The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Dialect and Heritage project would not have been possible without the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
A grant of £530,500 was awarded to the University of Leeds to make the project a reality.

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Avoncroft Museum, Worcestershire

Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 historic buildings and structures which have been rescued and rebuilt in rural Worcestershire. Together they cover over 700 years of Midlands history. The museum is spread over 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings.

Dales Countryside Museum Building

Dales Countryside Museum, North Yorkshire

The Dales Countryside Museum shares the fascinating stories of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Through exploring the Museum’s galleries, railway carriage displays, special exhibitions and outdoor trail, visitors have the chance to discover more about the people who have helped shape this unique landscape over thousands of years.

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Food Museum, Suffolk

The UK’s Food Museum, located in East Anglia, ‘Britain’s Breadbasket’. Their mission is to connect people with where our food comes from and the impact of our choices: past, present and future. Their collection is rooted in East Anglia and is used to tell broad and inclusive stories.


Ryedale Folk Museum in the North York Moors National Park

Nestled in the picturesque village of Hutton le Hole in the North York Moors National Park, the Ryedale Folk Museum tells the story of people in the area since pre-history. Visitors can step back in time and explore the museum’s wide-ranging collection, and twenty heritage buildings, including an original Edwardian daylight photographic studio, a cruck-framed Elizabethan Manor House and a 1950s village shop and Post Office.

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Weald & Downland Living Museum, West Sussex

Visitors to the Weald & Downland Living Museum can discover over 50 historic buildings, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years. These include a working watermill, Bayleaf Tudor farmhouse and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen to the Newdigate bakehouse, which was still working in the early 1930s. The museum has a regular programme of demonstrations and events throughout the year. It also runs lifelong learning programmes, including two MSc courses.

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Brotherton Research Centre, University of Leeds

Leeds University Library’s Special Collections is the home of hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art. Our collections offer a rich resource for staff, students, and the wider research community.

Our research centre has undergone significant improvements and you can now book to visit and consult material in the newly refurbished Brotherton Research Centre. Learn more about how to plan and book your visit.