Through the loan and acquisition of specific items which featured in the National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, it became apparent that many individuals and organisations are the custodians of immensely valuable material, existing in a wide variety of formats, which vividly illustrate Britain’s mountain heritage.
In response to this, the Mountain Heritage Trust submitted a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to obtain funding to identify the scope and value of historical material relating to British Mountain culture and heritage.
Since then the Mountain Heritage Trust has identified many sources of mountain heritage and added substantially to its collections. These collections can be accessed by appointment at the Trust’s office, a remote research service is also available for those unable to visit in person – a full list of charges and fees is available.
The Collection can be split into three main sections: Archives, Artefacts and Printed Material.