Back                          Middleham and Dales Local History Group

Are you interested in local history? If so, why not think about joining the Middleham and Dales Local History Group (MDLHG)?

MDLHG was formed several years ago by a group of people interested in furthering the study of the local history of Wensleydale and Swaledale and their adjoining dales. The annual programme includes individual lectures on a variety of historical topics by guest speakers, two courses each year dealing with subjects of interest in more detail, and occasional local visits. The group is also particularly interested in encouraging and supporting local history research. A recent project has focused on redundant churches and chapels in the area, and this has resulted in a detailed survey and historical investigation of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Coverham. A booklet and CD have been produced and a laminated plan and information sheet deposited in the church for visitors’ use.

The annual membership fee is £10 and this gives free entrance to all individual meetings, although there is an extra charge for each course. Visitors are welcome to attend single lectures for a small fee, so if you are not sure if the group is for you, why not come along one afternoon and try it out? All meetings take place at Middleham Key Centre, usually on Tuesdays, from 2pm to 4pm.

Middleham and Dales Local History Group

 Annual membership of the group is £10 and visitors are welcome to attend individual meetings for a fee of £3.

For further information, please contact:-
Tony Keates 01969 640436 or email

Programme 2018


All meetings at Middleham Key Centre starting at 2.00pm - 3.35pm

(Except for the April Meeting)

January 16th -AGM followed by Revs. James Law - a Coverdale clergyman - Val Slater

February 20th - Churches of the Dale and Vale - Revd. William Thackray

March 20th - Death comes to Eelmire - Barbara Dixon

April 17th - The Cultural History of the Dales - (NB: at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes)

May 10th - John Rettie Memorial Lecture - The history of Kiplin Hall - Dawn Webster

June 19th - The Discovery of Swaledale in the early 20th century through the novels of May Sinclair - Helen Bainbridge

July 17th - Members visit to Kiplin Hall

September/October - Autumn Course on Vernacular Buildings and Maps for Local Studies - See amendment below

September 25th - An overview of Vernacular buildings in the Dales - David Cook

October 2nd - Recording Local Features - Alison Armstrong

October 6th - Maps for local studies - Speaker from NYCRO

November 20th - the WW1 Appeals Tribunals - Ruth Rising



Annual membership is due in January- £10, visitors welcome at £3 per meeting.

Contact Tony Keates for more information, 01969 640436,


Amendments to the Autumn course

A 3 session course on

Vernacular Buildings and Maps for Local History Studies

all at Middleham Key Centre starting at 2.00pm


Session 1- Vernacular Houses of Wensleydale, Coverdale and Bishopdale

by David Cook, Tuesday 25 September at 2.00pm.


Session 2 – Recording and interpreting vernacular buildings in the Dales,

by Alison Armstrong, Tuesday 2 October at 2.00pm


Session 3 – Maps for local history studies, a practical session by a speaker from N. Yorkshire County Record Office, 
Tuesday 16 October at 2.00pm.


Course fees are £5 per session for members and £7 per session for non-members.

Contact Tony Keates for more information 01969 640436



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