Anniversary dinner, Marion McClintock addresses the guests. 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.
MEAT AND DRINK I
'Art thou troubled? Music will calm thee.' So wrote the well-known songwriter. But it is not only music which has profound effects on human spirits; food and drink can influence them, too! Indeed on one occasion in particular we read that they had a salutary restorative effect on CWAAS members.
And it was well that they should have done so! All had not been sweetness and light among the members at one stage in a particular excursion..... For glimpses of matters relating to members' creature comforts
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.
The current (Autumn 2016) contents include: