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BLITZ: An Air Raid Precaution drill in Barrow

THE county’s four archive centres – in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven – will be showcasing an individual archive or a small selection from a collection for the first week of every month to mark the service’s 50th anniversary.

From Tuesday (8) to Friday (11) the following collections will be under the spotlight:

Barrow archive centre

The Barrow Blitz:

Part of Barrow Borough Council’s surveyors' collection. It includes a map of the town which highlights the damage caused during the blitz (14 to16 April, and 3 to 10 May 1941). The main targets for the Luftwaffe were the shipyard and the steel works. The accuracy of the raids was very limited and many residential areas throughout the town were hit. During the Barrow blitz 83 people died and 330 were injured with about 100 houses destroyed outright and a further 500 demolished later.


Westmorland Home Guard

An original film coupled with unique documents showing the local Home Guard. On display will be photographs, watercolour cartoons by Colonel Morton of Keswick Home Guard and much more. Of particular interest will be film footage of Kendal Home Guard during town fighting, night patrol and camouflage training exercises, all filmed in the local area.

Archive centre opening hours

Barrow’s archive centre is on 140 Duke Street, LA14 1XW, and is open for the following hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm.

First Saturday in the month: 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm.

Kendal’s archive centre is at Kendal County Offices, on Busher Walk, LA9 4RQ, and is open:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

For more information visit: www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/recordoffices/default.asp


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