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.



Our Movie of the Month for November takes us back to the 1930s. K-Shoes in Kendal was a leading industry in the area. The footwear factory really was at the top of its game and was honoured by a visit from the Duke and Duchess of York. Cumbria Film Archive has been given access to this fascinating footage. Just a year later there was the abdication crisis and the Duke and Duchess were propelled into the spotlight to become George VI and Queen Elizabeth. There is also some atmospheric film of the famous K-Shoes fete. Enjoy this great trip into the past. 



There’s a whole new section to the archive that we’re sure many people will find fascinating. It’s all about Cumbria during the war years. This section concentrates on the home front. There’s a twelve part series of atmospheric photographs which is one of the largest collections of its kind that has ever been published. There are also four documentary films. Just click on Cumbria at War at the top of this page and start travelling back in time. 


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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