We’re now in recovery mode after an absolutely wonderful exhibition launch at the Dales Countryside Museum yesterday afternoon. We invited everyone who has participated in the project so far including those whose oral histories we’ve recorded and all those volunteers have taken part in excavations; fieldwork; oral history recording; research and more.
As well as a first chance to see the brand new exhibition we also laid on a fabulous spread of themed food and drink.
- Cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery including a blue Wensleydale and a Coverdale
- Cheese from Ribblesdale Cheese company including their fabulous ‘Owd Ewe’ sheeps milk cheese and an unpasteurised Wensleydale
- Oatcakes from Cocketts in Hawes
- A selection of different ‘Chutneys for Cheese’ kindly given to us by Raydale Preserves
- White chocolate milk shakes made with The Curlew Dairy milk
- ‘Blue Wensleydale’ cocktails made from Black Cow milk vodka; whole milk from The Curlew Dairy and blackberry syrup
- Vanilla ice-cream freshly made by Wensleydale Ice Cream
Around 80 people turned up over the three hours and we received some fantastic and very positive feedback. Jane Sammells of Curriculum Kitchen laid on a butter making demonstration for us and that sparked off a lot of nostalgic reminiscence as people had a go with the traditional glass churn we’d bought along.
It was lovely to thank all the people who had helped us with the project and put faces to some of the voices we’ve been transcribing from the oral history recording.