Two unique historical projects will celebrate the Great Yorkshire Show’s 160th anniversary at this year’s event.

The Yorkshire Film Archive and Washburn Heritage Centre have both created special displays to let visitors to the show on Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July see both farming down the years and earlier Great Yorkshire Shows.

In a first for the show, a big screen will be installed on the President’s Lawn to show film of previous Great Yorkshire Shows put together by the Yorkshire Film Archive’s team. The specially-curated short films will also be shown on the big screen in the main ring and in the Exhibition Room at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

A sneak preview of some of the fabulous footage spanning the decades will be rolled out on social media from tonight and every Monday until the show to give a taster of what’s in store.

Yorkshire Film Archive Manager Graham Relton said: “We were delighted to be asked to help with this project and we scoured the millions of feet in our vaults to uncover the really iconic and most engaging material on both Yorkshire agriculture and the Great Yorkshire Show over the last 100 years.’

The Washburn Heritage Centre at Fewston has also put together a special exhibition of historical farming scenes which will be staged in the Seminar Room at the Yorkshire Exhibition Centre. The award-winning centre was opened in 2011 at Fewston Church and promotes the unique heritage of the valley. Staffed mainly by volunteers, visitors can enjoy an extensive programme of events and exhibitions and take advantage of a tea room at weekends.

Under the leadership of Archive Leader Deborah Power, a team from the centre has created a series of interpretive panels, both on farming in the Washburn valley and on the show itself. Nine of the boards feature the show, taking different themes such as agricultural machinery through the years, boundaries, particularly drystone walls, and, to mark 100 years of female emancipation this year, looking at the role of women in agriculture.


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