• Piel Castle

  • Monument of Margaret, Countess of Cumberland, in Appleby Church, from Thomas Pennant's Tour to Alston Moor, 1801

  • Blaeu, 1639

  • Chapel Island

  • Railway viaduct, Smardale

    Railway viaduct, Smardale

The Cumbria County History Trust

Your major online resource for the history of Cumbria.

Our aim is to produce a permanent detailed record of the history of Cumbria. Together with Lancaster University - and supported by generous grants from the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS) - we are working on the Victoria County History of Cumbria, part of a renowned national project to write the history of every place in England.

The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) is a membership organisation:  if you would like to join us, there is an APPLICATION FORM here - or you can learn more about CCHT here.

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If you would like to learn more about how to navigate this wesbite and all that it has to offer, you can download this powerpoint presentation. It contains slides showing each page and how to move through them. You might like to use it to demonstrate available online resources to your local history group.


New: Historical Skills Training Course Autumn 2021

Would you like to improve your skills in historical research, and to learn more about the history of Furness and surrounding areas? The Victoria County History of Cumbria project and Morecambe Bay Partnership are pleased to announce a new course designed to provide a wide-ranging overview of skills involved in historical research. Starting on Tuesday October 26th 2021, the course will last for six weeks, involving four online afternoon sessions, an archival visit and an outdoor landscape history session. To find out more, and for details on how to book, please click here.

Update: This course is now fully booked for Autumn, but it will run again in January/February so please check again soon.

Our first published parish history, Kirkoswald and Renwick, is available to buy via Lancaster University's online store.

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The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project

Learn more about CCHT and VCH Cumbria

There's a page for every one of the 348 parishes and townships in the county, which can be accessed via the Interactive Map, the Township List, or via the search engine,

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Search here for cross-cutting county themes - population, economic and industrial, religion, landownership, landscape and maps - and we've just added a new paper on the History of Communications

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