MHT is based in Penrith, Cumbria, just outside the Lake District National Park boundary. Participation in mountain based outdoor pursuits, mountain walking, climbing, biking, kayaking, etc., is the fastest growing recreation in the UK, yet many people are unaware of the heritage of mountain activities, both cultural and sporting. The trustees believe that the work of MHT will help individuals to understand this heritage and the landscape in which they pursue their activities, thereby enriching their experience as a whole. The work also complements that of other organisations such as the Wordsworth Trust and the Ruskin Museum. Establishing an awareness of the significance of mountain heritage enables both residents and visitors to appreciate fully the benefits of living in or visiting a heritage-rich landscape.
Ultimately, MHT, through its own collection and database of other existing archives and artefacts, aims to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Supporting the work of MHT allows access to a unique research resource on the mountain environment in its broadest sense.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer to support our work in any way, please contact the archivist on 01768 840911 or via firstname.lastname@example.org