Dairy Days launch a great success

We’ve been very busy sorting though all the amazing information, contacts, photos and objects that people brought in to share with us last week at the project launch. We had such a wonderful and productive day with lots of people turning up throughout the day to talk to us.

We had some lovely family photos brought in which we had scanned to add to the museum collections and for use during the project.

Nell Bank Farm, Walden. Joanne & Roundy the calf (courtesy of Sally Stone)
Town Head Farm, West Burton. Town Head Suzy the cow (courtesy of Sally Stone)

There was also some great memorabilia such as these old cheese labels and product stickers from the Creamery in Hawes.

Rail ticket for cheeses sent by train from the Creamery (collection of Ian Millward)
Cheese stickers (collection of Ian Millward)

Participant Sally Stone brought in the diaries of her father who started his farming life up at Nell Bank in Walden in the 1950s. She read out the proud entry he wrote after he’d taken his first kit of milk off two cows he’d bought that morning in Leyburn on 6 April 1956:

Sally Stone’s diary from Karen Griffiths on Vimeo.

We were also very excited to meet Ian Millward who managed the Creamery in Hawes during the 1980s and early 90s. He brought lots of items with him including an unusual aluminium container which he told us all about:

Ian Millward’s Rennet tester from Karen Griffiths on Vimeo.

Finally, a big thank you to Stage 1 Cycles who provided us with some of the best cheese scones I think we’ve ever tasted, and not forgetting the curd tart which also went down a storm!

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