Surveying Traditional Farm Buildings

A few of our volunteers recently attended a workshop in surveying traditional farm buildings. Being able to survey and record the field barns in Swaledale is integral in being able to protect the barns (and other traditional farm buildings) that make the area one of the largest conservation areas in the country! The volunteers were lucky enough to be learning about traditional farm buildings from expert, Robert White, who is also YDNPA’s previous Senior Historic Environment Officer.

This workshop taught skills in recording, measuring and describing historic farm buildings which they can then use to survey barns independently. The information that they collect will then be submitted to our Historic Environment Record so that the condition of the buildings can be monitored over time.

Another two-day surveying workshop is being held at Keld Resource Centre the weekend of 20th and 21st of May and we still have a couple of places left. If you would like to come along please email either or