ERG are a working group within the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (UWHG). Initially set up for documentary research work to support the Whitfield Syke Project in 2010, ERG continue to work as a research group focusing on several aspects of the local history and historic landscape of the parish of Embsay-with-Eastby, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales.
In addition, we are currently working in partnership with the St Mary's Embsay Churchyard Survey Project team.
Friday, 18 November 2016
Thursday 18 November 2016
At the invitation of Long Preston Heritage Group three of us
visited Long Preston today to tell them about our churchyard survey project at
Embsay. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and were well fed with plenty of
Members of the committee and a couple of other interested
local residents listened patiently to our three presentations – Sue gave an
overview of the way the project has been managed and evolved over the past two
years or so; Jane explained how the data collected and photographic collection can
be analysed for a broader understanding of the cultural and social significance
of the gravestones; and Alan explained the technique of RTI photography which
has proved so useful in the project.
Sue chats about the project while Alan sets up the RTI demo
For the afternoon, we had planned a practical demonstration
of RTI but the persistent rain meant we were driven indoors. So Alan set up a
demo of the technique inside the church where a very lovely Jacobean bench-seat
provided a good substitute for a gravestone.
Alan, Sue & Tony run the RTI demo inside Long Preston church
Some of the Long Preston Group then came back with us to the
village hall where Alan wowed them with a demonstration of the RTI Viewer
We hope very much that the Long Preston Heritage Group will
be inspired to run their own churchyard survey, and look forward to sharing our
experience with them if they decide to go ahead.
Our thanks to them all for showing such an interest in our
project and giving us such a warm welcome.