On Thursday 8th March sixteen VCH Cumbria volunteers, including some new volunteers, met at the regular drafters' meeting in Penrith. Peter Messenger whose research interests include vernacular architecture and building conservation, in particular, clay buildings, gave a talk exploring aspects of

The next Drafters' meeting will be held between 11am and 1pm on Thursday 2nd November in the Beacon Room at Penrith Methodist Church, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QY.

On Friday 22nd September James Bowen led a field trip to Troutbeck, with twelve volunteers participating. The group explored various themes of economic, social and religious history as well as points of architectural interest, all of which are relevant to VCH research.

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CCHT will be represented at Lancaster University's forthcoming Community Day event on 6th May at a session devoted to 'Exploring Maps and Memory'. Do you love old maps? Are you interested in historical depictions of Lancashire and Cumbria? If so, then please join us.

The next study day event hosted by the Regional Heritage Centre will take place on Saturday 29 April. The focus will be on  Vikings in the North-West and Irish Sea Region.

In an exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, John Hodkinson's 'Archaeology of the Mind' compares the 'eye' and 'instinct' which inform his art practice with the archaeologist's 'eye' and 'instinct' - both seeing clues an

There are still places left at the CWAAS anniversary conference. This special full-day event will explore the Society's contribution to research and scholarship in Cumbria over 150 years.

Linking in with the British Festival of Archaeology, Bay Archaeology Festival: Rediscovering the Bay’s Old Ways will take place from 16 – 31 July and will include family activities, a lecture series, walks, talks and training opportunities.

The 120th Anniversary of the arrival of the Vieille Montagne Company in Nenthead will be celebrated on the weekend of 6-7 August with an international conference, mine trips and gala (see here for poster and