Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes

Marie Hartley, Full Transcript

In this interview with W.R. Mitchell (WRM), Marie Hartley (MH) and Joan Ingilby (JI) reminisce about life in the Dales from the 1920s onwards. Marie Hartley describes the use of backcans to milk cows outdoors.

Marie Hartley became interested in the Yorkshire Dales when she went on walking holidays in the 1920s with Ella Pontefract. Later they would visit with their caravan, taking a week or two to travel across the Dales. During these trips they would collect items which can now be seen in the Dales Countryside Museum.

Marie Hartley, Audio Clip

Marie Hartley (MH) talks to Bill Mitchell (WRM) about the use of ‘back-cans’ used for milking cows out-doors. 

Marie Hartley

Joan Ingilby and Marie Hartley were historians who published many books about the Yorkshire Dales.

Marie was born in the town of Morley, close to Leeds, in 1905. She went on to study at Leeds College of Art then at the Slade School in London, specialising in wood engraving. Working with author Ella Pontefract, she used her skill to interpret Dales life.

After Ella died in 1945, Joan Ingilby joined Marie in writing books about the heritage of the area. Joan was born in 1911 at North Stainley, near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

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