Morecambe Bay

Archival Resources

Members of the public are welcome to consult the RHC resource archive, which covers several aspects of the region's cultural and social history.

Click the button to the right to view the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive on its new website.

View the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive online

Viewing our archival resources

If you would like to access any of our archives below in person, please email us to arrange a time to visit and we would be delighted to accommodate. You can also call 01524 593770. Visits can be arranged on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am to 3:30pm.


  • Chapel-le-Dale Heritage Archive

    Papers deposited in 2013 by Gerald Tyler, collected during research into the local history of Chapel-le-Dale and Ingleton. The archive contains research notes, photocopies of archival sources, a few original documents, and a full photographic record of the Chapel-le-Dale valley c.2002-3. Subjects include St Leonard’s Church; Chapel-le-Dale School; the Mission to Settle-Carlisle Railway workers; local families; Ribblehead Sheep Show.

    Chapel le Dale Archive

  • The Lune Valley Architectural Survey

    This photographic collection, now over thirty years old, records buildings of historic interest that have been radically altered or subsequently disappeared.

    The survey was funded by the Manpower Services Commission in 1978. A team of field workers, led by Jonathan Ratter under the aegis of Marion McClintock, measured and photographed vernacular buildings in locations along the Lune Valley, including Lancaster, Halton, Caton, Arkholme, Gressingham, Melling and Kirkby Lonsdale, as well as parts of the Fylde and the outskirts of North Yorkshire. The fieldwork was completed and a high-quality archive of photographs assembled, backed by a complete set of negatives. Some drawing work was undertaken, but this was piecemeal, relating to the time and talent available, and the written analysis of the sites was not continued after the funding of the project terminated.

    Cataloguing and digitising the survey (ongoing)

    The archive was not catalogued during the course of the project, however, in 2006 the Lancaster University Friends Programme provided funding to catalogue the collection and to digitise the material for use on the website. The catalogue is now available via the Lancaster University Library Catalogue.

  • The Penny Summerfield Childhood and Schooling Archive

    Comprises interviews with c.100 males and females who attended secondary schools in six Lancashire towns before 1950.

    The Penny Summerfield Childhood and Schooling Archive

  • Muriel Humphries Inghamite Archive

    Muriel Humphries collected the materials for this archive for her research on the Inghamites in the 1980s.

    The Muriel Humphries Inghamite Archive

  • Slaidburn Oral History Archive

    This archive contains interviews carried out by Elizabeth Roberts with 11 respondents at the beginning of the 1980s. The transcripts are currently not indexed.

  • Aldcliffe History Archive

    Contents of the archive

    Reproduced by permission of Nick Webster and Robert Bellis.

  • Now the War is Over

    The Archive was created by the British Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980s for a series of programmes of the same name. It includes transcripts and tapes of interviews with c.188 people.

    Copies of all materials were deposited with the Centre in 1986.

Contact Us

By Post

Regional Heritage Centre
Department of History
Bowland College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

By Phone

+44 (0)1524 593770

Usually staffed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30-15:30

RHC Director:
Dr Fiona Edmonds

Academic Co-ordinator:
Dr Sam Riches

Ann-Marie Michel

For the Victoria County History of Cumbria, please contact Dr Sarah Rose