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.


Good news. We are able to offer another special Cumbria Film Archive presentation at Higham Hall near Cockermouth before Christmas. There has been great demand for the presentations that we are holding in November. They are all full we are afraid. However we have been asked to stage another event of atmospheric archive films on Sunday, 13th December from 2 - 4.30pm. Tea and cake will also be provided. Tickets are limited and are £15 each or £25 for two. To book your places call Higham Hall directly on 017687 76276. 



We hope that you find October’s Movie of the Month really fascinating. It’s a classic and rare film of the Home Guard training in Cumbria in the early part of World War Two. There was a real invasion threat and it was the job of this ‘Dad’s Army’ to deter the Germans if the worst had happened. This film is a unique reminder of what went on during that period.



The transformation of Carlisle city centre which was September’s Movie of the Month attracted a lot of media attention. The classic footage included the pedestrianisation of the main shopping area. Also featured was the revamp of the market hall and the old town hall in 1990. The Cumberland News carried a feature on our documentary and ITV Border broadcast an item on the Lookaround News programme. (The photograph is the ITV Border News crew interviewing Cumbria Film Archive producer Andrew Leitch)


We are launching 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. 

Other locations in the county will be included in TIMESLIP over the coming months.

© 2020 by Andrew Newlands.

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