About VCH Cumberland

The Victoria County History (VCH) for Cumbria is a collaborative community/university project created to research and write the histories of all parts of Cumbria, and to make historical information generally available, within the framework and standards of The Victoria History of the Counties of England.

Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was established in 2010 with the backing of several heritage and government bodies, to support and organise the VCH in Cumbria. A key role of CCHT is to seek funding for the project, most of which derives from membership subscriptions and sponsorship.

All the work is being done by volunteers, under the overall direction of Dr Fiona Edmonds of Lancaster University, and with volunteer guidance and support provided by Dr James Bowen, Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Staff Profiles

Dr James Bowen James Bowen, Volunteer Coordinator

Dr James Bowen is an historian with research interests in the environmental, economic and social history of the British Isles, specifically rural agrarian history, landscape studies, local and public history. He completed a BA in History at Lancaster University including an Erasmus exchange at the University of Copenhagen, before pursuing an MA in English Local History at the University of Leicester. Returning to Lancaster, he completed a doctoral thesis on the history of common land supervised by Professor Angus J.L. Winchester. He held the Economic History Society’s R.H. Tawney Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, for the academic year 2012-13. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool, working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council Care for the Future theme project 'Spaces of Experience and Horizons of Expectation: the implication of extreme weather events, past present and future'. He is also currently the Contributing Editor for VCH Herefordshire working on Colwall, a large parish in the Malvern Hills.

Dr Fiona Edmonds Fiona Edmonds, Team Leader

Dr Fiona Edmonds is a leading specialist in the medieval history of northern Britain and Ireland. She was born and brought up in north-west England and she has extensive knowledge of Cumbria. She has recently written about the medieval kingdom of Cumbria, and saints’ cults of the Solway region. She assumed the role of Director of the Victoria County History of Cumbria when she became Director of the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University in September 2016. She was formerly based in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University.