Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre

Ramsden Square
LA14 1LL

Telephone: 01229 407377


Original historical documents relating to the area of Furness (Lancashire North of the Sands) and South West Cumberland, particularly for Barrow, Ulverston and Millom. 

These include: 

  • Church of England Parishes 
  • Nonconformist Churches 
  • Local Authorities 
  • Civil Parishes 
  • Schools 
  • Businesses and Industries 
  • Landed Estates 
  • Solicitors 
  • Societies. 

Significant collections include the estate papers of the Duke of Buccleuch, reflecting the local iron ore industry c1854-1963, and records of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. including gun mounting drawings c1898-1950. 

Many of these records are available on microfilm.

Census returns for Furness and Cartmel areas, and South Cumberland including Millom, 1841-1901, plus the 1881 census (indexed) for Lancashire, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Westmorland and the Isle of Man.

Newspapers including: 

  • Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser 1848-1914
  • Barrow News 1883-1985 
  • North Western Daily/Evening Mail 1898-1995
  • Millom Gazette 1892-1933

Ordnance Survey maps, Index to civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths (England and Wales), 1837-1996, Soldiers Who Died in the Great War CD-ROM, War Graves of the British Empire series. 

Many of these records are available on microfilm/fiche.

The Local Studies Library holds books relating to Barrow and the surrounding counties and an extensive collection of periodicals:

  • Chetham Society
  • Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
  • Fell and Rock Journal
  • Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
  • Lancashire and Cheshire Naturalist
  • Lancashire Parish Register Society
  • Northern History
  • Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • Surtees Society.
  • 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
  • photocopying facilities
  • wheelchair access and hearing loop. 
  • drinks machine available in adjoining library. 

Please note original archives will not be produced from the strongrooms between 1pm to 2pm

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 or 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) ticket.

Finding the Centre, parking and access
LocationDisabled AccessCar ParkingBusesTrains
Town Centre next to Barrow LibraryYesParking in the area limited to 2 hours. Free parking available at west end of Duke Street; pay and display car park behind Town Hall on Duke Street.Buses to Barrow stop on Duke Street across the road from the Archive Centre5-10 minute walk to train station. Trains run to Barrow from Carlisle, and from Preston and Lancaster.