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Victoria County History

The Victoria County History (VCH) is an internationally respected work of reference which ultimately aims to write the history of every town and village in England. For more information, please go to www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk.  

The VCH in Cumbria:

No VCH town or village histories had been published for the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland before the VCH Cumbria project was launched in 2010; the only parts of Cumbria previously to have been researched in detail by the VCH were the Furness and Cartmel areas, which were formerly in Lancashire and are covered in VCH Lancashire, Volume VIII (published in 1910). So, with the support of the Cumbria County History Trust and help of volunteer local historians, the VCH Cumbria project has embarked on an ambitious programme of work to research and write the history of every place in Cumbria.

Progress to date:

  •  a team of over 100 volunteers from across Cumbria has compiled brief histories for each of the 344 parishes/townships in the county, forming a springboard for future work.  You can access these through the Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) website.
  • a smaller core of volunteers are researching and writing full parish/township histories to the VCH template, which will eventually form part of the national work of local historical reference
  • five full parish/township histories have already been completed in draft form and can be accessed and downloaded now from the CCHT website.  They are: MOSSER, RENWICK, SKELSMERGH, HELSINGTON, CASTERTON, KIRKBY LONSDALE, BARBON, GAMBLESBY, ANGERTON and NATLAND

What our volunteers say:

‘I think the biggest impact on many of us is being able to make a real contribution to a national historical publication and, as a result, becoming ... more “professional” in our approach to local history’

‘this is a tremendous opportunity to enhance our skills and achievements ... It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this to us’

Related links

Cumbria County History Trust

VCH National

Volunteering for VCH Cumbria

VCH Cumbria Enquiries

Sarah Rose
Tel: 01524 593141
Email: s.rose2@lancaster.ac.uk

 

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