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Our Archive Centres in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven look after the documentary heritage of Cumbria from the middle ages to the present day. Archives offer inspiring learning opportunities to all age groups and we have a successful history of working with pupils and teachers at primary and secondary school level.

A visit to the archives adds an extra dimension to a childís or young personís learning experience and boosts their self confidence.  Cumbria Archive Service offers a broad range of learning opportunities for school aged children, and professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as supporting learning amongst the higher and further learning community.

How we can help schools and teachers

  • Advice to teachers 
  • Advice on sources and topics 
  • Photocopies of original documents
  • Hosting school and college visits
  • Providing sources for use in school
  • Resource packs and archive displays
  • Work experience opportunities for students and trainee teachers
  • Hosting in service training (INSET) sessions
  • Learning Links projects

School and Student Visits

Groups of pupils are welcome to visit the Archive Centres with their teacher or lecturer to look at original records relating to their area of study and an archivist will be available to help explain and interpret the records during the visit. We can normally accommodate 15-30 pupils at a time (depending on the facilities available at the Archive Centre in question), but to avoid disappointment please arrange visits as far in advance as possible.  School visits are free of charge.

Archive Service `Service to Schools` leaflet (PDF, 1.12MB)