Cumbria Film Archive
Welcome to Cumbria Film Archive
If you love travelling back in time to discover what the county was like decades ago then this is the place for you. We have a vast collection of rare cine films which have been restored. Museums and private collectors have collaborated with us to compile a unique archive which is nothing less than a feast of  nostalgia … just waiting for you to discover. The archive is growing and we will be regularly updating the website with new material so make sure you keep dipping in to see what is new.

MOVIE OF THE MOMENT - April, May, June

Let’s discover how Carlisle grew into the city it is today in Movie of the Moment. It’s a fascinating story of how the boundaries were expanded in 1887 and then the suburbs were included in 1912. You can discover the story of many places such as Stanwix, Denton Holme and Morton in this film. Many streets are mentioned such as Aglionby Street, Tait Street, Milbourne Street and Victorian Place aswell as Newtown Road. If you are interested in the growth of Carlisle over the years then this is the film for you. It’s narrated by former BBC presenter Richard Nankivell.



There’s a whole new section to the archive that we’re sure many people will find fascinating. For years we have been collating a vast archive of film and atmospheric photographs of railway lines throughout the county that are now no more. It is a lost age but a great social history of the era. Click on the bar at the top of the home page and you can choose whichever film you want to start travelling back in time.

Higham Hall

Good news. We will shortly be extending our list of popular presentations where Cumbria Film Archive’s team host events throughout the county. Have a look at our events page on this website for details. If you are a member of a group or organisation who are interested in booking us then you can contact us through the events page. We can plan a special and unique film event with emphasis on the area where you live.


We have launched a major new sequence for you to enjoy Cumbria’s past even more. It is called TIMESLIP and it is a new concept in local history. You can see how areas of the city look now and then our films take you back over several decades. We’re sure that you are going to be enthralled by some of the footage. We have just published nine films on Carlisle which will enable you to immerse yourself in the past of the city. Enjoy them.