Dairy Days Open Day a success

Nearly fifty people joined us in Askrigg village hall last week to sample cheese, discuss the progress of the project and watch demonstrations of butter and kefir making.

Several local historians brought along their current research including Geoffrey Keeble from the Middleham and Dales Local History Group who is doing some fascinating work into the role of the Women’s Land Army in dairying in the dale during the war.

Geoffrey Keeble setting up the local history area
Geoffrey Keeble setting up the local history area

We were delighted that people with family or personal memories of dairying in the dale came in and also brought photos and objects to complement the ones we had on display.  We also signed up several new people for the oral history side of the project.

Dairying artefacts from the Dales Countryside Museum
Dairying artefacts from the Dales Countryside Museum

The coffee and tea flowed and everyone enjoyed the superb cheese scones and fruit scones with cream and jam brought down from the Humble Pie shop.

Chatting over scones and a cuppa
Chatting over scones and a cuppa

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