About the catalogue

Cumbria Archive Service manages and cares for over 10 miles of unique and important historical records in some 10,000 different collections, dating from the 11th to the 21st centuries, and held at our four Archive Centres at Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven. Since the 1940s the Archive Service has been creating and compiling paper-based catalogues, lists and indexes. In the 1990s the Archive Service acquired its first electronic archive catalogue and our first version of CASCAT, our online catalogue went live in 2008. It now contains over 500,000 separate record descriptions and is growing daily.

CASCAT mainly contains catalogues for new material deposited at the four Archive Centres since 1999. It also contains older paper catalogues converted into electronic format under the Access to Archives (A2A) project, and these are also available online on theĀ The National Archives Discovery Catalogue. All of these A2A catalogues are now incorporated into CASCAT and a list of theseĀ is available (PDF, 84kb).

You can find information on the 'What is in CASCAT?' page on this site or use our Collection Guide for the most detailed overview of our holdings and for links to take you straight to the relevant parts of the catalogue.

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