The Malhamdale Local History Group exists to promote
and further knowledge about the history of the Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale,
situated in upper Airedale. Based around the historic ecclesiastical parish,
the group's area of interest covers the ten townships of :
Past & Present
The Malhamdale Local History Group has carried out
several projects since its inauguration in 1986 and this website presents
the opportunity to showcase some of these.
The Millennium Project
Every home in the Dale was photographed and documented.
An exhibition was staged to show the results in 2000 and portfolios
for each of the townships, complete with B&W photographs for each
dwelling, are now lodged at the Craven Museum in Skipton. There are
no plans to put this project on the web at present.
During 2001 the Group researched the history of Malhamdale's
own agricultural show from its first beginnings at Airton in the early
20th century up until the year 2002. The results were first exhibited
at the Malhamdale Show which now has it's own permanent site at Malham.
The project was published in the form of a photocopied book in time
for the 2003 show and you can view the edited web version this project
by clicking the link on the left.
History of Education
Education in the Dale has a long history and although
we now have just one active and very successful school, many others
have existed in the past. This Project was researched during 2002 and
was first presented as an illustrated lecture at Kirkby Malhamdale School
and then a display of material was produced for the 2003 Malhamdale
Show and was on view during the summer of 2004 at The Museum of North
Craven Life housed in The
Folly at Settle.
A fascinating exhibition of life in the Dale between
1939 and 1945 put together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VE
Day. It includes photographs, personal recollections and memorabilia.
First exhibited at Malham Village Hall, the material was then used in
a joint exhibition with other local groups, held at Settle town hall.
A Lottery funded book based on this North Craven exhibition was also
published in 2005.
Morrison - A man of many parts
Not much has been written about our local millionaire
MP, who was great benefactor to Education, the Arts and Archaeology.
We are trying to address this, and if anyone can add any recollections,
photographs, documenatry sources or other help to the project, please
get in touch.
Two long term projects are being undertaken by various
members of the Group:
A Field Name Survey of the Malhamdale Townships.
Preliminary work on Malham has yielded some interesting
results showing that although some names are quite recent, some are
very ancient indeed. Progress is slow, though a large body of reference
material and maps have been collected.
Business in Malhamdale.
Today the range of goods and services available to
those living in Malhamdale are quite limited and regular trips to town
and the supermarket are a necessary part of life. This project is looking
at the range of businesses that were available in the past.