About Us


The Cumbria Local History Federation was formed in 1992 by a group of organisations and individuals keen to provide a focus in the County for local historians and local societies. The role of the CLHF is primarily in communication and information, promoting its member societies and their work, providing a means of co-operation and the exchange of ideas, and connecting its members with relevant resources and information. Where appropriate, the CLHF provides publications and organises events.

The CLHF has now become a charity, registration number 1183924.


The CLHF is an organisation funded by its members and run through an elected committee. Our constitution is here.

Membership for individuals is £10 per calendar year, which including three paper issues of the CLHF Bulletin.

Membership for organisations is £15, including one printed copy of each CLHF Bulletin.

Additional copies of the Bulletin may be ordered for £6 for the three issues per year.

Membership includes priority booking for CLHF events such as our AGM & Annual Convention, visits and training days, and regular updates of news from Cumbria's local history world.

Your membership supports the practice of local history in Cumbria. To join, or renew membership, please complete the form and send with the appropriate fee. Subscriptions are kept to a minimum, but donations are very welcome!


Further to Graham Brooks’s email/letter re 2021 subscriptions, where he advised that instead of a subscription he requested that Groups and individual Members give a donation to ensure the Federation can keep operating, I wish to thank the Groups and Individual Members, who have donated and to the individuals, who have completed Gift Aid forms.
Your support and generosity is appreciated.

John H. Poland

Committee Members


Graham Brooks chair@clhf.org.uk


Lyn Cole secretary@clhf.org.uk


Liz Kerrey membership@clhf.org.uk


Ruth Lawley bulletin@clhf.org.uk


June Hill eventsorganiser@clhf.org.uk


John Poland treasurer@clhf.org.uk


Adrian Allan directory@clhf.org.uk

Peter Roebuck

Nigel Mills

Ruth Lawley

Christine Craghill


Jill Wishart

Jane Platt

Graham Brooks


The Annual General meeting is held in the autumn, within the Annual Convention. The officers and other committee members are elected for a year, and new committee members are welcomed. There are many ways of contributing to the CLHF and its activities, without having to join the Committee. There are always roles and responsibilities which members can take on. Please contact the Chair to find more at chair@clhf.org.uk

The Committee is also keen to hear ideas for new projects, for the CLHF itself, and about projects by others which are of interest to the CLHF and its members.