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.

Get your walking boots on and join us for our regular monthly open night on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, which this month will be hosted by the Whitehaven Rambling Club. They've got a big birthday to celebrate - 90 years of glorious walks in our exquisite countryside. Just remember to wipe your feet as you come in!

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

Cumbria Archives celebrates the National Health Service at 70, 1948-2018

North Lonsdale Hospital, Barrow

During July 2018 Cumbria Archive Service is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948 with a range of exhibitions and events:

Carlisle Archives Archive Discovery Evening, Tuesday 3rd July 4.00pm-7.00pm: This month at Carlisle Archive Centre we will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS with an informal session where you can learn about hospital provision of the past in Cumbria. Includes original documents, photographs and plans from local hospitals including the Cumberland Infirmary and the former Garlands Asylum, Blencathra Sanatorium, Carlisle City General and City Maternity hospitals. Refreshments will be available. Venue: Carlisle Archive Centre. Admission is free, just call in, no ticket or booking is required.

Barrow Archives Exhibition, 3rd July-29 September 2018: 'Celebrating the NHS'. What was medical care like before the establishment of the NHS? On 5th July 1948 medical care became free. What happened in the Furness area after that date? Exhibition open during library opening hours.

Barrow Archives talk, Wednesday 4th July 2018, 7pm: What was it like to work for the NHS in the late 20th century? Come and listen to memories of two retired health professionals. There will also be a display of archives relating to medical care in Furness pre 1948. This is a free event but booking is required by telephoning 01229 407377 or email barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk

Carlisle city centre 'Celebrate NHS70', outside Old Town Hall, Saturday 7th July 2018, 10am-2pm: Carlisle Archives will be present with several exhibition panels detailing the history of various Cumberland healthcare institutions: Blencathra Isolation Hospital, City Maternity Hospital, City General Hospital, Cumberland Infirmary and Garlands mental Hospital.  The display will also include images of institutional records as well as photographs of buildings, the staff and patients. More information is available here from the Cumbria NHS Partnership.

Whitehaven Archives Centre Discovery Evening, Tuesday, 17th July 2018 7.30pm: Big important birthdays don't come any bigger or more important to all of us than the National Health Service which is 70 this month. Join us to celebrate this national treasure at our regular monthly Archive Discovery Evening. Free event, refreshments available, just turn up - no booking required.

Whitehaven Archive Centre will also be marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS by displaying a small exhibition looking back at early healthcare in West Cumbria, including home cures, the Victorian chemist, doctors' services, voluntary hospitals, disease outbreaks and the beginning of our NHS. The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday 4th July-Friday 27th July 2018.

 

Stories behind the Stones - event at Barrow Archives

Rod White has been researching the stories behind the graves in local cemeteries for a number of years.  He has led walks telling these stories.

His research is now available on a website and Rod will be launching this at this event.

Archives relating to cemeteries and funerals will be on display.

Wednesday 11 July, 7pm, Barrow Archives. Free; call 01229 407377 or email barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk to book a place