Reference Number:
GB 3075 BAR
Papers of Giles Barker
2.5 boxes
Creator Name 1:
Barker | Giles Ellis
Biog/Admin History:
Giles Ellis Barker was born in Hathersage in the Derbyshire Peak District in 1956. He was educated at Repton School, Derbyshire. In 1974 he attended Sheffield University to study archaeology where he joined the Sheffield University Mountaineering Club (S.U.M.C) and served as its President. Whilst a member he achieved several first ascents and made strong connections with other local climbers.
In September 1980 Giles enrolled on the PGCE course at University College North Wales, Bangor where the outdoor activity course held special interest. Once qualified he went to work at Lady Manners School in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
During his tenure Giles decided to write a comprehensive history of climbing in the Peak District. The papers and audio recordings which survive are the research material for this project.
After suffering injury incurred from climbing, Giles concentrated on cave exploration and was keen to photograph this activity and the people who enjoyed it.
Tragically Giles Barker died on 10th August 1992, aged 36, whilst exploring the Torca de Azpilicueta cave during a caving expedition to the Matienzo system in Spain. His name is commemorated by the Giles Barker Award which is presented annually by the Red Rose CPC and Morgannwg CC for excellence achieved in caving photography.
Archival History:
Audio interviews converted from analogue tape to digital media circa November 2009.
Acquisition Source:
Donated by P Diffley.
Accession Number:
2009/11 & 2011/02
Scope and Content:
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:
Copyright remains with Giles Barker and his estate.
Finding Aids:
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
Barker, Giles Ellis (1956-1992)
Peak District
Rock climbing
2012-09-28 00:00:00
M Willett