Up-and-coming Archive Events

Deeds not Words exhibition

The Deeds not Words exhibition looks at the fight for women's suffrage nationally and the events which took place in Furness. It includes excerpts from newspapers as well as letters written about an assault in Hawkshead.  There is information about Rev Mould of St James Church, Barrow who was in favour of giving women the right to vote: "you have to either kill them or give them the vote" he said. The exhibition also looks at the general election of 1918, the first election women over 30 were allowed to vote (as long as they were either married or owned property).

Runs Friday 12 January-Saturday 31 March 2018, Barrow Archives at Barrow Library during library opening hours. Free.

Archive Open Day in Dalton

Come and look at documents, maps and photographs of Dalton in the past. The archivist from Barrow Archive Centre will be available to help you with your queries. Free event, no booking required. Dalton Community Centre, Friday 2 February, 10.30am-12 noon.

Election Night

What did the Suffragettes do in Furness? Was there support for them? What is it like to be a woman councillor today? Come and listen to talks on elections, politics and the suffrage movement with guest speakers including Anne Burns, Helen Wall and Hayley Preston. Have a look at archive material relating to the suffragettes and elections on Monday 5 February, 7pm, at Barrow Archives in Barrow Library.

Free event. Please book a place by calling 01229 407 377 or email barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk.  

Archive Open Day at Millom Library

Come and look at photographs, maps and documents relating to the history of Millom. What did Millom's streets look like in the 19th century?  Who lived in your house? What did Hodbarrow look like?

The Archivists from Barrow and Whitehaven Archive Centres will be in the Library to help with enquiries. No need to book, just turn up. Free event. Tuesday 13 February, 11am-4pm, Millom Library

For more details contact: Millom Library 01229 772445; Barrow Archives 01229 407377; or Whitehaven Archives 01946 506420.


Discovery Open Evenings at Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

Archives showcase event
  • 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.

Break out the popcorn and settle back for a Film Night on Tuesday 20 February, 7pm-9pm. It might not be the Plaza, but we'll enjoy some unique film footage which has come our way over the years, including railways, coast and sea. a peep into early 20th century Whitehaven and Workington, and much more.

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