James Theodore “Ted” Relph, 1925 – 2020. Memories.

We are sad to hear of the death of local historian, Ted Relph, earlier this year and thought you may like to read two accounts of his life from two people who knew him well Ted Relph, his life in Crosby Ravensworth and the War years; by Gordon Bowness Ted

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Lockdown Quiz – Results and answers!

There were sixteen submissions, most of them from individuals and some from couples.  The spread of representation from our groups was very wide.  To judge from messages received, participants found it challenging, informative and enjoyable…

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75th Anniversary of VE Day

We have just heard from Rav Dehele, a researcher with BBC who is currently working on some programming in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   “As a part of this programming we are currently working on making a short film that involves family members of veterans sending

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Are you up to the challenge of our Lockdown Quiz??

A LOCKDOWN QUIZ During the current period of ‘lockdown’ members of CLHF may wish to ‘have a go’ at the following Quiz about the history of Cumbria. Answers should be sent on-line, no later than Friday 15 May, to peter.roebuck3@gmail.com  Submissions should include a name, and whether that person is

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Covid-19 and Cumbria Archives and libraries

Coronavirus in Cumbria: documenting the pandemic in our county The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted on all aspects of life and is likely to have far reaching consequences for individuals, communities and the economy. All our archive centres and libraries are closed to the public for the first time ever

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Now that you’re at home with nothing much to do………….

Now could be the ideal time to catch up with your local history project – or start one! During the extended period of self-isolation and social distancing, members may well wish to explore some of the websites which they will find listed on our website under the heading of ‘County

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Levens in the Shadow of the Great War

Since its foundation in June 2006, the Levens Local History Group (a member group of the CLHF) has published, as a group or as individuals, a number of books and papers, including, most recently, with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Levens in the Shadow of the Great

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Holme Cultram Abbey, An Archaeological and Historical Guide

Based on the research undertaken by the West Cumbria Archaeological Society over the past fourteen years, the recent publication of Holme Cultram Abbey, An Archaeological  and Historical Guide (27 pages) is to be welcomed as a  very accessible, well illustrated account of the Abbey’s history and of the excavation and

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Hadrian’s Wall Networking Day

A valuable insight into the work of the networks associated with the study and promotion of Hadrian’s Wall was presented at this year’s Hadrian’s Wall Networking Day, held at Carlisle Racecourse on 22 February. From the University of Newcastle, Dr Rob Collins reported on the work undertaken by the Hadrian’s

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The history of furniture in Cumbria

Regional Furniture , the Journal of the Regional Furniture Society, includes a number of illustrated articles on aspects of the history of furniture in Cumbria ; volumes 1 (1987) to 30 (2016) are available online, free of charge, with later volumes being made available online free of charge three years

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