Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre

Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre is an Archive Centre of Cumbria Archive Service, and collects and preserves records relating to the history of the area of Furness (Lancashire North of the Sands) and South West Cumberland, especially Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.  

These archives include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs and relate to families, businesses, local authorities, solicitors, societies and schools.  The Office then makes these resources publicly accessible.

The Archive have a vast range of resources, so whether you wish to research your family history, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, trace the history of a house or study local history, you will find the documents held of use.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre


Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre 
140 Duke Street 

LA14 1XW 

Telephone Number:

01229 407377 


For information regarding their collections, their opening hours and directions, please visit the appropriate sections of their Home Page.  Records held by the Archive include:

  • Census Returns for Furness and Cartmel areas and South Cumberland including Millom 1841-1901
  • Church of England Parish Records
  • Estate papers of the Duke of Buccleuch
  • Index to civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths 1837-1996
  • Landed Estate Records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Nonconformist Records
  • Records of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, including gun mounting drawings 1898-1950
  • School Records

Other resources are accessible in their Library, which include books relating to Barrow and several periodicals from local societies.

The Archive is adjacent to Barrow Library.  Buses to Barrow stop near the Archive on Duke Street.  The train station is 5-10 minutes walk from the Office.  Parking is limited to 2 hours nearby, but there is a pay and display car park on Duke Street behind the Town Hall.

You are required to give advance notice if you wish to peruse any of their collections.

Use of a digital camera is permitted, but a charge is made to people taking advantage of this service.  Use of flash is not permitted and a copyright declaration form must be filled out.

Two computers are publicly accessible, providing access to some websites containing local sources, including CASCAT, their online catalogue.

Disabled access to the Office is available, and a hearing loop is also operational.

A drinks machine is available in the adjacent library.

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For details of other Record Offices in Lancashire, please visit my pages regarding Greater Manchester County Record Office and Lancashire Record Office.

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