Friends of Cumbria Archives

This website is being revised and will be replaced in the near future.

Interested in supporting Archives 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.

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.

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.

Online Gallery of Images from Cumbria Archives

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

Red Dragon, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal Archives
Cockermouth Courts c1910-14 from Inland Revenue District Valuation