Historic butter-making photographs

Thursday 25 July, 2019, by Karen Griffiths

We’ve already shared some of ethnographer Werner Kissling’s photographs of cheese-making on this blog and now we have had a sequence showing butter-making on the same farm in Swaledale in the early 1960s digitised for us by the people over at Leeds University Library.

Buttermaking. Early 1960s. © University of Leeds. Reproduced with the permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library. Photographer Werner Kissling
Butter-making. Early 1960s. © University of Leeds. Reproduced with the permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library. Photographer Werner Kissling

The sequence shows Mrs M E Scott of West Stonehouse Farm in Swaledale making butter in her farmhouse kitchen starting with the milk being ‘siled’ or sieved into a copper cheese kettle and ending with the shaped butter pats being stamped.

We’ve edited the photos along with Werner Kissling’s original captions into a short video which you can now view on YouTube.

Butter-making video sequence on YouTube

Read more about Werner Kissling’s life in this online exhibition from Dumfriess Museum

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Karen Griffiths

Interpretation Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Website: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

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