Swaledale Museum

Since 2004 the Swaledale Museum has opened its archives to the public, which includes a library of publications on local subjects including unpublished MA theses. It is continually growing. Our online image archive has over 4,800 viewable entries.

Please contact us preferably by e-mail in advance to book a session, giving us an idea of the area you are researching. We are friendly and helpful and have access to a wide network of local knowledge.Thanks to our status as Archive Ambassador we are linked to North Yorkshire County Record Office, and have many of the guides to their collections on hand for you to consult on site. We are also linked to the Upper Dales family History Group who can give specialist advice.

The Archive, like the Museum is run by volunteers so we ask for help to cover our expenses and raise funds to buy more conservation materials and storage equipment.

• £20 per person per day
• £1.50p per A4 & £3.00 per A3 b&w photocopy
• £2 per scan
• Digital camera licence £25 per day

Donations are always welcome!


Pre-booked groups of between 10 and 40 can be offered customised, curator-led sessions at £8 per head.
(For schools we require that teachers and assistants be in attendance).
Ideal for WI, Probus, Duke of Edinburgh, special interest groups etc.

The emphasis is on stimulating curiosity, hands-on activity, and a lively and entertaining engagement with the objects.
We also offer refreshments, special screenings and local walks for your group.

Suggestions for tours welcome - the following give an idea of existing sessions.

• A short history of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale from geological foundations to the 1900s.

• Learn about lead, its formation, mining, use and the community to which it was central..

• The rich craft tradition of the Dales from knitting to proddy rug making.

• Swaledale as inspiration for artists & novelists

Access our archive online via the SWAAG site - click here.

The short films below have been created by our digital archivist to show you the sort of material we have, and the local people with whom we are connected.