Society marks 150th anniversary

THIS year the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a variety of events and talks.

The CWAAS has four affiliated groups in Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal and one here in Egremont.

The one in Egremont has existed since about 1958 and since 1993 their winter talks meetings have been held in the upstairs Supper Room of the town’s Market Hall.

On Saturday 19th November the local group will welcome Dr. Angus Winchester, who is Professor of Local and Landscape History at Lancaster University, and will talk on the history and achievements of the CWAAS in the researching and reporting of all aspects of Cumbria’s history and archaeology, publishing an immense body of works, particularly in its annual Volume of Transactions.

Dr. Winchester is a native of Cockermouth and during his career has been foremost in research into landscape and environmental history of Cumbria, especially of the upland areas, and has produced many books and articles on the history of Cumbria, resulting from his archival studies.

He is also Director of the Victoria County History (Cumbria) which aims to compile a digest of all the townships of Cumbria.
The meeting will take place in the Supper Room of Egremont Market Hall at 2pm and is open to members (£1) and visitors (£3).

Future meetings can be found on the website cumbriapast.com or from the secretary, Len Watson Tel. 019467 24634