Getting Involved

The above image is an extract from Ortelius' map of Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae, 1570, showing Cumbria (west is at the top)

The Cumbria County History Trust

The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) has been established as a registered charity (Charity Registration Number 1137379) to raise funds and volunteer resources for the work, and to provide the community focus for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project.

The charitable aims of the Trust are:

1. to further the education of the public in the history and heritage of the County of Cumbria and its communities and to promote and foster public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the history of the area in general.

2. to undertake research into the history and heritage of the County of Cumbria and its communities and to disseminate the useful results of such research for the public benefit.

CCHT has a current membership of 138 individuals and 12 societies. The project is managed by the Board of Trustees, chaired by Bryan Gray. 

Our Trust Deed (opens as pdf.)


Bryan Gray, Chair, with Dr David Starkey, one of our Patrons


Become a Member of CCHT

To join CCHT, please download and print the application form, and post to the address on the form, with your subscription (details on form)

The Cumbria County History Trust is a charity which any interested individual, history and heritage society, museum, or commercial organisation can join. The members elect a number of trustees, to join those nominated by the founding organisations, and elect the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the organisation at the Annual General Meeting. Therefore joining the charity allows you to have a say in how the project is managed.

Ordinary membership is £25 per annum, and entitles members to all the normal rights of membership in the Constitution of the CCHT. Members are asked to subscribe by a covenant for five years, enhanced by tax giving if appropriate.

Gold Membership involves a subscription of £100 per annum for five years. Founder Members subscribe £100 per annum and are listed in our Roll of Honour (list closed on 15 March 2011), and will be named in the first volume which we publish.

Once you have become a member of CCHT you can apply for a user name and password to access the members' only pages of this website. To do this, use the 'Contact Us' form to request a user name and password. Once these have been sent to you, please use the log-in facility in the top right-hand corner of the home page.


Become a VCH volunteer

The VCH Cumbria project is a long-term collaborative project, whereby volunteers from the Cumbrian community will collect the basic historical material, write the histories and create the topographical database. At the same time the project will provide a vehicle for the future education, training and participation of all those who wish to make a contribution, ensuring that everyone can play a part, while ensuring the published histories will be of the highest standards. Within the project there will be roles for people of all stages of qualification and experience, including absolute newcomers.

Volunteers should ideally also be members of CCHT, and should indicate their interest in volunteering on the form when joining.

For further information about membership or volunteering, or to express interest, please contact Richard Brockington:-01768 870352 or email



Trustees and Supporters

Please view the full List of Trustees and their contact details (opens as pdf.)

The Trust is supported by Cumbria County CouncilCumbria Local History FederationCumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological SocietyDiocese of Carlisle,  Friends of Cumbria Archives,  Lake District National Park AuthorityNational Trust North West Region, University of Cumbria and University of Lancaster.

Patrons:- Sir Christian Bonington CBE; Sir James Cropper KCVO; Lord Inglewood; Dr David Starkey, CBE.

A list of our Founding Sponsors, Gold Members and Founder Members can be found on our Roll of Honour.


This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).


Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our frequently asked questions page for more information on becoming a volunteer and researching for VCH Cumbria.