Skell Valley Project: Digging Deep in The Archives

The West Yorkshire Archive Service Leeds are proud to be a partner in the Skell Valley Project, run by the National Trust and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Sixteen organisations have come together to deliver this National Heritage Lottery Funded project focussing on 12 miles of the River Skell, running from Dallowgill Moor, through the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and then into the City of Ripon.

The Digging Deep in the Archives project aims to involve local community members, special interest groups and pupils in a research and recording project focussed on the heritage and landscape features of the Skell Valley. The extensive archive of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are owned by the West Yorkshire Archive Service Leeds and we aim to discover more about the history of the Skell Valley region using these fantastic records.

Digging Deep in the Archives Volunteers

We have a wonderful team of volunteers helping us to transcribe, and make accessible, the contents of the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate archive. For those already involved in the project, full guidance on how transcribe the archives as part of this project can be found here:

Find out more about the Skell Valley Project from the National Trust’s website.