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Barrow Streets: Your Photos Our Town!

Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre would like to create a photographic record of the Borough in 2017-2018. You can contribute to Barrow Archives creation of a comprehensive and up-to-date photographic collection of the Borough of Barrow in Furness. We are looking for photographs of all the streets and not just prominent buildings. We would also like photographs of the inside of schools, churches, shops and public buildings.

Simply take photographs of commercial and residential streets, and notable buildings, from town centres, and suburban and rural areas in and around present day Barrow, Walney, Dalton, Lindal, Askam, Ireleth and Rampside. Please take a photograph and email it to

Attach your best photos, up to a maximum of four (or less than 35MB) to each email. Include the name of the street and buildings in the file name, and give your full name in the email. If you would like to donate printed photos from the past, or a large digital collection; or want further information on this project, email as above or call the Archives at Barrow Library on 01229 407377.

Once sufficient numbers of photographs have been received a webpage will be published. Contributors will be notified of this. Thank you for helping develop this important community resource for future generations.

Temporary disruption to productions of archives at Whitehaven Archive Centre, July 2017

During July 2017 a new air handling unit is being installed at Whitehaven Archive Centre to ensure we maintain optimum environmental conditions for archives stored in our strongroom. During this time the work may mean that some records cannot be produced for a short period. This disruption will be temporary and short term; the nature of the work means we cannot give accurate information on which records may have productions delayed or prevented but staff will advise users on the day of any records affected. We can advise that records in the Waugh and Musgrave collection references DWM/360-488 will not be available during July 2017.