- The Society was formed in 1993, founded by the late Ron George. It is not a registered charity but is run by a committee and has formal accounts. Our 'territory' is shown on the map, but we are not parochial in our approach. Please see our constitution.
- We organise talks on local history topics, held in the Yew Tree Hall, High Lorton on alternate months. These are free to members and open to visitors for £2.50.
- We organise guided visits to historical sites, and other activities such as local historical walks.
- We publish a Journal and a newsletter called The Wanderer, each twice yearly and we send to full UK members the Cumbria Local History Federation Bulletins, three time a year.
- The Society operates this website which has further information about its activities, and provides access to information and resources.
- We currently have three groups which members may join, covering the Victoria County History, house history and landscape history. Our members undertake research projects of their own, which they may then share through a presentation or article. The society may be able to help members with small grants to assist.
- We have an archive relating to the area, comprising photos, maps, registers, censuses, surveys and books. This is available to members and used by the public seeking information.
- To mark its 10th anniversary, the Society organised an exhibition featuring large maps of local townships showing everyone who lived there around 1840, together with photographs of the houses.
- To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Wordsworths’ visit to Lorton, we held an exhibition and produced a book entitled ‘Wordsworth and the famous Lorton yew tree’.
- The Society has two books in print, A Cumberland Valley, a History of the Parish of Lorton by Ron George, at £12.95 and Life in Old Loweswater by Roz Southey at £8.95.
- Full membership for 2009/10, starting 1st November, costs £10 but is reduced to £8 for other members at the same address sharing mailings.
- To join for the current year, commencing 1st November, please contact the Membership Secretary, Anne Asquith, on 01900 822969, or 8 Holmewood Avenue, Cockermouth CA13 0BE. Or contact the Society by clicking the following link:
Mary Robinson, Maid of Buttermere
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