Big things happening in tiny Swaledale village

Big things are taking place in the tiny village of Keld at the top of Swaledale.

Keld Resource Centre is a registered charity based in Keld. Since 2008 the charity has restored the Manse to run as a holiday cottage, created a wellbeing garden near the church yard and restored the Old Literary Institute to provide an events space on the first floor, and a visitor information centre on the ground floor, which was formerly a stable.

Last year, volunteers finally raised sufficient funds through grants and donations to restore the Old School building, a much-loved building in the village, that had been derelict for decades.

The Old School is now home to a living heritage museum with many artefacts donated by local dales people. In October 2022 the museum exhibition grew when the Swaledale Museum in Reeth donated and transferred to Keld their collection, which had been started in the 1960’s by Erica and Donald Law with the aim of preserving the heritage and traditions of the dale. The collection was then taken over and further curated by Helen and Alan Bainbridge.

Helen Guy, Keld Resource centre manager, said: “Keld Old School is now fully restored to continue its original purpose of being a place of education, and to help showcase Swaledale’s past and traditions including lead mining, farming, shoe and clog making, cheese and butter making, village schools and education, hobbies and handicrafts.

“We are also developing a document and image archive office where people can spend time researching family or local history.”

Both the Old School Living Heritage Museum and Keld Resource Visitor Centre are open daily from 9am to 5pm, so please call in.

Admission is free but donations welcome for the upkeep of the buildings.

Additionally, the charity runs an events programme running throughout the year helping to promote the beauty of Keld and Upper Swaledale.

The events include guided walks, workshops, informative talks and presentations.

For more information and to view the 2023 events programme please visit or Eventbrite.

You can also follow Keld Resource Centre on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



  1. My husband’s aunt, Dorothy Hill was headmistress of Reeth school in the 1960’s. Many happy memories of staying in the school house with her.

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