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Current Newsletter

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150 Years

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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

Newbiggin Bridge nr. Carlisle, destroyed by flood 2006
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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.

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.


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

Dent 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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Our Publications

HENRY HOBHOUSE’S TOUR THROUGH CUMBRIA IN 1774

HENRY HOBHOUSE’S TOUR THROUGH CUMBRIA IN 1774



Exploring Antiquities and Archaeology in the North West

Exploring Antiquities and Archaeology in the North West



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


Bewcastle and Old Penrith

Bewcastle and Old Penrith


John Denton’s History of Cumberland - only a few copies left. More ...

Welcome to Cumbria Past


Whitehaven Exhibition February 2016 Banners and Display Case, Photo by Jaqueline Moore. Click on this image for a larger version.
Whitehaven Exhibition February 2016 Banners and Display Case, Photo by Jaqueline Moore
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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
 The late Peter Gaskins (l.), and Richard Hall, then CWAAS Gen. Sec., discuss the newly-launched book.
The late Peter Gaskins (l.), and Richard Hall, then CWAAS Gen. Sec., discuss the newly-launched book.

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.

Postscript to becoming 'A Society in Union'

So now, through the initiative taken by the Society of Antiquaries of London, the CWAAS was linked with the parallel county archaeological societies of Surrey, Yorkshire, Berkshire, Derbyshire.....and others. a matter which was high on the list of priorities of the Society of Antiquaries was that of publishing Parish Registers. Quite a venture! Where that led to, of course, for CWAAS was.....

ACTIVITIES

Gt. Musgrave, Medieval Grave Slab
Gt. Musgrave, Medieval Grave Slab
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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 (Autumn 2017) contents include:

  • Cover story. Turma: Hadrian's Cavalry Charge at Carlisle
  • Cymry in the North: The North Britons from the Sixth century to the Tenth
  • The Library of Canon Henry Hutton (c.1607-1655): An exhibition in the Cathedral Fratry, September 2017
  • Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group
  • Telling it Like it Was
  • Morecambe Bay fishing oral history project wins national award
  • Rusland Horizons Mapped History Project
  • 'Every window tells a story': John Gandy of St Helena
  • The Kendal Flood of 1954
  • Woodlands in the Lake District and their Management
  • World Heritage Status for the Lake District
  • VCH Cumbria Project update
  • and more ....
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New Items
CUMBRIA ARCHIVES

Temporary closure of Kendal from May and Whitehaven from November

POOR LAW,

Small Bills and Petty Finance, 1700–1834 Project

NEW TRACT PUBLICATION

HENRY HOBHOUSE’S TOUR THROUGH CUMBRIA IN 1774

NEW BOOK

Maryport, a Roman Fort and its community.

COLLINGWOOD ARCHIVE CELEBRATORY CONFERENCE

Cardiff University, 30th April - 1st May.



'Barbara dressed to make calls' by Edith


SENHOUSE ROMAN MUSEUM

Saturday 28th April 2018. The lived Experience of Women in Roman Cumbria

NORTHERN ENGLAND AND SOUTHERN SCOTLAND IN THE CENTRAL MIDDLE AGE

A new book edited by Keith J. Stringer and Angus J.L. Winchester.

CYMRY IN THE NORTH

University of Cumbria, Carlisle, 28th April 2018.  Now fully subscribed.

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 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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