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Booking form for meeting room, conference or exhibition space available for hire at Carlisle Archives. Details and booking form (1MB, PDF)

Computers, to allow brief ‘look-ups’ of useful websites, including Ancestry, to complement other sources for Local History and local Family History, are available in this searchroom.  Staff will be happy to point them out to you.

New Carlisle Archive Centre: Open for Business

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Getting to Carlisle Archive Centre (postcode CA1 3AJ) - free car parking on site:  

By car from North, East & South:  From M6 Junction 42 take the A6 exit (signposted Carlisle), drive through Carleton village and follow London Road until you see Aldi supermarket on the left.  Turn left into Petteril Bank Road and the Centre is on the left after the turn to Lightfoot Drive.

By car from West/City Centre: Follow signs for A6 South and follow Botchergate/London Road for approx 2 miles until you see Aldi supermarket on the right.  Turn right into Petteril Bank Road and the Centre is on the left after the turn to Lightfoot Drive.

By bus: On bus routes 60 and 63 from city centre bus station in Lowther Street. 

By train: The nearest main line railway station is Carlisle which is 2 miles from the Archive Centre; taxi, bus or walk to South Carlisle.
By taxi: There is a taxi rank opposite the railway station with fare from railway station approx £5.  Ask for Carlisle Archives at Lady Gillford's House.
The archives also offers:
Library Links, Film Archive display, refreshment area with hot drinks machine, toilets, copying facilities, publications for sale, research service, wheelchair access and hearing loop

Location of Archive Centre (link to Google maps)

Sources available at this Archive Centre include:  Original documents from the twelfth century to the present day, relating to the part of the historic county of Cumberland which is north of the River Derwent. The areas around Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith and Maryport are amongst those for which material is available.

We hold the archives of:  Church of England Parishes ** Nonconformist Churches ** Local Authorities Diocese of Carlisle, Dean & Chapter of Carlisle Cathedral, Schools, Businesses and Industries, Families and Landed Estates Civil Parishes, Solicitors, Societies, Official records

Other material will include:
I.G.I. for the Northern Counties **  Census returns 1841-1901 for Cumberland**  1881 census transcript and index to Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man**  Newspapers on microfilm only (Carlisle Patriot 1815-1910 and Penrith Observer 1861-1906 only)**  Ordnance Survey maps Probate records, 1564-1941**  Trade Directories

** Many of these records are available on microfilm or fiche

Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle
Lady Gillford`s House
Petteril Bank Road
Tel:01228 227285 or 227284
Fax:01228 607270

Opening Times:

Monday CLOSED : Tuesday 9.30-17.00 : Wednesday 9.30-17.00 : Thursday 9.30-17.00 : Friday 9.30-17.00

Saturday  9.30-16.00 every second Saturday in the month (see below)

Carlisle Archive Centre will be open on the following Saturdays in 2012:  14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December