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Up-and-coming Archive Events

Book launch: `The Beer Houses of Barrow in Furness` at Barrow Archive Centre

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 7pm, at Barrow Archive Centre
Written by Alan Wilkinson, a local author, the book details the life of beer houses in Barrow from 1855 including stories taken from newspapers about the beer house keepers.Archives relating to the beer houses and public houses will be on show. 
The event is free but please contact us to please book a place. Email: or telephone 01229 407377.

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.

" Dear Diary…don't forget this month's open evening, Tuesday,17 July, 7-9pm!"  This month we take a peek into the diaries and journals which have come our way over the years, including Whitehaven shoemaker John Bragg who noted the fuss down at the harbour when John Paul Jones dropped in! Many more insights into West Cumbrian life of yesteryear.

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.