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.

High Days, holidays and travel - that's the life! August's Archive Discovery Evening takes a closer look at our holiday habits of the past, how we travelled and where we ended up. Nice beach holiday anyone?

Tuesday 21 August. 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-Furness in 50 Buildings book launch

Barrow-in-Furness has a proud and distinctive identity, embodied in its many fine buildings. Barrow-in-Furness in 50 Buildings by Gill Jepson explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the Perpendicular-style Furness Abbey to the Gothic Town Hall, and from the Beaux Arts Public Library to newer buildings that have attracted disdain from local residents.

Tuesday 28 August, 7pm, at Barrow Archives in Barrow Library. Free event. Please call 01229 407 377 or email barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk to reserve a place.


Barrow Churches Heritage Open Day event

Celebrating 140 years of the churches of St Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in Barrow-in-Furness, there will be an exhibition of archives relating to the four churches with activities for children and refreshments. Free, no need to book.

Saturday 8 September, St Mark's Church, Buccleuch Street, 10am-4pm.

Part of Heritage Open Days events in September, www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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

North Lonsdale Hospital, Barrow

During 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:

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.