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.


Whitehaven and District Lions, 1973-2017

The Whitehaven and District Lions Club was formed in 1973 and disbanded in 2019 due to falling membership. It took responsibility for organising and running Whitehaven Carnival and raising money for local causes. The collection consists of minutes, accounts, photographs and scrapbooks, organisational information, carnival administration and correspondence, mainly regarding fundraising.
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Barrow Local Studies Photograph Collection, 19th century-21st century

The Local Studies Collection of photographs, prints and postcards contains items from throughout Cumbria. Volunteers have been cataloguing the collection for a number of years and it is now complete. The collection includes images of places, people, industries, buildings and events. Some are copies from collections created by a national company including the Francis Frith Collection, others by local photographers, many unknown. A number of the items have thumbnails attached
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Windermere Sunderland Flying Boats, 1941-1945

Papers, notes and photographs collected and collated by Mr Stan O'Connor. Includes reminiscences of Stan O'Connor who worked at the flying boat factory at White Cross Bay, Windermere, 2007; notes on the sinking of U-Boat U-107 by Windermere Flying Boat EJ150; list of Sunderland aircraft built at Windermere; notes on the factory at Calgarth, Windermere; and photographs of flying boats including first flight of DP176.
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Cumberland County Council, Town and Country Planning Department, Land Use Surveys, circa 1963-1982

A series of portfolios, compiled by the department and arranged alphabetically by township. The portfolios contain working survey forms and corresponding maps, with land and properties referenced by number (based on Ordnance Survey mapping). The surveys relate to: primary and secondary use of land; age and condition of buildings; type of buildings; parking; commercial or industrial use, other uses/comments (including some names of businesses and people) Some portfolios include a general description and overview of growth and development within the parish and statistical information relating to land use population, growth, number of dwellings, proposals for development, car ownership, commuting patterns and percentage of employed population Please note: not all portfolios contain all of the above elements, many are incomplete.
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