to be confirmed.

2024 Subsidised Workshops 

Details of workshops in felting, tapestry and lino-printing will be released soon.

Watch this space!

Presenting the Past

If you missed the exhibition weekends don't worry, you can enjoy much of it here:

The Photo Archive

The Film of the Project

The Interviews