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We regularly get involved in local events or curate our own events.  Please see What's On for more information on our plans.

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Signal Film and Media, based in Barrow-in-Furness, have recently completed a digitisation project on the Sankey Photographic Archive.  Father and son, Edward and Raymond Sankey, photographers in that town, produced over 10,000 photographs and postcards of Cumbria, including many of Cockermouth, over a period of more than 70 years, between 1890 and 1970.  The images of Cockermouth are available to view via a link on our Links page - they are well worth a look.  The original images are now held by Cumbria Archives.
EXHIBITION COMING UP:  We have an exhibition on Millers shoe factory and the history of shoemaking in the town coming up,  7 - 18 November.  This is part of a year-long 'In My Shoes' Lottery-funded project - further details to be found on the What's On page shortly.

June 2022 marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and a display was put together including memories from people who remember the events of previous Jubilees, (Silver, Golden, Diamond) and the Queen’s Coronation.  We'd love to hear more of your memories and photographs from those events – maybe street parties, or school events.

We are finalising a new book on Georgian Cockermouth.  This book will examine Cockermouth at the time of William Wordsworth's birth.  Look out for our announcement of its publication.

Costumes used in past Georgian Fairs in the town are available now for hire by groups and individuals.  Please see Resources for details.

Under Links: for those interested in Roman history and archaeology see the link for remains in Papcastle, discovered during recent digs.  The Grampus Heritage website has photographs and information about the digs and discoveries made.  Anyone interested in taking part in any future digs can also make contact, via their website, with the person in charge of the project, Mark Graham.  The Grampus Heritage website also has information about other digs in Cumbria and further afield.