Next event: 'A Most Remarkable Women': the wartime life of Olga Baudot de Rouville, Nurse, French Resistance operative and MI9 agent, venue: Whitehaven Archive Centre, 1 December 2015-29 January 2016
See the fascinating original archives of Olga alias Thérèse Martin (1891-1979) who was awarded the Croix de Guerre in 1947 for her service as an agent, courier and liaison officer in the ‘PAT’ escape line in Northern France during World War Two. She was credited with aiding the escape of at least 30 British soldiers and airmen, as well as earning the devoted admiration of the British troops she nursed at Lille in the aftermath of the disaster of Dunkirk, 1940. She came to stay near Cockermouth in 1947 and departed soon after for Ireland, leaving all her wartime papers behind. She died and was buried in Brittany in 1979 but her life for the preceding 30 years remains an enigma.
On now: 'Explore Your Archive - the Great Outdoors' at Barrow Archives, to 24 December 2015
Climbing, fell walking, boating, gliding and cycling with records of a trip to Scout Moot in Norway and log of fell walks
Future events, 2016
150th anniversary of the founding of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS) in 1866. A special anniversary display and exhibition of archives will be on show as follows:
Carisle Archive Centre: 8 January-13 February 2016
An exhibition of archives from the founding and early years of the CWAAS.
Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre: 19 February-26 March 2016
A display of archives from significant West Cumbrian CWAAS members and researchers, Mary Fair, Rev W M Slater Sykes, W N Thompson and Dr John M Todd
Kendal Archive Centre: 25 June-22 July 2016
Archives associated with an education project about World War One supported by CWAAS
Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre: 4 November-10 December 2016
Archives of the CWAAS in relation to Furness Abbey