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Cumbria Archives set to come alive
1:50pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Cumbria's archives are set to come alive this month as part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign.
The campaign, led by the Archives and Records Association and The National Archives, aims to celebrate rich historical heritage – with Cumbria County Council's archivists shining the spotlight on the lives of four very different Cumbrians through storyboxes.
Famed fellwalker and author Alfred Wainwright needs little introduction, but the storybox that archivists in Kendal have produced adds another dimension to what is commonly known about him.
Wainwright's guidebooks have become a fundamental part of Cumbria’s culture and heritage; and although tourism to the Lake District was well established by the 20th Century, it was Wainwright who created the modern fell explorer.
The collection shows the workings of an author using methods unlike any other to produce books when no other guides were being produced. It stands as a record of Lakeland before mass tourism.
The story box tells the story of how an accountant from Blackburn with a love of football and a talent for cartoons, poems and jokes became engrossed with the landscape and beauty of the Lake District.
Cumbria Archive Centre in Kendal will be hosting an open day from 10.30am to 1pm on Saturday, November 16, where visitors can see the story box, the strongroom where it is kept and see a selection of the original manuscripts.
People will also be able to see a display on Alfred Wainwright and a selection of his papers from the 9 November at the National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole, near Windermere.
Cumbria County Council's Archive Service has four archive centres, with each creating a storybox on a local hero from their area.
In Barrow, the archive centre will focus on the town's Second World War and underwater warfare hero James Freel; in Carlisle, on the Cumbrian pioneer of women’s rights, Catherine Marshall; and in Whitehaven on renowned local stargazer and scientist John Fletcher Miller.
CounBeth Furneaux, Cabinet member for Cumbria County Council's Archive Service, said: "Visiting an archive can take you on an adventure – and these storyboxes will do just that - you could discover much more than you imagined.
"The campaign provides a unique opportunity for the archive service to remind people of our written heritage on their doorstep. Archives help us discover the stories, facts, places and the people that are at the heart of our communities.
"This campaign in particular shows how interesting archives can be - without them we wouldn’t know if this summer is the hottest or wettest on record, we wouldn’t know about the lives of our significant local writers, or the stories of brave people making a stand for what they believe in or to lay their lives on the line for King and country."
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