Support the VCH Westmorland

The Cumbria County History Trust - Charity Registration No. 1137379

The Cumbria County History Trust is a charitable association formed by organisations and individuals to fund, support, and progress the Victoria County History project for Cumbria.

The VCH Cumbria Project is managed by a partnership of the Cumbria County History Trust (responsible for providing the resources), Lancaster University (the centre of excellence and employer of the County Editor) and VCH central office at the Institute for Historical Research (the ultimate publishers responsible for the VCH).

How is Cumbria County History Trust organised?

The Trust, which is a Charitable Association (No. 1137379), came into existence in January 2010 with the nomination of trustees to represent the nine sponsoring bodies and the approval, by the nominated trustees, of a constitution. Read the Constitution of CCHT.

The management of CCHT rests with the whole body of trustees which includes both nominated and elected trustees. The direction of the VCH project is in the hands of a steering committee comprising persons representing VCH central office, Lancaster University and CCHT.

Officers and trustees for 2012 Following the AGM are:-

Chair: Bryan Gray

Secretary: Richard Brockington (CLHF)

Treasurer: John Garside

Other Appointed Trustees: Dr Bill Shannon (CWAAS), Mary Wane (CWAAS), Cllr Kevin Lancaster (Cumbria County Council), Vivienne Rees (LDNPA), Sarah Woodcock (National Trust), Prof Keith Stringer (Lancaster University), David Gambriath (University of Cumbria), Rob Matthews.

Other Elected Trustees: Tiffany Hunt, Marion McClintock, June Hall

Who can join the Trust?

The Trust is now recruiting members and volunteers, and is seeking offers of funding. Membership is open to any person who wishes to support the project, approved organisations, such as history and heritage societies, who wish to support or participate in the work, and approved corporate/commmercial organisations which have a wish to support community work on the history and heritage of their area. The role of the trust is principally one of fundraising, and membership has been set at £25 a year, with a commitment for the five years of the initial project requested. Until the end of the year, founder members are being recruited who will covenant to give £100 for five years.

The VCH Cumbria project will be resourced from the community and is intended to benefit the community, from involvement and the histories and databases produced. Membership of CCHT enables interested persons and organisations to 'own' the project. Find out about Joining CCHT

What resources are required?

The Trust seeks funding from grant-giving bodies which support community based educational and heritage projects. The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society has generously given £10,000 per annum for five years, and the Trust aims to raise funds to match that, principally from membership covenants.

Find out about Joining CCHT

But the fundraising is only part of the resources required, because the project is based upon the collaboration of local historians and other participants thoughout Cumbria, the role of the County Editor being to lead the work rather than do it. By participating, local historians and those with an active interest in the history and heritage of their area, will be able to develop their skills and interest through training and participation, and promote interest within their community through the outputs of the project. Participants at all levels of knowledge and interest are welcome to join and participate in some way. Find out about being a volunteer.

For further information about membership or volunteering, or to express interest, please contact Richard Brockington:-01768 870352 or email