About Us

The Mountain Heritage Trust was founded in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. Second to none in terms of breadth, Britain has a proud legacy in the Alps, the Himalaya and the other great mountain ranges as well as closer to home on British rock. Pioneers in techniques from the earliest days, Britain’s climbers and mountaineers have also led the way in preservation and conservation of traditions, culture and mountain heritage. The trustees all firmly believe that mountain heritage matters for now and for the future.

Climber on Yosemite Wall

Climber on Yosemite Wall, Malham © Ron Kenyon

The Mountain Heritage Trust preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibits and sets up gallery exhibitions.

Among its early successes was the establishment of the National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith.

The Mountain Heritage Trust also led on the creation of the Everest ‘Top of the World Exhibition’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.

The Mountain Heritage Trust continues to develop exhibition programmes while at the same time expanding its collections.

En route to the Matterhorn

En route to the Matterhorn, 2009 © Nick Colton

The Mountain Heritage Trust is the only organisation of its kind in the UK.