This centre provides:
- one public access computer in the Archive Centre and one in the Local Studies Library to allow brief 'look-ups' of a limited selection of useful websites containing local sources, including CASCAT, Ancestry and Find My Past
- wheelchair access
- vending machine and seating area available in adjoining library
Sources available at this archive centre
Original historical documents relating to the area of Furness (Lancashire North of the Sands) and South West Cumberland, particularly for Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.
- Church of England Parishes
- Nonconformist Churches
- Local authorities
- Civil Parishes
- businesses and industries
- landed estates
- Estate papers of the Duke of Buccleuch, reflecting the local iron ore industry c1854 to 1963 (BDBUC)
- Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. including gun mounting drawings c1898 to1950 (BDB 16 and others)
- Hodbarrow Mining Company Ltd 1824 to 1969 (BDB 21)
- Millom Hematite Ore and Iron Company Limited (and associated companies 1824 to 1970 (BDB 47)
- Ordnance Survey maps
- local studies collection of photographs
Local studies library
Microfilms of Church of England and Non-conformist churches registers of Baptism, Marriage and Burial. Cemetery records (on microfiche) and some indexes for Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands.
Newspapers (on microfilm) including:
- Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser 1848-1914
- Barrow News 1883-1985
- North Western Daily/Evening Mail 1898-current
- Lancaster Gazette
The library holds books relating to Barrow, Furness and the counties of Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland. A selection will be available in the library but the rest can be requested. There is also a collection of periodicals, most of which need to be requested:
- Chetham Society
- Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
- Fell and Rock Climbing Club Journal
- Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
- Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
- Lancashire and Cheshire Naturalist
- Lancashire Parish Register Society
- Northern History
- Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
- Surtees Society
Census returns for Furness and Cartmel areas, and South Cumberland including Millom, 1841 to 1901 with some printed indexes.
Collections that require advance ordering
Some collections may need to be ordered in advance, this is because they are either stored at our Carlisle outstore or need additional time for us to produce them at Barrow.
Before you visit this centre, check our advance order collection page.
Book a visit
Make an order in advance
There are a number of records that require prior ordering before visiting this archive centre.
For more information on which collections these are, read our prior ordering page on the Cumbria archives website.
If you would like to deposit or donate records, before you visit you'll need to read our depositing records page on the Cumbria archives website.
Sign up for an Archive Card
If you want to see original archives you will need to obtain or already have a valid Archives Card.
How to get here
Buses to Barrow stop on Duke Street across the road from the Archive Centre.
It's a 5 to 10 minute walk to train station. Trains run to Barrow from Carlisle, and from Preston and Lancaster.
Parking in the area is limited to 2 hours. Free parking available at west end of Duke Street; pay and display car park behind Town Hall on Duke Street.
There is disabled access to this building.
Open Wednesday to Friday: 9.30 am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm (closed 1pm to 2pm)
Local Studies Library
The library is open:
Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
Friday until 5pm
Saturdays: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Barrow Archive Centre and Local Studies Library