Cockermouth Heritage Group

The Cockermouth Heritage Group is part of Kirkgate Arts, based at the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth. We research and record all aspects of Cockermouth’s history and that of the surrounding area. We collect (or copy) old photographs, as well as artefacts of all kinds that were made, used or owned in our area. We now have a considerable collection of items, which are used in regular exhibitions at the centre, or to answer local and family history queries.

This is an exciting time for the Group! As the centre embarks on an ambitious modernisation project, it will also bring to life the history of the building. In addition, the project will give us flexible exhibition space so we will have the opportunity to put together small displays and exhibitions on local heritage themes more often. There are also plans to undertake an oral history project and to digitise the collection.

We meet on Monday evenings in the Egremont Room at the Kirkgate (7.45pm - 9.30 pm), when we work with our collection and discuss any issues/queries relating to local or family history.

Whilst we are unable to offer a family history research service, we are happy to help with individual family history queries and can offer a look-up service in directories and limited family files that we hold. Similarly, we are happy to answer local history queries.

We would welcome new members. If you are interested in local history and would like to join us please or have a general enquiry, please email: [email protected]

Local History Collection

The Kirkgate Centre houses our significant local collection, unique to Cockermouth and the surrounding area - curated and managed by the Cockermouth Heritage Group. The collection gives a fascinating insight into the themes of People and Place, Work and Culture and encompasses a wide range of local social and economic history from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.

Each year the Heritage Group mounts an exhibition during the summer at the centre, enjoyed by both locals and many visitors to the area.

Click here to visit the Cockermouth Heritage Group website.