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Up-and-coming Archive Events

Book Launch: Secret Barrow by Gill Jepson

Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 7pm
Barrow-in-Furness has many secrets hidden in plain sight. The little town at the 'end of a cul-de-sac' has many secrets just waiting to be discovered, and in 'Secret Barrow-in-Furness' local author and historian Gill Jepson pulls back the curtains of history to reveal the forgotten, the strange, and the unlikely.

All are welcome. The event is free but please book a place
Telephone: 01229 407377

A Century of the Women`s Institute

Members of the Carlisle WI

Find out about Friendship, Truth, Tolerance and Friendship in Cumbria through a century of the Women's Institute!

View records from the Cumberland Cumbria Federation of Women's Institute, whilst enjoying a cream tea [small charge applies].

Book your free place, for Tuesday 5th September 2017 between 2pm-4pm, please e-mail or telephone 01228 227284.

Tales from the Bunker

For Heritage Open Day on Saturday 9 September 2017, 1:00 - 4:00pm, Kendal Archive Centre will be running tours of the Emergency Control Centre (Nuclear Bunker) in the lower ground floor of Kendal County Offices. There's still quite a bit to be seen of this facility which was installed in the 1960s following the Cuban Missile Crisis and was modified in the 1980s.  Visitors can hear a bit about the bunker, to set it in context, and see original documents, and a display. There is no charge for this event and no booking is required. For further information please contact Kendal Archive Centre or visit
We look forward to seeing you there.

Tour of Carlisle Archive Centre

Heritage Open Day


Sneak a peek behind the strongroom door!

As part of Heritage Open Days 2017, Carlisle Archives are running free tours to see behind the strongroom door. Learn about the history of Lady Gillford's House and see some of our unique collections.

To book a place on a tour at 11am or 14:30pm on Thursday 7th September 2017, please e-mail or telephone 01228 227284.

Discovery Open Evenings at Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

Archives showcase event
  • Interested in your local history? Miners or mariners in the family? Are you curious about what west Cumbria was like to live and work in 100 years ago? 

  • Explore specially selected archives and dig into the past at the Discovery Open Evenings, third Tuesday of every month.

'Ladies' Night', Tuesday 19 September, 7-9pm  This month its one particularly for the ladies. We shall present archives reflecting the changing face of women's activities over the generations from diary keeping to baking to high office. Everyone very welcome, men included!
Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available, and it's all free.
No booking is required - just turn up. If you'd like more information, please contact Whitehaven Archives

William Pit disaster, 1947: a 70th anniversary commemorative exhibition

Whitehaven Archive Centre will be staging an exhibition of original documents relating to the Whitehaven William Pit of 15 August 1947 in which 104 mineworkers died.  The exhibition features papers relating to the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the official inquiry held subsequently, newspaper reports and photographs, records relating to the compensation paid to dependants and papers relating to the 1956 holidays in Czechoslovakia organised for the widows and children of miners killed in 1947.
The exhibition starts on Wednesday 12 July 2017 and runs until Friday 1 September 2017. There is no admission fee, the usual conditions relating to admission to the Archive Centre apply. For further information please email: or telephone 01946 506420.