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Opening times:

Every Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30-12.30, 13.30-17.00
Wednesday: 9.30-12.30, 13.30-19.00

Saturday: 9.00-13.00 every other Saturday
Saturday openings, Nov-Dec 2015   
7, 21 November; 5, 19 December 2015.

Christmas closure: Whitehaven Archives will close at 12.30pm on Thurs 24 Dec 2015 and reopen at 9.30am on Tues 5 Jan 2016.

Contact details

Tel: (01946) 506420

Whitehaven Archives location

Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

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Scotch Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7NL

Sources available at this Archive Centre include:
Original historical documents dating from the twelfth century to the present day relating to the area of West Cumbria bounded by the River Derwent in the North and the River Duddon in the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: Church of England Parishes **, Nonconformist Churches **, Local Authorities, Official records, Civil Parishes, Schools, Businesses and Industries, Landed Estates, Solicitors, Societies.

Other material includes:  Census returns 1841-1891 for Cumberland**, 1901 modern county of Cumbria**, 1881 census transcript and index to Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man **, Newspapers (such as Whitehaven News and Cumberland Pacquet) **, Ordnance Survey maps, Probate records, Deanery of Copeland 1541-1858 **, Electoral rolls, 1832-2002, Index to civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths (England & Wales), 1837-2003**, 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.

Please note: Original archives will be produced on weekdays between 9.30 am and 5 pm. Original archives will be only be produced between 5 pm and 7pm on Wednesdays, and on Saturdays if these have been pre-ordered in advance.

The centre also offers: Two 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, research service, wheelchair access and hearing loop.

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