The social history costume collection relates to clothing worn or associated with key figures in north Cumbrian history. Represented are famous Cumbrian huntsman John Peel; John Dodgson Carr, founder of Carr’s biscuit factory; Lady Dorothy Howard, from one of Cumbria’s most influential families; Sir Benjamin Scott, a former mayor of Carlisle; Margery Jackson, the ‘Carlisle Miser’; and Tadeusz Felc, a Polish fighter pilot who trained and settled in Carlisle.