MEMBERS of a Dales conservation project have invited people to discover the joys of archaeology at a special fun day.

The free event, at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on Saturday, May 25, is organised by Stories in Stone and includes various activities, demonstrations of surveying techniques and information stalls run by several archaeology groups from the area.

Stories in Stone is part of a programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Stories in Stone’s Hannah Rose said: “Surveys and excavations in our area have revealed so much fascinating archaeology that it seemed only right we celebrate the amazing history of where we live.

“We wanted to do something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age or previous knowledge, and we’re sure it will be a great and informative day.”

Interactive events will take place on Horton-in-Ribblesdale playing fields and St Oswald’s Church, and include stalls from the Dales Millennium Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Natural England, Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group, Ingleborough Archaeology Group and consultancy group CFA Archaeology.

There will also be two gravestone photography sessions at 10.30 am and 1.30pm.

Hannah added: “Using a simple photographic technique and computer software - which is freely available - barely legible inscriptions on gravestones can be revealed.

“This technique will be demonstrated for anyone interested in photography, graveyard surveys, and family history. Booking is essential as places will be limited.”

There’ll also be local food available, including produce from butchers Drake and Macefield and Bouncing Cows Ice Cream - as well as tea, coffee and cakes made by the St Oswald’s Church congregation.

l For more information and to book on the graveyard photography session, contact Stories in Stone at or telephone 01524 251002.