Settle Stories is an Arts and Heritage Charity based in the the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Established in 2010 we use stories and storytelling to touch the lives of ordinary people and strengthen communities.
There are three main strands to our work.
- The Settle Storytelling Festival
- The W.R. Mitchell Archive
- The Learning Programme
The Settle Storytelling Festival brings internationally known and award winning artists to Settle for families and people from all sections of the community to enjoy. In addition we also celebrate and profile the stories of Yorkshire. Our audience for the festival comes from accross the UK and audiences have doubled in size since our first festival in 2010.
In early 2012, we established the W.R. Mitchell Archive which preserves the vivid oral histories from Yorkshire in a digital library of recordings. Most have never been heard since they were recorded. The recordings were collected by journalist and Dalesman Bill Mitchell over a period of sixty years.
The Learning Programme is a chance for people of all ages to develop their storymaking and storytelling skills in a supportive environment. We run regular workshops in schools and for the general public as well as provide a Storytelling Club for people to practice their skills.
Our Corporate Training programme helps organisations and businesses to transform the way they communicate with their staff, clients, customers and suppliers.
We receive project funding from Arts Council England, Craven District Council, Settle Town Council and have successfully fundraised from other trusts and foundations. We are based in Settle Town Hall.
Settle Stories Website :- http://www.settlestories.org.uk
WR Mitchell Archive website :- http://www.wrmitchellarchive.org.uk/
Twitter :- @settlestories