Up-and-coming Archive Events

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, 7pm-9pm.

The Armistice Remembered: a century since the end of the war to end all wars. We will mark this event and look at the ways the Armistice was reported and how we now remember our war dead.

Tuesday 20 November. 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

Barrow in 1918 exhibition

Barrow in 1918

An exhibition looking at life at the end of the First World War, including what the munitions works did once the war was over, how the town celebrated the peace treaty and dealt with the Spanish Flu.

Produced by Barrow Archives, on display in Barrow Library from 26 October 2018 to 31 January 2019. Free.

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday, 9.30am - 6pm

Friday, 9.30am - 5pm

Saturday, 10 am - 4pm

Poverty and Parish Relief in Cumberland and beyond up to 1834

Study Day with Cumbria Archive Service and Keele University History Department, Wednesday 5 December 2018
The Poor Laws operated continuously in England from 1601 until they were overhauled in 1834. This study day looks at the consequences of that law both for the poor people the laws tried to support and the parish officials, tradesmen, and others who applied the law. It draws on new research, made possible by an archival volunteer group at Carlisle, to unfold and understand the ephemeral documents or 'vouchers' used to track payments and other goods and services bought by the poor law. It features talks about the ongoing project, posters and a chance to look at and handle the 'vouchers' we've been reading.

10.00 Welcome: Dr Pete Collinge (Keele University), Introduction to the Poor Law, Small Bills and Petty Finance, 1700-1834, project
10.15 Talk by Dr Pete Collinge: 'Bills, beans, receipts and radishes: accounting for the workhouse garden'
11.00 Talk by Dr Lizzie Spencer (York University): 'Accounting for the pauper wardrobe' 11.45 Poster presentations about the research conducted by the project's volunteers
12.15 Lunch: bring your own
13.30 Hands-on session: these are the documents we've been talking about
14.15 Talk by Prof Alannah Tomkins (Keele University): 'Writing the lives of ordinary people'
15.00 End

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018, 10.00-15.00

Venue: Education Room, Carlisle Archive Centre, Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle, CA1 3AJ

The event is free of charge but booking is required: To reserve tickets please use our Eventbrite page. Tickets are also available from Carlisle Archive Centre