Annual Report 2015

The Mountain Heritage Trust continued to raise its profile and encourage engagement with mountaineering heritage in 2015 through a range of activities.

Cataloguing work began on a Heritage Lottery Funded project to conserve, catalogue and interpret the Joe Tasker Collection. As part of this project the Trust recruited a number of volunteers and launched an exhibition celebrating historic ascents of Kangchenjunga; this was staged in Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. The Trust also worked with Keswick Museum and Art Gallery on an exhibition on local explorer, mountaineer and artist Tom Price.

Events included a fundraising lecture celebrating the climbing life of Sir Chris Bonington at the Royal Geographical Society, and promotion at Keswick Mountain Festival including a lecture by Doug Scott about Kangchenjunga. The Chairman held his annual lecture which was this year delivered by Leo Holding. A major fundraising dinner, lecture by Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott on the British Ascent of Everest in 1975 and auction held at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London.

The Trust continued to work collaboratively with the National Trust through its Allan Bank and Sticklebarn properties.

A number of new acquisitions were made by the Trust including material relating to Cambrian Mountaineering Group, Neil Mather and Rita Hallam.

Dr Charles Clarke and John Porter were recruited as Trustees in 2015.

In April 2015 the Trust appointed a part-time freelance administrator, Nicole Reeve, to support the Collections Manager and the work of the Trust.

In July 2015 Collections Manager Maxine Willett left the Mountain Heritage Trust for a new role in North Yorkshire. The British Mountaineering Council are now supporting the role of Collections Manager by funding this salary; Kelda Roe was appointed Collections Manager in December 2015 and took up post in January 2016.