Call for young time detectives in Nidderdale

Club members learning pike drill (s)
Club members learning pike drill (s)

Young time detectives are invited to join a club that investigates the fascinating history of the Dales.

The Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club is looking for new members.

The Yorkshire Dales Young Archaeologists’ Club (YDYAC) is a collaboration between the Council for British Archaeology and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, which owns the Dales Countryside Museum.

It is part of the Young Archaeologists’ Club, the only UK-wide club for young people up to the age of 17 who are interested in archaeology, and is a great way for young people to investigate their local heritage.

Museum Officer Debbie Allen said: “We currently have 25 members and we meet, on average, one Saturday morning a month to take part in exciting activities like willow weaving, stone carving and mosaic making.

“Since the Club was formed in 2006, we have had several annual themes including prehistory, the Romans, Vikings and Medieval times.

“The youngsters have also been able to learn about and practise different archaeological techniques, they have gone on several trips to historical sites and they have even helped in the filming of Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’.

“As well as potential new members, we are also interested in meeting people who could help run the club.”

Anyone interested in joining the club should contact the museum on 01969 666210 or email