As part of our Stories and Treasures of Street and Dales project, the Museum team and our fantastic volunteers have been out and about in Craven collecting the incredible untold stories of local people.
After a very interesting oral history workshop in September, where we learnt the best techniques to use for carrying out our interviews, we sent a call out to locals asking if they would like to share their memories with the museum team.
As part of the process, we visited coffee mornings and local groups to speak to Craven people who might want to take part. We also published some inspirational images in the Craven Herald that we hoped would spark some interesting stories – take a look at the gallery below!
We’ve had some brilliant responses and have interviewed 10 people as part of the project. The interviews are currently being transcribed in full, but here are a few extracts that give an exciting insight into some of the stories that have been shared with us.
“So there’s all these… aspect[s] of caving, as well as the adrenaline, feeling the fear like I say, and loving it and going beyond your own boundaries as a person. Because you have to in my sort of style of caving. I’m what’s known as a pusher – now a pusher is someone who goes beyond where the guide book says ‘the cave finishes here’.”Richard, a local caver
“[The grocer’s shop] had vans that went right, they used to go up to Arncliffe, you know right up the Dales. My Dad used to go round, for example on a Monday, then they’d deliver on a Wednesday. Dad took the orders, then took the orders back to the shop. The orders were put up, and then they were taken out and delivered… he took his duplicate book with him and wrote down what they wanted… I used to go with him up the Dales and take a picnic, and get everybody’s order.”Margaret, whose Dad owned the grocer’s ‘Stockdale & Helm’s’ in Skipton
“[Talking about his pair of clogs] A man called Alph Whiteoak made them… I used to pick his milk up and asked me, he said he made clogs. I always wore clogs so I asked him to make me a pair and those clogs, I got them… I think it were about 1968… I used to wear them going abroad. They all, the Italians and the French, looked at me clogs and couldn’t weigh them up at all… [They were] ‘clogged’ for me, which is [to add] a new wood sole, but it was the same clog, it was the same top. So those clogs lasted me until I gave up driving. They lasted me until 2002.”John, who owned his own haulage business
We’re hoping to use some of these interviews to help enrich our new museum exhibits, allowing the voices of local people to contribute to the amazing story of Craven throughout the years.
Have these stories inspired you to share a memory of growing up, living or working in Craven? It’s not too late to take part! Check out our ‘Your Memories’ page for more information about how you can get involved in the project.