Reference Number:
GB 3075 JNE
Papers of Jill Neate
24 discs, 1 cd and 1 folder
Creator Name 1:
Neate | Jill (1934-1993)
Biog/Admin History:
Willam Neate was born in Finchley on 10th October 1934 and educated at Merchant Taylors School. William went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, working for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and graduated into management consultancy and company secretarial services. William had first climbed in Britain and The Alps in 1953 whilst on holiday and it was from these trips that the passion for mountaineering grew. After the death of both parents in 1970, William moved to Keswick in the Lake District and embarked on a career in mountaineering scholarship. It was at this time that William also started the long process of changing sexual identity to become Jill Neate.

Her scholarship interests led Jill to publish Mountaineering Literature in 1986, which became regarded as a seminal work. In 1987 Mountaineering in the Andes was published by the Royal Geographical Society and profiled the lesser known literature of South American mountaineering which required Jill to add Spanish to her language skills which already included French and German. In 1989 High Asia, an illustrated history of the 7,000 metre peaks was published and met with great acclaim. Other published works included a catalogue of Lake District writings and the translation of several books and guidebooks into English.

She was a member of the Alpine Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Jill was also an active member of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team assisting in over 200 rescues as well as organising exhibitions and lectures.

Her personal interests also included gardening, browsing second-hand bookshops and enjoying the company of her cats.

Jill Neate died suddenly on Blencathra Fell in the Lake District on 12th May 1993 aged 58.
Archival History:
Original Amstrad discs converted to MS DOS by John King, April 2009
Acquisition Source:
Donated by Audrey Salkeld.
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Amstrad discs containing research notes and draft chapters for Mountaineering Literature, Mountaineering in the Andes and High Asia, an illustrated history of the 7,000 metre peaks; cd containing converted data and research notes for High Asia.
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Reproduction Copyright:
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
7000 metre peaks
Lake District
Messner, Reinhold (1944-)
Nanga Parbat
Neate, Jill (1934-1993)
Riefenstahl, Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" (1902-2003)
2011-09-23 00:00:00
M Willett