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.

Special Announcement

Zeffirellis Cinema Presentation

Join us for a unique trip into the past with a nostalgic collection of classic films from Cumbria Film Archive. We have teamed up with Zeffirellis, the beautiful cinema in Ambleside for this much anticipated event. Much of the footage has been carefully researched and restored.


We are scheduled for two showings on Tuesday, 16th November at 3pm and 5.30pm. Tickets are £8. You can book by clicking on the Zeffirellis link below.

Just some of the highlights include a look at life in the lake district using rare cine film from the 1930s through to the 1950s. We will also be showing a wonderful film of the great 1928 Carlisle Pageant which was one of the biggest spectacles ever held in the county. The Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway line has been closed for almost fifty years but we will be bringing it back to life again as it is featured in our screening. There will also be rarely seen footage of wartime training on the lakeland fells as the Driving and Maintenance School near Keswick put troops through their paces in preparation for D-Day. There is also a recently discovered film of a 1935 Royal visit to K-Shoes in Kendal that almost went disastrously wrong.


So join us on Tuesday, 16th November . We’re looking forward to seeing you. Tickets are available by clicking on this link:  



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.

Our next presentation at Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, on Sunday 7th November 2021, is now sold out.
However, we will be back at Higham Hall in April and November 2022 and tickets are available now on 
01768 776276
Higham Hall

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.