Up-and-coming Archive Events

The Poor Law, Small Bills and Petty Finance, 1700-1834, Project

What is it?
Before the modern welfare system it was the responsibility of each parish to provide food, clothes, housing and medical care for the sick, infirm and old, and to support those who found themselves unemployed, or whose income was insufficient to maintain their dependants. This generated a huge amount of paperwork in the process, much of it in the form of bills and receipts or overseers' vouchers. Through itemised shop bills, Small Bills and Petty Finance 1700-1834 is a study of ordinary people who have been left out of history. Small Bills and Petty Finance is a collaborative project between the universities of Keele and Sussex, and the archive services of Cumbria, East Sussex and Staffordshire with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Its aim is to investigate the provision of goods and services needed to keep the poor alive under the Old Poor Law. It presents an exciting an innovative approach to research by involving archival volunteers in academic historical enquiry. If you have an interest in local and family history, or are looking for new sources of information, then this project is for you.

How can people get involved?
The project is seeking archival volunteers to unfold, read and enter the contents of the overseers' vouchers into a searchable database. During the three-year project volunteers will be provided with on-going support and opportunities to contribute to its outputs including writing blog entries, developing study and research skills and
learning from each other's knowledge and experience.

How much time will volunteering take?
We ask that volunteers make a flexible but regular commitment of their time. As a guide, volunteers will meet once a week, for two hours.
  
Where can people find out more information?
If you would like more information about the project or are interested in volunteering, a Launch Event detailing the aims and scope of the research, alongside presentations and a small exhibition is taking place between 10.00 am and 1.00pm on 21 April 2018 at the Carlisle Archive Centre, Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle, CA1 3AJ. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions. The event is free and if you wish to attend please contact
http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/archivecentres/cac.asp or email carlisle.archives@cumbria.gov.uk to reserve a place.
If you are unable to attend the launch event but would like further information please email Dr Peter Collinge at p.r.collinge@keele.ac.uk or click here.

Discovery Open Evenings at Carlisle Archive Centre

On the Right Track: a Celebration of Railway Heritage in Cumbria


Come along and see a display of archive material showcasing the development, operation and changing fortunes of the railway industry in North Cumbria. Includes original documents, photographs and plans


The Discovery Evening will be on Tuesday 15 May, 4pm-7pm at Carlisle Archives, Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle.

Admission free. Please call into Carlisle Archives or Carlisle Library to reserve your place (or phone the Archives on 01228 227284 or book online at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-the-right-track-a-celebration-of-railway-heritage-in-cumbria-tickets-45190357576?aff=eac2. Refreshments will be available.