CLHF Bulletin

The CLHF Bulletin is published three times each year and contains a lively mix of news, events, reports from members, new publications, and future programmes.  Each Member Group and individual member receives a printed copy by post.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the CLHF Bulletin. Please contact the Editor, Ruth Lawley, at by the following dates:

Spring Issue. Contribution deadline end Feb for the Bulletin due out on April 1st

Summer Issue. Contribution deadline end June for the Bulletin due out on August 1st

Winter Issue. Contribution deadline end October for the Bulletin due out on December 1st.

CLHF Directory

The CLHF Directory  contains an up-to-date listing of speakers who may be engaged to talk on local history related topics at a range of levels, plus guides for historical tours of various locations and members who will assist others with historical research on various topics.

Updates to the Directory, or suggestions for new speakers, are welcomed by the committee. Please contact at any time.

CLHF Annual Convention

The CLHF Annual Convention is now a well-established and highly valued autumn opportunity for the local historians of Cumbria to get together. It combines our short Annual General Meeting with exhibitions of projects by member groups, and includes a themed conference focusing on aspects of local history.

The next Annual convention will be held on Saturday 4th November 2023 (see our Events page for more detail).

For further information contact Liz Kerrey





Archive Managment Project

The Archive Management Project

The Federation has now completed the delivery of two sets of courses in Archive management in association with Kevin Bolton (an independent Archive Consultant) and Cumbria Archive Services.

The participants on the courses were provided with a series of handouts and we are now making these available to other people.

Powerpoint Presentation Day 1


What to consider before you start an archive,

Accessioning material

Cataloguing material

CLHF community archives day 1.pptx

Powerpoint Presentation Day 2



Digitisation and the internet.

CLHF community archives day 2.pptx

Notes on Managing Your Archives. Covers the points in the powerpoints above in more detail.

Cumbria Local History Federation archives guides 15.6.2022.docx

Notes on Conservation and Preservation of Archive Material

CLHF Archives Conservation and Preservation

Kevin Bolton's final report on the workshop is available to read.

Cumbria Local History Federation archives training and support final report 26.9.2022

The Federation is now in the process (June 2023) of launching an online archiveing catalogue programme to allow those member groups who have archives to put a catalogue of their archive with possible digital copies of the documents.

A demonstration copy of the catalogue can be seen at

For access, passwords and help please contact Nigel Mills by email