Peak Rock

The book Peak Rock is a celebration of significant developments at the cutting edge of rock climbing in the Peak District, from the day that James W Puttrell first set foot on rock at Wharncliffe in the late nineteenth century, … [more]

New book on Peak District Climbing

Details of a forthcoming volume on the history of climbing in the Peak District has been unveiled.  Drawing on the paper and audio archives of Giles Barker held within MHT Collections, Phil Kelly and his team are finishing what Giles … [more]

Everywhere jacket unveiled

Dan Smith’s project to create a new jacket based on that worn by George Mallory was unveiled last night.  He has fashioned a very wearable and functional piece which is currently on display at the REVEAL Graduate Show at Northumbria … [more]

Wainwright Collection

MHT wish to extend their congratulations to the Cumbria Archives Service for securing an HLF grant to fund the purchase and future preservation of the papers of Alfred Wainwright.  MHT will be working with CAS and other partners including Kendal … [more]

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery

MHT is pleased to be working with Keswick Museum and Art Gallery to add an element of climbing and mountaineering history to its galleries on the ground floor. A copy of the latest press release is available here.  MHT will … [more]

Quest for Adventure – the Chris Bonington Archive Collection

Thanks to funding supplied by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Mountaineering Council, the MHT Archivist, with volunteer assistance, has been working to catalogue this outstanding collection and re-house the papers to ensure long-term preservation. The papers cover over … [more]


MHT has been working with RockArchivist since Summer 2010, initially to make the Collection of Giles Barker more widely available. The collection itself was initially donated in November 2009 and comprises material related to an unpublished book “Peak Performance – … [more]

Mallory Replica Clothing

The Mallory replicas challenge the conventional view that Mallory’s clothing and equipment were inadequate for his final 1924 Everest expedition. Based on scientific analysis of textile fragments from the original clothing, recovered on Everest in 1999, the replicas were created … [more]

Onwards and Upwards

Funding from the Northern Rock Foundation for a project entitled ‘Onwards and Upwards: The Archive of Ascent’ enabled MHT’s archivist, Maxine Willett, to contact all UK based climbing clubs to assess exactly what records/artefacts exist, where they are held, the … [more]

Echoes from the Crags – an Audio Climbing Archive

The climbing and mountaineering world is full of characters. Many of them have interesting and exciting stories to tell. Wouldn’t it be great if we could capture them for posterity? MHT is continuing its important work by looking at the … [more]