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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.  Find out more»

Elizabeth Roberts' Working Class Oral History Archive

This archive contains three oral history projects:

  • Social Life in Barrow and Lancaster 1890-1925
  • Social Life in Preston 1890-1940
  • Family and Social Life in Barrow, Lancaster and Preston 1940-1970

Rob Perks, Lead Curator of Oral History at the British Library, has said:

'Its significance as a pioneering oral history collection cannot be over-estimated.'

Digitised transcripts of the interviews are being made available on a new website: click here.

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The Lune Valley Architectural Survey

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

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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.

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Muriel Humphries Inghamite Archive

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

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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 for North-West Regional Studies, now part of the Regional Heritage Centre, in 1986.

How to Access the Archive

Digitised transcripts are available here. Please note that identifying details of the interviewees and people they refer to have been redacted. To access the unredacted versions please email the Regional Heritage Centre or call 01524 593770.

Please note: the archive is available for personal visits, but it can be used by appointment only.


Elizabeth Roberts' Working Class Oral History Archive Digitisation Project.

We have successfully fundraised to enable the long-term preservation of the archive, and more information will be released in due course.


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