The Group’s origins go back to 2010, when it became necessary to find storage for a large amount of Parish archive material, and it was felt that this could be located in the former High Chapel in the centre of Ravenstonedale village (for the Ravenstonedale Community website please click here). At the same time it was decided that the archive should be organised, catalogued and made available to anyone interested in viewing it. This work is ongoing!
The History Room, upstairs at the now renamed Ravenstonedale High Chapel Community and Heritage Centre, is open on Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm from February to December, and at other times by appointment (please phone 015396 23308, 07798 688057 or 015396 20605). Members and visitors are always welcome on Thursday afternoons (tea and coffee at 3pm!). Please wear a mask if you would feel more at ease doing so.
A monthly winter programme of talks began in autumn 2010, and usually this too is ongoing on the third Wednesday of every month from September to March at 7.30pm, downstairs at the High Chapel. Normally we now hold two of the talks in our programme, usually October and one of the winter ones, in the Hall at Newbiggin-on-Lune. Admission: members £2, non-members £3, including tea and coffee. In 2020-2021 the majority of our talks were presented on Zoom.
Membership runs from 1st January annually and costs £5 for one person, £7.50 for a family (at one address), and £10 for an organisation. Membership is free for students under 25.
We are affiliated to Cumbria Local History Federation, a group of over 80 societies and also individuals interested in the local history of our County. Click here for their website