Up and coming Archive events

Heritage Open Day Tour of Carlisle Archive Centre

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the strongroom door at Carlisle Archives? Find out for yourself by signing up for our free tour on Tuesday 17 September at 3pm. This is a rare opportunity to see our specialist storage facilities, to learn about the history of Lady Gillford's House and to view some of our unique Archive collections.


Email carlisle.archives@cumbria.gov.uk or call 01228 227 284 to reserve your place.


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 to 9pm. 

Cockermouth - one of west Cumbria's glorious gem towns. Join us to check out some rarely seen photographs, beautiful old maps and other memorabilia from Wordsworth's birthplace on Tuesday 17 September at Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre, Scotch Street

Doors open 7pm, refreshments available. 

This is a free event at Whitehaven Archive Centre next to the Police Station on Scotch Street. Refreshments available. 

No booking required, just turn up. If you'd like more information, please contact Whitehaven Archives

The diaries of William Fleming of Pennington - book launch


A Pennington Pepys: The commonplace journals and diaries of William Fleming of Pennington 1800-1808 by J. Graeme Livingstone


William Fleming of Rowe Head, Pennington kept a diary between 1800 and 1821. He was an educated man and his diaries show his wide-ranging interests: botany, natural history, the weather, history and social comment. Living through a period of great economic and social development, Fleming recorded the changes taking place around him. His diaries are invaluable source material for local social, economic and agricultural historians.


Join staff from Barrow Archive Centre in Ulverston Library on Thursday 3 October at 7pm


Free event but please book a place by calling 01229 407377 or emailing barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk


Dissent and non-conformity in Furness exhibition

Tottlebank Baptist Church

Tottlebank Baptist Church (pictured) is the oldest Baptist Church in Lancashire having been established in 1669.  The exhibition looks at the Baptist, Methodist, Salvation Army, Congregational, Church of Christ, Quaker and Presbyterian chapels in Barrow and Furness built since then. Many have now been turned into houses, businesses or in one case, a night club.

The exhibition, at Barrow Archives (within Barrow Library) is free to view and will be up until the end of November 2019.