Interested in History, archives or Cumbria?   Why not join us?

Friends of Cumbria Archives (FOCAS) was formed  in 1991 to support the work  of Cumbria Archive Service at Carlisle Archive Centre, Whitehaven Archive Centre, Kendal Archive Centre and Barrow Archive Centre.     Cockermouth Courts c1910-14 from Inland Revenue District Valuation

Our support for Cumbria Archive Service includes: 
  • financial support to assist in acquiring valuable records, equipment, books and, most recently, the cost of furnishings for the new Carlisle Archive Centre
  • assistance in transcribing, packing and sorting records under the direction of professional archivists;
  • grants to researchers using the four Cumbrian Archive Centres, for transport, photocopying etc;
  • financial assistance with transport costs to help schools to visit the Archive Centres.

Red Dragon, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal Archives
Members' benefits include: 

  • an annual Members' Day with guest lectures which coincides with the AGM;
  • a quarterly Newsletter, which contains a wealth of rare and interesting snippets found by researchers, book reviews, news of recent acquisitions by the archives, and information on the latest areas of assistance offered by FOCAS.

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Patron: Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria; President: Lord Inglewood