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, 0.7MB-1.4MB). Here are some of the highlights from recent additions to the collections of Cumbria Archive Service.


David Ness Culbert and Hugh Iddon of Barrow-in-Furness

This collection contains two unusual items: what looks like a leather haggis which has been signed in 1919 by staff of Naval Armament Company, Barrow-in-Furness (ie Barrow shipyard) and a pocket New Testament and bent sixpence which saved the life of Private Hugh Iddon when he was shot in France during the First World War. The bullet was deflected by the two items and although Hugh was injured, he survived. The family also deposited Hugh’s medals, dog tag and photos of Hugh and some fellow soldiers.. Also in the collection, is a beautiful long service award commemorating David Culbert’s 40 years’ service in the shipyard which has been illustrated with pictures of Barrow and the products produced by the company (1911-1955). There are several postcards produced by Sankey’s of Barrow-in-Furness of ship and submarine launches 1908-1939 and signed menu cards and programmes for the Gun Mounting Department of Vickers-Armstrongs Annual Dinner at the Imperial Hotel, Barrow-in-Furness. The two families are linked as Hugh’s daughter Ethel, married David’s son, John in 1942.
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Corless Family of Suneden, Penrith

This is largely a photographic collection and a chronicle of both business and family life. Tommy Corless ran a haulage business in Penrith and many of the photographs feature haulage vehicles from the 1930s to the 1960s, including removals, flat bed and delivery lorries and a charabanc. As the business expanded, the family moved from an estate in Penrith to ‘Suneden’, a house on Beacon Edge, where the business telephone was located. The house could be seen from the haulage yard and Tommy was alerted to telephone calls by means of his wife hoisting a flag! Some of the photographs show views from the yard towards Beacon Edge and the Corless family home. The collection contains papers relating to Tommy’s son John Corless (1938-2018). John undertook an apprenticeship with Metropolitan Vickers in Manchester and the papers relate to his successful application, 1955-1957. John’s leisure interests included cycling and the collection contains a CD with photographs of club runs and time trials of the Beacon Wheelers Cycling Club (1955-1956)
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Save the Children Fund, Kendal Branch

Save the Children, Kendal branch, was inaugurated in 1957 and had a charity shop on Castle Street, Kendal, and the branch undertook a number of fundraising activities in and around Kendal. This collection includes committee minutes, 1957-2008, Annual General Meeting minutes and secretary's reports 1958-2008, secretary's correspondence 1972-1984, papers relating to annual events 1984-2007, papers relating to one-off events 1983-2007, names of committee members 1982-2006, scrapbooks 1960-2007, and photograph albums 1980s-1990s, including one album of a visit by Anne, Princess Royal, in 1991. The branch closed in 2008, and from 2008 until 2017 the individuals acted as an informal Local Support Group
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Fowler Family Papers

Correspondence, including wartime letters (some sent from Stalag Luft III PoW Camp), photographs, family history and pedigrees, Home Guard papers, sketches and newspaper cuttings. Frank and Beryl Fowler were artists who moved to Eskdale during the inter-war period. Their son, William (Billy) served in the RAF and was shot down during a bombing raid in 1941. He was sent to a Prisoner of War camp where he spent the rest of the war. On his return, he ran a mink and daffodil farm and wrote the book "Countryman's Cooking". His grandfather was the Reverend Canon William Weekes Fowler, who at one time lived at Long Yocking How, Eskdale.
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