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Delve into your Past and Discover the Vikings 

Two very different exhibitions will be gracing the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven until 16 June, and are both not to be missed.  Time To Get Up features a range of original sketches and designs from your favourite storybooks, set alongside colourful and engaging interactives for Children. All ages will enjoy this vibrant exhibition, brought in collaboration with […]

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Historic Ale – Cumbria’s Brewing Tradition

The industrial revolution certainly shaped our lives in West Cumbria.  It’s impact was significant and the Cumbria Industrial History Society reveal how these changes affected our modern world. We begin our series with the ancient trade of Brewing. In the early years beer brewing was largely small scale in monasteries, country houses and inns. The […]

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How Carlisle shaped the view of a British legend

Gary Johnston does not claim to be an art historian or academic but he believes that Carlisle helped alter the painting style of one of Britain’s most beloved artists, Joseph Mallord William Turner.  “My knowledge of art comes from charity shops.” admits Gary.  “I’m no expert but I collect and hoard old prints and pictures […]

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The Little Book of Cumbria – Edward Longshanks

Edward Longshanks The Solway to the west of Carlisle became a regular crossing point for invading armies. Edward I of England was remorseless in his attacks on the Scots, gaining the nickname ‘Hammer of the Scots’ over many years of battle. In 1307 he returned to the north, intent on fording the Solway at the […]

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The Little Book of Cumbria – The Bishop of Barf

The Little Book of Cumbria By David Ramshaw As one travels north from Keswick on the A66, the steep slate scree slope of Barf is seen to the left with a large white-painted rock standing near the top of the scree. This is the Bishop of Barf, a memorial to a foolish wager.  In 1783 […]

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Carlisle and Wetheral History Tour

In the fourth installment of our guided history tour of Carlisle we get an insight into the well-known and lesser-known landmarks of the great border city.  Carr’s Biscuit Factory  In 1831, Jonathan Dodgson Carr created a small bakery and factory in the town which proved so popular that he received a royal warrant in 1841.  […]

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The tragic life of Mary Queen of Scots

Written by Danielle Murphy With the recent release of the movie ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ we thought we would share with our readers how the controversial queen is connected to our county. Mary returned to Scotland from France in 1561, after her young husband died, leaving her no longer welcome in the country. Her reign […]

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The Little Book of Cumbria – Keswick

Written by David Ramshaw, Photo courtesy of Richard Beadnall Keswick’s Cheesy origin The name is probably from the old English meaning ‘farm where cheese is made’, the word deriving from cēse (cheese), with a Scandinavian initial ‘k’, and wīc (special place or dwelling). The name first appeared in writing about 1234 relating to the purchase […]

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