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.


Grange Natural History Society, 1954-2015

The society was established in 1954. The collection includes a history, minute books, AGM and reports, programmes, set of cards cross referencing plants to reference books, scrapbooks, flora and fauna reports, animal and plant reports, newsletters, photographs, field trip information, Hampsfell Nature Trail booklets and notes, celebrations, illustrated details of walks and talks.
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Submarine Heritage Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, 1900-2000

Design Data and Calculations for submarines and ships; Notebooks attached to Submarine Operation Courses; Details of Proposed ships for Foreign Governments; Reports of Submarine Surveys; Brochures for HMS Ocean; Photographs of Civil Engineering Works to the Barrow Dock System for the exit of Trident Submarines leaving Barrow through the Dock System; Documents Relating to O and P Class Submarines; 1438 drawings of parts for submarines.
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Thompson family of Farlam Hall, Farlam, 1706-2017

The collection includes a series of 12 journals (DTH/6). The journals are pre-First World War, covering the period 1908-1913 and are edited by Lady Caroline Lacy Thompson, with many contributions from two of her children, Tom and Rosemary. Charles and Lady Caroline Lacy Thompson lived at Farlam Hall from the time of their marriage in April 1889. Charles was a well-established member of the local gentry, a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Cumberland. He was able to purchase Farlam Hall from the Earl of Carlisle in 1891. Sadly Charles suffered ill health for many years and died in 1920 at the age of 63. Caroline outlived him by 42 years and remained at Farlam until her death in 1962 aged 92. The entries are a chronicle of family life and leisure alongside civic, political and business interests There are lively accounts of days of leisure; outings by motor car, tennis parties, dances, concerts and plays, shooting meets, golf competitions, cricket matches and boating; as well as reports of travel to Scotland and overseas. References are made to favourite family pets and working animals and there are playful features, such as the catalogue of items added to the family ‘museum’. Alongside these lighter elements, the journals reflect the commitment of both Charles and Caroline, to the social and civic concerns of the local and wider community. They also contain details of estate matters, including agricultural and industrial enterprises (largely mining for coal and minerals) and the first journal reports on the Roachburn Pit tragedy of 1908, which was a contributory factor to Charles’ ill health. There are often touching descriptions of local characters and employees. Entries are frequently illustrated with photographs (often taken by Rosemary), postcards and occasionally drawings, which add an exciting extra dimension to the volumes.
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St Bees Grammar School, 1585-2015

St Bees Grammar School, the creation of Edmund Grindal, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was born in the locality, was established by letters patent of Elizabeth I, 24 Apr 1583, and reconfirmed by letters patent of 15 Jun 1585, making further provisions for the governing body, and of 25 Jun 1604, granting crown lands in St Bees and Sandwith to further endow the school. Its aims were to teach scholars from Cumberland, Westmorland and neighbouring counties Latin and Greek and to provide for such scholars who wished to proceed thence to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The collection includes records of the constitution and governance, external interests (such as ownership of manors, properties, quarries and collieries), buildings and fabric, staff, pupils, Old St Beghians’ Association, sports, cadet force, photographs and published material
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