Malhamdale Local History Group

Research Site for the Townships of Malhamdale, North Yorkshire, England

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Malhamdale Local History Group

Providing an extensive range of information for both local and family historians.

Forthcoming meetings, usually held at 8pm in Malham Village Hall unless specifically stated otherwise. Visitors are most welcome.

  • 18th December (Wednesday) 7 for 8:00pm Annual Dinner at Newfield Hall, members and guests pre-paid.
  • 16th January (Thursday) Members Evening, including talk by Phill Brown about 'The Roman Marching Camp on Mastiles Lane'
  • 20th February (Thursday) 'Call my Bluff' presented with artefacts from Settle Folly
  • 19th March (Thursday) AGM followed by wine and cheese, new members very welcome

Non-members always welcome : admission £3
See the the MLHG Event page for a full listing.

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A Celebration of Bygone Malhamdale
An Exhibition by Malhamdale Local History Group

The Exhibition - “A Celebration of Bygone Malhamdale” will be held at Kirkby Malham Parish Hall on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020 between 10am and 4pm, to enable visitors to see examples from MLHG’s archive and the associated research.
The inaugural meeting of Malhamdale Local History Group was held on 22 March 1990. An extensive archive, both physical and digital, has been assembled by the Group over the last 30 years. This comprises a variety of documents, photos and catalogues etc. which have been donated or loaned for scanning. It has resulted in a deeper knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Malhamdale.
There will be displays about education, farming, places of worship, businesses and notable people etc. These will include new research on deceased Malhamdale artists and writers and displays about the recent archaeological digs in Malham village and Malham Moor. There will be a continuous slide show of photos of Bygone Malhamdale, displaying the villages in days gone by.
Please come along and explore the heritage of Malhamdale. If you have any photos, documents etc., which are of local interest, please bring them along. We will be able to scan them on the day, so that they can be added to the digital archive. Alternatively, if you have any such items that you are prepared to donate, we would be delighted to accept them.
Entry to the exhibition is free, including tea or coffee

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Visiting Malhamdale: to view historical sites, get a 'feel' for the landscape and talk to residents about local history - one of the best ways to learn about the past!

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Malhamdale Local History Group If you can't get to the meetings, then sample a multimedia slide show of the talk Kirkby Malham and the West Dereham Connection given by Mike Spence in June 2008. Many more of our talks are also available to listen online (mp3 format) .

The group also has a dedicated area on this website where you can find general information about its activities and projects, which include: Education in Malhamdale; Malhamdale at War; the history of Malhamdale Show, Walter Morrison - A man of many parts.

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Read our introduction to RSS feeds and how to access them and feel free to join in and leave your comments or questions on the Forum, where you may well find someone with just the information you are looking for.

What you will find here: We offer an extensive range of information of interest to local and family historians, plus lots of links to other relevant sites too.

Information is divided into groups under the local township names for easy navigation. Just select the Village that interests you from the navigation buttons and see what is available.

The site is based on the historic ecclesiastical Parish of Kirkby in Malhamdale, but we also have some information on other nearby townships that fit socially and geographically within the area (Coniston Cold, Eshton, Winterburn and Bordley).

Don't forget to look at the Malhamdale page for more general information about the area.

The dedicated Malhamdale Local History Group section contains an interesting variety of projects for you to look at, plus full information about the group's activities.

Quick Search will rapidly find references to family names or places, with advanced search options available on the main Search page, however it doesn't search our Malhamdale People Finder database or the Forum, so these need to be searched separately.

New pages and more information are being added frequently, so remember to check the What's New page or subscribe to our RSS feed.

If you have any queries or comments visit our Forum and leave us a message.

Wanted New material

We are always interested in more Memories, Photographs, Maps, Deeds, Documents, Family Trees and other items relating to the area.
Don't worry, you don't have to create the actual web pages, the webmaster will sort out your text and illustrations into a web article, so contact our Webmaster to discuss your ideas. We also need more volunteers to transcribe material to go on the website. If you feel you can help please get in touch.


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