New Collections

Important and interesting records continue to arrive in our Archive Centres. We catalogue these and previously unlisted material, and make available these catalogues on CASCAT. Detailed lists are available for new additions to CASCAT during recent months for Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven Archive Centres (PDF, 2MB-7MB). Here are some of the highlights from recent additions to the collections of Cumbria Archive Service.

Please note that there is no entry for Kendal Archives while the Centre is closed for refurbishment work.


Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, Barrow Branch

Including minute books, 1889-1928, and proposition form books for carpenters and joiners, 1907-1913
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Workington Opera House, Pow Street, Workington

A collection of programmes, photographs and autograph books collected by Mr C Clark during his time as a stagehand and lighting director in the 1930s-1957.
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'Melange or Memorandoms' comprising miscellaneous notes, statistics, transcripts of surveys and valuations of property (in Cumbria, Devon, and Essex), etc., with a particular emphasis on Kirklinton and area

Compiled by William Graham (a land surveyor) of Hallside, Kirklinton
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Joseph Hardman, photographer

Prints and slides. Subjects include shepherds, sheep dog trials, dry stone walling, farming activities, fruit harvesting, hound trails, hunting, shooting, fishing, agricultural and country shows, flower shows, rush-bearing festivals, May Day fairs, Appleby Horse Fair, Grasmere Sports, hiking, cycling, lake steamers, ferries and sailing boats, hotels and country houses.
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