Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

Scotch Street
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7NL

Telephone: 01946 506420

Email:  whitehaven.archives@cumbria.gov.uk

Original historical documents dating from the twelfth century to the present day relating to the area of West Cumbria bounded by the River Derwent in the North and the River Duddon in the South. The areas around Workington, Cockermouth, and Whitehaven are amongst those for which material is available. 

These include: 

  • Businesses and Industries
  • Church of England Parishes 
  • Civil Parishes
  • Landed Estates, Solicitors, Societies. 
  • Local Authorities
  • Nonconformist Churches 
  • Official records
  • Schools.
  • 1881 census transcript and index to Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man 
  • 1901 modern county of Cumbria
  • Census returns 1841-1891 for Cumberland
  • Electoral rolls, 1832-2002
  • Index to civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths (England and Wales), 1837-2003
  • Newspapers (such as Whitehaven News and Cumberland Pacquet) 
  • Ordnance Survey maps
  • Probate records, Deanery of Copeland 1541-1858 
  • Trade Directories. 

Many of these records are available on microfilm/fiche.

The Local Studies Library contains an important collection of books, illustrations, journals, reports and other printed and original materials relating to all aspects of life in Whitehaven and West Cumbria up to the present day.

  • 2 public access computers to allow brief 'look-ups' of a limited selection of useful websites containing local sources, including CASCAT, Ancestry and Find My Past
  • refreshment area
  • toilets
  • photocopying facilities
  • publications for sale
  • wheelchair access and hearing loop. 

Our Prior Ordering page gives details of collections which require advance ordering before a visit to our Archive Centres. If you would like to deposit/donate records, please visit our Depositing Records webpage before making your visit. We accept only cash or UK cheques in our Archive Centres.  

If you want to see original archives you will need to obtain or already have a valid County Archive Research Network (CARN) archive reader's ticket.

Finding the Centre, parking and access
LocationDisabled AccessCar ParkingBusesTrains
Town Centre adjacent to Police StationYes (customer lift)Yes (own car park behind building)10 minute walk to bus station10 minute walk to train station