Cumbria Archive Service - latest news

Changes to Archive Service charges from 1 April 2022

On 27 January 2022, the Cabinet of Cumbria County Council agreed a range of changes to costs and charges for services provided by the Council. These include the following for Cumbria Archive Service:
Hourly rate for digitisation, look-ups and copying: increase of 3.8%. This increases the hourly rate from £52 to £54 pro-rata, or £13.00 to £13.50 per 15 minutes.

A full list of new charges to services of Cumbria Archive Service (PDF 48KB). Most of these charges are currently not implemented due to changes in our services following Covid-19.

Collections currently unavailable at Carlisle Archive Centre

With effect from 30 November 2021. 
Due to a mechanical problem in one of our strongrooms at Carlisle Archive Centre, the collections below are currently unavailable. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COLLECTION REFERENCE
DB 1-74
DB 129-184
D/ASH
D/AY
D/BD 10
D/BD 12
DBS
DBW
DCB
DCART/B
DCART
DCART/C
DCC
DCL/LT
DCL/IT
DCL
DCR
DEW
DHA
DHC
DHG
DHGB
DHOD
DHUD
DHW
DIG
DING
DKEN
DKIN
DLAW
DMART
DMAW
DMBS
DMH
DMIL
DMIL/MOUNSEY
DMSH
DMUS
DNT
DOB
DPB
DRGL
DRIC
DRIL
DS
DS ADMIN REG
DSA
DSHEFF
DSIB
DSL
DSO 1-135
DTH
DWBS
DYB
DVAN
DWAL
DWYB
SCONS/4
SPC 1-112
SSR/1

Coronavirus in Cumbria: documenting the pandemic in our county

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The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted on all aspects of life and is likely to have far reaching consequences for individuals, communities and the economy.

All our archive centres and libraries are closed to the public for the first time ever but Cumbria Archive Service continues its work.  We are seeking your help to assist us in recording the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Cumbria for future generations.

You can help us create a community archive of Cumbrian pandemic related records, which will be catalogued, preserved and made available for research by doing the following:

  • Write about your experience of the pandemic: this may be about single memory or event; in the form a diary over several days or weeks, or a creative piece (story or poem)
  • Take a photograph which shows how the pandemic has affected you or your community in Cumbria*
  • Produce an audio or video recording about your experiences
  • Collect leaflets/flyers/posters or similar digital content from local government, schools, local businesses, local voluntary or community organisations which provide information about closures, changes in operation, social distancing and efforts to help vulnerable people

*Please note that when taking photographs that you have the consent of any person in the image or that they cannot be identified.

We ask that material for deposit with Cumbria Archive Service should be written, printed, or digital.  All material should wholly or mostly relate to Cumbria for us to accept it.

You can deposit your material with us as follows:

Email digital files and content to barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk (our Barrow office will collect all this material for all the county during the lockdown period).

Post written and printed material to one of our Archive Centres, or hand these over to us when our Archive Centres have re-opened.

It is important that you do not risk your own or anyone else's health whilst gathering this material. Please follow Covid-19 advice issued by HM Government and Cumbria County Council.

For further information please contact Susan Benson at Barrow Archive Centre. Email: barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk