Cumbrian History Societies

Click on the society name to go directly to the website concerned.

The following organisations are county-wide in their approach and have extensive website information:

Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society

Cumbria Family History Society 

Cumbria Industrial History Society (includes articles on industry in Cumbria)

Cumbria Local History Federation

Cumbria Railways

Cumbrian Railways Association

Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

(affiliated groups in Carlisle, Penrith and South-West Cumbria) and

Kendal Historical & Archaeological Society (CWAAS)

Friends of Cumbrian Archives (FOCAS)


Recording Morecambe Bay: a new on-line resource for the history of the Bay is available here


The following Local History Societies have websites with varying degrees of local information -(if none online then marked *)

Ambleside Oral History Group

Bampton & District Local History Soc

Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society

Cockermouth Heritage Group

Duddon Valley Local History Group

History of Kirkby Group

Holme & District Local History Society

Kirkby Lonsdale & District Civic Society *

Lamplugh and District Heritage Society

Levens Local History Group

Long Marton Local History Group

Longtown Memorial Hall Community Centre *

Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society

Millom & District Local History Society

Morecambe Bay Partnership

Mourholme Local History Society (for Carnforth, Warton & Silverdale)

Newland Furnace Trust

Open Mind (WestlakesU3A) *

Orton & Tebay Local History Society

Papcastle Local History Group (an ad hoc group not formally constituted)

the village website has a significant history section 

Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

Shap Local History Society


There are also a number of other local history societies without websites – contact information for these can be found  on the Cumbria Local History Federation website