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Keld Resource Centre

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We conserve, promote and explain the unique heritage and environment of Upper Swaledale, supporting our community of residents and visitors.

We are a community-based charitable organisation working with local partners and the wider community in the remote, rural area of Upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.

What do we do?
  • Promote Upper Swaledale to visitors 
  • Explain our unique heritage, landscape and environment through exhibitions, events and guided walks
  • Conserve and improve the local built environment
  • Provide facilities for the community and visitors
  • Support the fragile rural economy and encourage economic development

We are funded through voluntary donations, our own activities and via partnerships with other charities, local authorities and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

We are two thirds of the way through our programme to restore three heritage buildings in Keld and return them to productive use.

We have opened a holiday cottage,  the Countryside & Heritage Centre, a well-being garden and a community orchard, as well as organising a thriving events and activity programme.

The Next Step: The Old School

In 2016 we completed the third stage of our project to bring our remarkable series of Grade II listed buildings back into productive, community use, creating the Upper Room - a stunning events and activity space, We are now turning our attention to the fourth and final phase: restoring the former Keld School.

The Keld School building was opened in 1842, and served as a rural village school through until closure in 1973.  After that it became a bunkhouse, used by visitors from all over the country.  But since 2001, the school has remained out of use, and deteriorating.  We now want to build on our success with the Manse and Literary Institute by refurbishing the school building, and finding new productive uses for it.


Charity No: 1135650

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