British Women Climb exhibition extended until end of 2018

Back in September 2017 the Mountain Heritage Trust’s British Women Climb exhibition opened at Keswick Museum; exploring the experiences of women climbers, their challenges to social expectations, and their mountaineering achievements across history.  Now, one year on, MHT is pleased to … [more]

Call for donations to our handling collection

As part of our on-going Heritage Lottery Funded Man and Mountain project, we are engaging children in the history of mountaineering and looking to develop a handling collection that can be used by schools for educational purposes. There has been … [more]

North to South, East to West: Five regions that inspired young Chris Bonington

Chris’ early years are perhaps best described in two ways, enthusiastic and inexperienced. His instinctive draw to the mountains from a young age was equally matched by just how isolated he was from gaining appropriate experience. Undeterred however he threw … [more]

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A Climbing Record: Eight climbs logged by Chris Bonington

Despite Sir Chris Bonington’s glowing track record in the greater ranges, he also climbed extensively across the UK. The iconic first ascent of Old Man of Hoy is only part of the story, Chris put up the Cheddar Gorge classic … [more]

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MHT remember Joe Tasker at Preston Park Museum

Friends, family and guests from the climbing world attended what was a very successful lecture from Chris Brown MBE, the tenth Britain to have scaled the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each continent.  On the 12th May Preston Park … [more]

A Life of Literature: Eight books by Sir Chris Bonington

It is not enough to simply climb. Bringing back one’s tales from the mountains has been a core aspect of mountaineering since the early days of scientific and geographic exploration. As mountaineering became an activity in its own right, so … [more]

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Major new exhibition on Chris Bonington to open 19th May

Mountain Heritage Trust is delighted to announce its latest exhibition on world renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington will open at Keswick Museum on the 19th May 2018. Our exhibition closely follows Chris’ journey that rose from the unassuming beginnings on … [more]

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Collections Manager Job Vacancy

Are you an experienced archivist, museums or heritage professional with an interest in the outdoors? Are you keen to work in a mountainous location in the Lake District with office views like this?: If so, read on! The Mountain Heritage … [more]

The Evolution of the Ice Axe: 1930 – 1980

Over the past months we have been tracing the development of some of the most iconic ice axes since the 1930s. We’ve seen wood change to metal alloy, long alpenstocks change to short climbing tools, and straight shafts and picks … [more]

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Scouts help raise over £500 for Mountain Heritage Trust

A packed Bradley Wood Scout Camp listened to Mountain Heritage Trust ambassador and mountaineer Nigel Vardy recount his exploits across the globe back in November 2017. Over 100 people from the Scouts and other local outdoor groups listened to the … [more]