Archive centreCarlisle
ReferenceDSO 42
TitleCumberland Development Council
Date1935-1968
Extent240
ContextThe Cumberland Development Council was formed in 1935 following a meeting called by the District Commissioner for the Special Areas (West Cumberland). Its object was to promote the economic welfare of the people of Cumberland by investigating, collecting and publishing information about the industrial advantages and opportunities of the region. The Council consisted of representatives of local industrial concerns, businesses, trades unions and local authorities. Its work embraced publicity, the commissioning of industrial surveys, assistance towards improved social services, and the introduction of new capital into the area. Its area of interest was that defined in the Special Areas Development and Improvement Act of 1934 and included the Rural Districts of Wigton, Cockermouth, Ennerdale and Millom and the Urban Districts of Maryport, Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven. Its objectives as set out in its Articles of Association were to promote the economic welfare of the inhabitants of Cumberland by collecting and publishing information on the opportunities and advantages of the area, to cultivate interest in the area by advertisement and publicity and to lobby government for industry and employment in the area. Its Secretary was John J. Adams, later Lord Adams of Ennerdale.
Related materialWhitehaven Archive Centre: Papers of the West Cumberland Industrial Development Company (YDB 60); papers of E G Sarsfield Hall, Commissioner for the West Cumberland Special Area 1937-1938, and a founder and Director of the West Cumberland Industrial Development Company (YDX 165); Nuffield College Library, Oxford: papers of the Nuffield Trust for the Special Areas (MSS.NTSA), contain records relating to many of the companies established by the West Cumberland Industrial Development Company.
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