2017 has been another busy year for the Mountain Heritage Trust with office relocation, a major repackaging project, a new exhibition, a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid, continued partner working, attendance at events, and recruitment of new Trustees and staff, along with significant acquisitions and numerous enquiries.
From January-March the Trust relocated its office and collections from Station House in Penrith to the Blencathra Field Centre. Following this a major repackaging project began with the support of several volunteers.
April saw the Trust partnering with the National Trust and Arc’teryx in Langdale for an evening event and a publicly accessible stand for a full weekend.
In May we got the news that our Heritage Lottery Fund bid, for a project linking Chris Bonington to the Cumbrian landscape, had been successful. This led to work beginning on the three major areas of the project: oral history gathering, exhibition planning, and the recruitment of a member of staff to deliver a programme of engagement activities.
The summer saw development of the Trust’s new exhibition British Women Climb – which launched in September and featured loans from a range of organisations including the Alpine Club, Fell and Rock Climbing Club, Pinnacle Club, the British Mountaineering Council, Rohan and Cumbria Archives; as well as from individuals including world bouldering champion Shauna Coxsey.
Throughout the year the Trust has also worked to develop its collections taking in 44 new collections and individual objects. We have worked to promote access to the collections in our care by answering 85 enquiries, supporting researchers and independent projects linked to mountain heritage, and participating in the running of family events at Keswick Museum. We have also been seen out and about promoting the Trust’s work at a range of events – from the British Mountaineering Council AGM to Kendal Mountain Festival.
A more detailed version of this report can be accessed here: Annual report 2017.