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Local History Group

Meets every two months on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. A wide range of speakers and a friendly welcome. The Group has built up a small archive of local history items connected with the village and surrounding area. If anyone wants to add to this, or to see any of the archive please contact Keith Spence on 017683 62642 or email at kspence@phonecoop.coop.

 

Programme for 2016

   Tues. Jan. 26th 7.30pm  “ The Vikings in Cumbria”       Sheena Gemmell, M.Litt

   Tues. Mar.22nd 7.30pm      “ A Shap Childhood”             Jean Scott-Smith

   Tues. May.24th 7.30pm   “Romany of Childrens Hour'        Sheila Fletcher

   Tues. Sept.27th 7.30pm  “The NE Cumbria Coalfield”       Graham Brooks

   Tues. Nov. 29th 7.30pm   “The Cumbrian Monasteries”      Harry Hawkins

The meetings are held in Long Marton Institute, and cost £3 on the door (inc. refreshments)

All are welcome

 

Anyone doing research on family history?

 

The Group is always interested to hear from people with Long Marton connections.

The Long Marton Local History Group started in 2005 with a small group of residents - some new to the area & others brought up here - who were interested in the past life of the village.

 

Our Local History Group focused on collecting items of recent history, including oral recordings of village people who had spent much of their lives here, & who have a fund of stories concerning farming, mining, & the railway which arrived in the 1870’s & was an important influence on the village until the station closed in 1968. A regular bi-monthly meeting in the Parish Institute was established with items being shared by the members. Old photographs, newspaper cuttings, talks on the school,the railway station, & a chance to hear some of the recordings.

 

Meetings are a lively exchange of memories, funny & sad, about the people who have lived & worked here. New members joined from Knock and Appleby, & through the Long Marton web site emails started arriving from as far away as Australia asking about former family members who had lived in the village or the area. We have had a regular dip into the records of the Parish Institute, which tells the story of the people who ran it from 1893 to the present.

 

We have now joined the Cumbria Local History Federation. They can be found at www.cumbrialocalhistory.org.uk The organization links the many local history societies around Cumbria with a regular newsletter & annual Conference at the University of Cumbria. Last year (2009) they agreed to support the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, & have helped set up a new Trust body, the Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) which will raise the funds to restart & complete the massive project. The Project Leader is Dr.Angus Winchester of Lancaster University.

 

New material is constantly coming to light, like some beautiful old photographs of Appleby, Dufton & Warcop from the early 1900s. We are always pleased to be handed photographs, newspaper cuttings, or other items telling the history of this area.

 

The Secretary is Keith Spence. Contact him on 017683 62642 or email at : kspence@phonecoop.coop.

 

 

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