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Membership

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Cumbria Map
Map Of Cumbria
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Cumbria as defined Post- 1974. The CWAAS 4 Affiliated Groups meet in the 4 places named.

For further details of the Affiliated Groups please click the following link.

Focus on Heritage

Furness Abbey
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Committees

Click the button below for more details on the Society Committees.

Research and Grants

We help to foster research on Cumbria’s past through Grant Aid for widely-differing Cumbrian projects, and (for people under 25 years) the Clare Fell Memorial Bursaries. In addition all CWAAS Committees are widely involved in heritage matters throughout Cumbria, making their expertise available in many ways.

Sites Like Ours

Visit the links page for details of ’like minded’ sites.

Genealogy

Many visitors will also be interested in Genealogy. We have provided a page of useful links for Genealogy Researchers.

Datestones,
Dated Structures

This panel will highlight some of the pictures collected as part of the Datestones and Date Structures project that was started in 2007. Click on the read more button below for more details.


Frostraw Photo by Margaret Edwards. Click on this image for a larger version.

Frostraw Photo by Margaret Edwards
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Cumbria Research

Interested in aspects of Cumbria researched in universities in the last ten years or so? A fascinating list!

Technical

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CUMBRIA COUNTY
HISTORY TRUST

The CUMBRIA COUNTY HISTORY TRUST has CWAAS support. Its website includes latest project news and excellent Gallery. See aquatints from West's 'Guide to the Lakes' (1796) and illustr. from W.G. Collingwood's 1932 'The Lake Counties', eg Mardale below..

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Our Publications
Penrith: the Historic Core
Penrith: the Historic Core
Patronage, Power and Politics in Appleby 1649-1689
Patronage, Power and Politics in Appleby 1649-1689

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Welcome to Cumbria Past


May walk 2016. The anniversary cake (before cutting). Photo Trevor Grahamslaw.. Click on this image for a larger version.
May walk 2016. The anniversary cake (before cutting). Photo Trevor Grahamslaw.
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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!

CWAAS Early Days
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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.

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Think of the rigours of going on excursions! Long and arduous walks at times; open carriages; a scarcity of provision for wayfarers compared with what is available in our own day, early in the C21; these would make Society forays truly taxing, especially in bad weather.

To belong to an antiquarian and archaeological society and visit many parts of Cumberland and Westmorland was to take up a challenge, even to 'rough it'. But members were up to the challenge, women and men alike. Yes, good victuals were important!

ACTIVITIES

Sweetheart Abbey 1993, Photo Ian Brodie
Sweetheart Abbey 1993, Photo Ian Brodie
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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!)

Newsletter

We publish a Newsletter three times a year.

The current (Spring 2016) contents include:

  • CWAAS Banner Display at Carlisle Archive Centre
  • Cumbria Archive Service - update on opening hours
  • Victoria County History of Cumbria. Project update January 2016
  • Searching Transactions - are you ready?
  • ’Magna Carta’ by David Carpenter, November 2015. Joint Carlisle Regional Group & CWAAS lecture
  • Urban Walk, Cockermouth, October 2015.
  • The Solway Bog Burst of 1771
  • From Conception to Birth: realising the CWAAS archive-based display at Carlisle Archive Centre
  • and more ....
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Newsletter Extracts

This panel will feature extracts from old newsletters which will change on a regular basis.


Lancashire over Sands K in F, rest., Elaine Varley. Click on this image for a larger version.
Lancashire over Sands K in F, rest., Elaine Varley
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New Items
BAY ARCHAEOLOGY FESTIVAL

16th - 31st July 2016




WHITEHAVEN ARCHIVE AND LOCAL STUDIES CENTRE

Monthly open evenings from 21st June

PENRITH AND EAMONT BRIDGE URBAN AND RURAL WALK

Changed details for the 23rd July



The Friends Meeting House, Penrith


ANNIVERSARY DINNER

Celebratory anniversary dinner and book launch, 2016

ONE DAY CONFERENCE

10th September 2016 at the Rheged Centre, Penrith.

VISIT TO LOW BORROW BRIDGE ROMAN FORT

Guided walk and display of finds and plans




VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE STUDY DAY AT BURGH-BY-SANDS




CWAAS JOINS NATIONAL SET-UP

CWAAS joins national set-up See new EARLY DAYS snippet



Burlington House, headquarters of the Society of Antiquaries of London.