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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


January 19th 2016


Annual General Meeting


Followed by Elaine Joynes


“The Dissolution of Coverham Abbey and the Pilgrimage of Grace”.


February 16th 2016


“Bolton Estate – Past, Present and Future”


Lord Bolton


March 15th 2016


“Dales village dances and their Music”


Bob Ellis

April 19th 2016


“A Wensleydale Family”


Jane Richie



May 17th 2016


“Life as a MOD Archaeologist - focussing on and around

Catterick Garrison”



Phil Abramson


June 21st 2016


Eighth John Rettie Memorial Lecture


“The Bronte Sisters”


Juliet Barker

July 2016


Members’ Day (Details TBC)


September 20th, 27th and October 18th 2016


3-session course


“The History of Quarrying in the Yorkshire Dales”


David Johnson


nb there will be a fee for this course


15th November 2016


“Revealing Swaledale using Modern Archaeological Techniques”


Oliver Cooper


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