Black Memories Matter

A collaborative project between Tullie House Museum, Carlisle Library and Archives service and M-Unit to address the lack of diversity within Cumbria's collections. 

We want to create meaningful change at Tullie House in relation to our commitment to diverse representation. Our collections don’t accurately represent the level of cultural diversity we see in Cumbria today and we want to change this. Our first step is the launch of a new, active collections campaign, which focuses on crowd sourcing stories, objects and memories belonging to people with black heritage in Cumbria.

Image: Lindsey Atkinson

How to get involved?

  • Is there anything you would like to share with us, our visitors and future generations?
  • Do you have objects or photographs belonging to or featuring people who live or work in Cumbria? We understand people may not wish to part with precious items, so we can accept high quality scans of images or video files.
  • We'd love to hear your stories and experiences of living in Cumbria? Let us know if we can support to recording of  stories in a safe way.
  • Do you have photographs from the Black Lives Matter gathering in Carlisle in 2020?
  • Have you collected newspaper articles, written a journal or created artwork? 

If this project speaks to you, or if you'd like more information about submission or simply want to offer feedback please email our curators via or speak to Tim Cottingham, Community Services Officer for Carlisle Library & Archives: 07557600606.

Please note: There will be a small amount of paperwork to complete for anything you would like us to collect. This can be shared directly via email and completed digitally.


On: 07 th October 2020, 10:00 am Until: 31 st December 2023, 11:45 pm