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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 2017


All meetings at Middleham Key Centre starting at 2.00pm


Tuesday 25 April It's Not Just Dropping the (H)aitches- Yorkshire dialect. Ruth Dent

Tuesday 16 May 9th John Rettie Memorial LectureThe Archaeology of the A1 Upgrade – recent discoveries at Scotch

Corner. David Fell

Tuesday 20 June 1950s Village and Farming Life in early black and white cine films

David Atkinson

Wednesday 19 July Members’ Day

Visits to Littlethorpe Pottery and Littlethorpe Manor Gardens

September and October 3 session course on Aspects of Archaelogy – details to be confirmed.

Tuesday 21 November Death Comes to Eelmire. Barbara Dixon

Members and visitors are welcome, annual membership is still only £10, or £3 per meeting for visitors.

Contact Tony Keates for more information, 01969 640436,



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