Photographic talent showcased at Dales museum

THE Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes has launched its events programme for 2013 and there is something for everyone.

The first exhibition at the Museum, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), is showcasing the top 20 photos selected from the hundreds entered into the Authority’s ‘Your Yorkshire Dales: a snapshot’ competition.

The exhibition runs to February 27 but the photos will still be on display in the building until the end of September.

The competition was launched last year to accompany the development of the new management plan. The aim was to find out what people thought were the most important qualities of the National Park and they were invited to back up their visual entry with a brief written summary of their thoughts on what the area should offer for residents and visitors alike in years to come.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “We have a large selection of events planned for the year – old favourites and new additions too.

“There will be chances for people to try their hand at a range of different arts and crafts and there will be plenty of activities that we hope will bring to life the amazing cultural heritage of the National Park.”

Ian McPherson, the YDNPA’s member champion for promoting understanding, said: “The museum contains a treasure trove of items and information about this fantastic National Park and gives visitors a chance to learn more about what makes it such a special place.”

The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm and all the exhibitions are free and events are included in the Museum entry price (£4 adults, £3.50 con, free for under-16s) unless otherwise stated.