Sad news: Bill Mitchell, journalist, historian and University of Bradford honorary graduate, died yesterday, aged 87.
Bill needs no introduction to anyone with an interest in the Yorkshire Dales: the first editor of the Dalesman Magazine and a prolific contributor to other journals, he wrote hundreds of books and articles about Dales people, landscape and wildlife. Throughout his career he applied and often quoted the principle “People before things”, said to him by Dalesman founder Harry Scott in 1948.
Bill was a lovely person, with an incredible fund of engaging anecdotes and lively stories. He will be much missed.
Find out more about Bill’s life, works and archives:
- The W.R. Mitchell Archive (Settle)
- W.R. Mitchell collections at the University of Bradford
- By Gum, Life were Sparse: Bill Mitchell’s Yorkshire Dales Scrapbooks. Object 83 of our 100 Objects exhibition.