The archives offer a fascinating window into the long history of the Lancashire Caving and Climbing Club. With over 2000 individual documents in the club archives including historical photographs, club journals, newsletters, and a whole range of other curious artefacts, the archive provides an interesting history of how the club has developed into the present day.
The Lancashire Caving and Climbing Club was a very forward thinking club of its time being one of the few clubs to allow both male and female members. Throughout its long history, the club has gathered an extensive archive. The archive comprises a wide ranging collection of disparate items dating right back to the club’s creation in 1936. They are currently housed in the Lancashire Archives in Preston where they are kept in perpetuity. The archives are available for members to view in the reading rooms of the Lancashire archives, however they will soon be available to view online in a digitised format. The collection includes over 2000 individual items, all with historical importance and include among other things photographs, journals and newsletters which give a fascinating insight into the social history of one of the pioneering clubs of the 20th Century. The newsletters include contemporary meet reports and club news, but the journals are especially interesting because they not only have reports on club trips further afield, but also the more creative side of members with poetry and mountain literature. There is also a set of the original log books as well as documents charting the development of Tranearth, the Club hut near Torver in the Lake District. As well as this, there are hundreds of more routine articles relating directly to the machinations of the club’s committee. Meeting minutes, AGM minutes and notes documenting the everyday running of the club by the committee and its members.
The archive will be coming soon. Please contact us if you need any further information on the club’s history.