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 12th October 2024 (see our Events page for more detail).

For further information contact Liz Kerrey





Archive Managment Project

The Archive Management Project


The Archive Management Project in which the CLHF, the Cumbria Archive Service and Kevin Bolton, an independent Archive Consultant delivered a series of courses to our members planning to create their own local archives was completed in 2022.

The PowerPoint presentations are available by clicking;

CLHF community archives day 1.pptx

CLHF community archives day 2.pptx

The PowerPoint presentations are available by clicking;

Cumbria Local History Federation archives guides 15.6.2022.docx

CLHF Archives Conservation and Preservation



During 2023 the CLHF developed an online Archive Catalogue for use by Member Groups who wished to build their own archive of documents and images that represented their local area and  make them available on-line.

This was made possible by a grant from the Westmorland Dales and the Heritage Fund and the expertise of a member of a CLHF group.

This Archive Catalogue is now up and running for several member groups and we are now able to make it available to other groups.

The groups who have live Archive Catalogues are Alston Moor, Lorton & Derwent Fells, Ravenstonedale, Coanwood Featherstone & Lambley and Sedbergh. Links are shown against their individual entries on the CLHF Member Group tab.

If you are interested and wish to know more, please contact