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Current Newsletter

Members can now download an electronic version of the Newsletter.

150 Years

You can still access the 150 year page where there are photos of events as well as viewable versions of all posters used.

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

Carlisle Japanese Gardens, a WW1 memorial
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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 Bursary Fund. 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.


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

Sedbergh 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

This site is designed to work best in the latest browers. If you are experiencing problems or for more technical details please click the Read More button below.

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Our Publications

THE AGUE: A HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS MALARIA IN CUMBRIA AND THE NORTH

THE AGUE: A HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS MALARIA IN CUMBRIA AND THE NORTH


"This fascinating book . . . a thoroughly recommended contribution on the subject", British Society for the History of Medicine


Wartime Cumbria 1939-1945

Wartime Cumbria 1939-1945


"a very thorough and well-documented account of a troubled time . . . an important contribution to the history of the county", Cumberland Times


Revealing Cumbria's Past

Revealing Cumbria's Past


The Boke of Recorde of Kirkbie Kendall

The Boke of Recorde of Kirkbie Kendall


Penrith: the Historic Core - only a few copies left. More ...

Welcome to Cumbria Past


Anniversary dinner, guests collect thier free book. Photo Kevin Grice. Click on this image for a larger version.
Anniversary dinner, guests collect thier free book. 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!

CWAAS Early Days
Remains of the Gilbertine Abbey of the very early C13.
Remains of the Gilbertine Abbey of the very early C13.

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.

RUN OF THE MILL? NOT LIKELY!!!

Take a country churchyard in one of the remoter parts of the county, one with an old cross and fascinating gravestones..... and a church with unusual features in its structure.....and some magnificent furnishing.....some interesting plate..... several significant memorials.....and very unusual elements in its history.....PLUS a group leader who could tell a good tale and convey information in an entertaining way - and you won't be surprised to learn that the report in Proceedings shows very clearly that the members hugely ENJOYED this outing.....

ACTIVITIES

Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria
Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria
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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 (Summer 2017) contents include:

  • Cover story. CWAAS AGM held at the Friends Meeting House, Kendal
  • New Faces at CWAAS
  • 2017 Transactions
  • Research and Grants Committee Report
  • CWAAS May Walk, Kirkoswald, May 2017
  • The Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall, July 2019
  • New lease of life for the Sir John Barrow Cottage, Ulverston
  • Townend major building project 2016
  • Headlands to Headspace, Morecambe Bay's Landscape Partnership Scheme: an update
  • Hadrian's Cavalry - a dispersed exhibition
  • and more ....
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New Items
HADRIAN'S WALL ARCHAEOLOGY FORUM

Saturday October 21st 2017 - Hexham

A SPECIAL DAY AT TULLIE HOUSE

A minimal walking event in Carlisle. Tuesday 14th November 2017.

THE DOROTHY CHARLESWORTH LECTURE

The purpose of Hadrian's Wall. Monday 6th November 2017, Kendal.

THE CWAAS LIBRARY 'ACCESS EXPERIMENT'

Access to the Society collection at the University of Cumbria.

APPLEBY URBAN WALK

Saturday 30th September 2017

AFFILIATED GROUP LECTURE

Plague, Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Penrith. Saturday 7th October 2017, Penrith.

ENCLOSURE AWARD 1775

For Great and Little Stainton, Newbiggin and Blencow

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.


 

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..

Mardale image
Newsletter Extracts

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


Lancashire over Sands records distances over sands. Click on this image for a larger version.
Lancashire over Sands records distances over sands
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