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CWAAS Industrial Arch. day on 30 April 2016. Inside the furnace - Photo Kevin Grice
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It’s good to have you with us on the Home Page of Cumbria Past, the CWAAS website. Cumbria Past: an up-to-date name for the website of an up-to-date Society interested in Cumbria's past - its history, landscape and archaeology. And behind the website is the CWAAS, the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, founded in 1866 and keeping the traditional name alive, although the territory changed in 1974 and was also given a new name (see caption to map top left). Quite a challenge for a Society!
EARLY DAYS An insight into our Society, founded 1866, and into the age itself! Illustrated snippets taken from Proceedings, for many years part of the Transactions.
In the swim!
In the swim!
Burlington House, headquarters of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
June 14th, 1889: our Society's Secretary was invited to submit 'the name of CWAAS for registration to the Council of the Society of Antiquaries. The first Congress of such registered Societies was to be held 'at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, on Wednesday, July 17th, 1889, at 2 p.m.'.
This was the first concerted effort to create some system which would act as a sound platform for the development of archaeology throughout the country.......
And CWAAS was right there!
We enjoy exploring, reading about and researching Cumbria's varied and rich historical and archaeological heritage. Cumbria offers prehistoric circles and stone axe factories; Roman military sites a-plenty; Saxon and Viking antiquities such as Bewcastle Cross in the far north east of the county and Gosforth Cross in the mid-west; pele towers and castles which tell of Border raids and turbulent medieval days; and evidence of a later more peaceful existence - in the numerous parish churches and gracious houses. Seafaring and diverse industries have played a major role in Cumbria's development and there is much of both available to be explored. (P.S. We also venture farther afield!)
We publish a Newsletter three times a year.
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