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 and all interested in the history of Malhamdale and surrounding townships..

Forthcoming meetings are now held at 7:30pm in Kirkby Malham Parish Hall.. This will allow better social distancing and car parking (on the road). Visitors are most welcome.

Forthcoming meetings: Updated 17/02/2024

21st March: 'The Horner Collection' : A collection of over 1000 photos which cature the changing faces and places of Settle. A talk by Heather Lane.

18th April: 'A navvy's life for me' : The story of the Barden Resevoirs and the people who built them. A talk by David Turner

16th May: 'Call my bluff' : With mystery objects provided by the Museum of North Craven Life.

20th June: 'The Great Northern Eclipse, a grand day out' : The Astronomer Royalset up camp at Giggleswick School in June 1927. A talk by Martin Lunn

18th July: 'The history of Victoria Hall, Settle' : A visit led by Josie Guthrie, commences at 2.00 pm in Victoria Hall.

15th August: 'Out of the Archive - Kirkby Malham': Following on from talks about Airton and Malham we move on to Kirkby Malham : A talk by Linda Hodson

19th September: 'The Vikings in Yorkshire': Vikings came to Yorkshire as invaders and remained as settlers. Evidence of their presence is all around us today. A talk by Joyce Hill

17th October: 'Germans on the run : From Tsingtao to Skipton': The story of two escaped Germannaval officers who spent a year on the run before spending the final part of the war in Skipton. A talk by Anne Buckley.

21st November: 'DNA in archeology': The contribution of the study of ancient DNA to modern day archeology. A talk by Roger Martlew.

10th December, (Note: Tuesday) Annual Dinner, Kirkby Malham Parish Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm


16th January, Members Evening, reading of the Malhamdale parish diaries plus member's research

20th February, AGM followed by wine and cheese

Any queries please contact the MLHG Chair, Linda Hodson via

Non-members / visitors always welcome to talks: admission £4; talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions and then refreshments if desired. Suitable for older children as well as all adults.
See the the MLHG Events page for any further details that may be available.


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The forum: now inoperative so please feel free to contact members of the committee for historical queries - we will try to help if possible. To access the physical or electronic archive which has considerable further material than this website, please feel free to contact the archivist via email to .

Free Genealogy Record Forms for your Filofax!!

If you don't own a laptop, or want something more compact to carry around, organise your family history record keeping in a compact Filofax style binder with our free family history record sheet masters. (This is now historical in its own right! Younger historians may need to check out the meaning of 'Filofax' on their tablet or mobile)

Visit our Family History Search Page to find some useful resources for tracing your Malhamdale ancestors.

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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!


Views of Malhamdale in old postcards

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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.

What you will find here: We offer an extensive range of information of interest to local and family historians, plus many 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 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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