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.


It’s the 23rd April 2006 and the last audience ever to see a film at the Lonsdale Cinema in Carlisle take their seats to witness the end of an era. Thousands of Cumbrians enjoyed going to the iconic picture house which was built in art deco style in 1931. Click on movie of the month and travel back into cinematic history.



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.


We hope to host a number of film events throughout the county in 2021. Obviously our events calendar was curtailed in 2020 because of Covid 19. 

However we have two shows booked so far that you may be interested in coming to see. Have a look at the events page for more details and travel into the past with us.


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. 

© 2020 by Andrew Newlands.

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