About us & what we do
The Cumbria County History Trust website is the major online resource for the history of Cumbria. Our aim is to produce a permanent detailed record of the history of Cumbria from the prehistoric to the present day. Already there is a brief history ("Jubilee Digest") of every one of the 344 parishes and townships in the county, which can be accessed via 'Places' in the Data Bank, or via the search engine or the interactive map, opposite. In time full-scale histories of all those places will be posted- some are already available.
In addition, the Themes section of the Data Bank provides information on a growing range of cross-county historical themes, while the Gallery contains thousands of photos and scans of old maps and prints, available for download. There are also useful Links, and Sources and Resources section, for everyone interested in pursuing the history of their local area for themselves.
The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, a collaborative community project created to research and write the histories of all parts of Cumbria, within the framework and standards of the Victoria County History of England.
More than 100 volunteers have been involved in writing and contributing to the Jubilee Digests and the draft township histories. New volunteers are always welcome, and training is available.
The VCH Cumbria project is overseen by Professor Angus Winchester and Dr Sarah Rose from the Department of History, Lancaster University, and is located within the Regional Heritage Centre. CCHT is dependent for finance upon its members and upon its supporters and sponsors. The main funder of CCHT since its inception has been the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS), without whom the project would never have got off the ground.