There are only a few copies remaining of the following publications before they go out of print:
- Excavation & Survey at Roman Burgh-by-Sands: Excavations by the late Barri Jones and a geophysical survey by English Heritage. More..
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May walk 2016. The 'Wedding Express' heading towards Ravenglass. 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!
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.
ACTIVITIES in by-gone days.....
Who would be an organiser???
NOTE that the very variable weather.....the tendency of members to wander.....and to linger too long.....these were clearly every bit as irritating to organisers of trips in 1878 as they are today! Notice, too, the great importance of the rural railway lines, missed by many in our rural areas even today. Now give your imagination a treat!
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 (Summer 2016) contents include: