Carlisle Archive Centre was opened in 1962, but records were collected prior to that date. It originally operated from within Carlisle Castle, but moved to Petteril Bank Road in 2011.
Documents held by the Archive relate to the area of the historic county of Cumberland that was situated north of River Derwent. This region includes Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith, Maryport and their surrounding areas.
Dating from the twelfth century to the present day, these records include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.
One of their most important collections is the family and estate records of the Earls of Lonsdale, dating from the 12th century.
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.
For further information regarding their location, opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page. Collections held by the Office include:
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 at Holmacres Drive. Buses 61 and 61A from Harraby to Morton Park, and Bus 104 from Carlisle, stop near the railway station. Bus 68 from Upperby to Belle Vue stops at Boundary Road.
Taxis operate from outside the railway station, with the approximate fare to the Archive Centre costing £5.
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.
The building is fully accessible, with wheelchair access to all areas. It also has a hearing loop.
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 Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)