- The society usually meets at 7.30pm in Cartmel Village Hall on 1st Thursday of the month. Free parking on site.
7 Feb 2019 – Richard Sanderson – Backbarrow Ironworks. Backbarrow Ironworks have been described by Historic England as “the best illustration nationally of iron-smelting technology development from the early C18 to the C20”. The site has featured on the Heritage at Risk register for many years, and there have been a number of previous attempts to “save” it without success. Richard will tell us more about what is happening now and plans for the future.
7 March – Michelle Cooper – Fishing Traditions of Morecambe Bay. A oral history project run by Morecambe Bay Partnership as part of Headlands to Headspaces (H2H) is focusing on the small inshore fishing communities especially those at Flookburgh, Morecambe and Sunderland Point. Michelle will give us an insight into what memories have been collected.
4 April – Arnside Archives – Arnside Maritime Heritage. Research is being undertaken on boatbuilding by the Crossfield family of Arnside and The Severn, a 1912 yacht, built by Crossfield returned to Arnside in April 2018. This talk will be about the project.
9 May – Dan Elsworth – Allithwaite Archaeology (at Mary Lambert Hall, Allithwaite). Dan of Greenlane Archaeology will update us about important and exciting archaeological finds in Allithwaite in the past and more recently.
Summer trips TBA
5 Sept – Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park – The Corpse Roads of Cumbria. Criss-crossing the Cumbrian landscape are many trods, paths, lonnings and other ancient trackways , included among these are several corpse roads. These paths were used until the 18th Century to transport the dead from the remote villages to the ‘mother’ church for burial. Alan and Lesley have written a book about these tracks.
3 Oct – Peter Roebuck – Cattle Droving through Cumbria 1600-1900/ A talk by an Emeritus Professor of History at University of Ulster who now lives in Cumbria. He has researched and published research on Irish and British agrarian history. Peter will talk about large scale, long distance movement of cattle from pasture to market.
7 Nov – AGM
If you have any questions or suggestions for future speakers please contact Pat Rowland via the contact form on the Contact Us page.