Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDSO 93
Alternative ref.DH 275
TitleWhitehaven Civic Society
Extent3 boxes
ContextThe original Civic Society was founded in 1968 and flourished until about 1974. Minutes of the Executive Committee and Annual General Meetings survive as a sequence until 1971. Campaigns included Advice on exterior painting of buildings, 20 Irish Street (now part of Copeland Borough Council offices), an unsuccessful attempt to preserve the Basket House at Kells, and attempts to increase the number of listed buildings in the town from 66 in 1970. They were also instrumental in preserving the Watchtower on the Old Quay. By the 1980s the Society was no longer active.

In 1986 the Society was reformed and formally reconstituted as the Whitehaven and District Civic Society. The Society continued up until 2003, but is no longer active (2008). It has placed plaques on a number of buildings associated with important people, campaigned for the preservation of Whitehaven Castle, secured the listing of a number of structures and promoted a best kept garden and tree planting schemes and photographic competitions.

It has recorded the Monumental Inscriptions of the Kirk in High Street.
Catalogue levelFonds
Subject termsClubs and societies

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