Carlisle Archive Centre

Carlisle Archive Centre holds original documents relating to the area of the historic county of Cumberland that was situated north of River Derwent. Dating from the twelfth century to the present day, these records include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.

Areas covered by the Archive include Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith and Maryport. 

Whether you wish to learn more about the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, research your family history or discover more about a local area, you will find the resources held of use.  

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

Information about Carlisle Archive Centre

Address:

Carlisle Archive Centre
Lady Gillford's House
Petteril Bank Road
Carlisle
CA1 3AJ


Telephone Number
:


01228 227284 

E-Mail:

carlisle.archives@cumbria.gov.uk 

For further information regarding their location, opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page.  Collections held by the Office include:

  • 1841-1901 Census Returns for Cumberland
  • 1881 Census Transcript and Index to Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man
  • Family papers
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index) for the Northern counties
  • Newspapers
  • Official Records
  • Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Parish Registers
  • Photographs
  • Probate Records 1564-1941
  • School Registers
  • Solicitors' Records
  • Trade Directories

The Archive also has an online catalogue.



Free parking is available at the Archive.  The nearest mainline railway station to the Archive is Carlisle, but it is 2 miles away.  Buses 60 and 60A from Carleton Clinic to Sandsfield Park stop near the Archive.  Buses 61 and 61A from Harraby to Morton Park, and Bus 104 from Carlisle, stop near the railway station.

Use of a digital camera is permitted, but there is a charge for using this service. You are not allowed to take photographs of some documents because they are fragile and easily damaged.  Use of flash is not permitted and a copyright declaration form must be filled out.

Four computers are publicly accessible and provide access to some useful websites which include CASCAT, their online catalogue.

A refreshment area is accessible in the Archive, where you are welcome to eat your own food.  A drinks machine is also available in this area.

A research service is offered to anyone who is unable to visit in person.

The building is fully accessible, with wheelchair access to all areas.  It also has a hearing loop.

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



For further information regarding Record Offices covering the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, now called Cumbria, please visit my pages regarding Kendal Archives and Whitehaven Archives.



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