The Arnside archive group is a voluntary organisation based in the Arnside Educational Institute. Members are cataloguing and organising materials donated by local people, notably a large collection of photographs assembled by local historian Dennis Bradbury.

We also hold the Barry Ayres collection. Barry was an amateur local historian, editor of the AONB magazine Keer to Kent, a Silverdale and latterly an Arnside resident.The index to Barry's collection can be accessed from the Mourholme LHS site by clicking here and the papers themselves can be viewed by visiting the Arnside archive.

This website showcases some of the highlights from the archive collection and other information we have collected for our exhibitions. We are updating it all the time so please keep visiting!

Selected Photographs from the archive.




Our aims are

We put on displays and workshops about specific topics throughout the year and carry out oral history interviews. Recent projects and events have included a history of transport,  WW1 in Arnside; tourism in Arnside, the history of schools in Arnside, Shops and Hotels, Houses in Arnside and the Maritime Heritage of Arnside.

We hold weekly workshops where new members can be trained to participate in archive activities, such as cataloguing and preparing exhibition materials and researching particular topics of interest.

Currently the workshops are held at 10-12pm on Wednesdays 

We welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the group, come along to one of the workshops or contact us on arnsidearchivegroup@gmail.com