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Up-and-coming Archive Events

Barrow social and working clubs and institutes archives open day, Tuesday 28 March 2017

In January 2017 Barrow Working Men's Club on Abbey Road (House of Lords to many) caught fire and was badly damaged. It has been said that a room there contained a number of documents relating to the club which have now been destroyed. Fortunately the minute books of the committee had been deposited in the Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre and are therefore safe.

We are holding a drop in session on Tuesday 28 March 2017 between 10 am and 12.30 and then between 2 and 4.30pm when anyone can bring us photographs of the inside and outside of any of the social clubs that have existed in the area. We would be pleased to accept relevant photographs, documents, membership cards on long term loan or to scan and return them. We would also like to record people's memories of the clubs to add to our oral history collection.

No need to pre-book, just turn up! For further information please contact us at Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre.

Discovery Open Evenings at Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

 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.

Opening the 'X files', our Marvellous Miscellany Discovery Open Evening, Tuesday, 18 April 2017
April's Discover Evening will see us delving into the X-files (or rather the YDX-files as our major collection of miscellany is known). You'll get to view some old maps, artworks, photographs and documents providing a veritable potpourrie of delights. Discovery open evenings are always held on the third Tuesday of each month. 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

Book Launch: Barrow Steelworks, The Open Hearth Years 1880-1959

Stan Henderson and Ken Royall have produced a second book about the steel works in Barrow. Stan will give a short talk about the book and then archives relating to the steel works will be on show. We would like to record people's memories of working in the steel works, iron works or wire works so if you interested in talking to us please let us know. Students from Furness College will attend on the night to record and possibly video volunteers.
Barrow Steelworks, The Open Hearth Years 1880-1959 will be launched at Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 7pm. The event is free but please book a place on 01229 407377 or email

Barrow Archives Art Exhibition

New exhibition featuring original drawings by local artists including George Romney, Ben Lones, Abel Masson, Howard Penton, Ernest Sansom.

Fell and Rock Climbing Club War Memorial Exhibition at Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre

In 1923 the Fell and Rock Climbing Club erected a war memorial on Great Gable in memory of their members who died during the First World War. In 2013 this plaque was removed and in 2104 a new one put in its place. The original plaque will be on show in Barrow Library from 21 March-9 June 2017. An exhibition by Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre about the purchase of Great Gable by the club, details of the members from the Barrow area who served who served and died will be on show during library opening hours (Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 6pm, Friday 9.30 am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Original documents relating to walking and climbing in the Lake District will be on show in the Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre (Wednesday to Friday 9.30 am to 5pm).