Add something a little different to your Lake District ticklist this year and drop into the newly opened Keswick Museum to visit the first annual exhibition of our new residency.
This curation of MHT archival material offers an intriguing look at the effect of the First World War on the climbing community. On display are letters and photographs of Siegfried Herford, a leading protagonist of British climbing and one of the first ascensionists of Scafell’s Central Buttress, who was tragically killed in 1916. Also on show is the large glass plate camera the Abraham Brothers used to create the first adventure photographs. You can watch a clip of MHT Collections Manager Maxine Willett speaking from the exhibition during its press opening on ITV news.
Keswick Museum reopened its doors to the public in May for the first time in two years following a £2 million revamp. Keswick Museum was originally established in 1898 by the Literary & Scientific Society in the current building. The Art Gallery was added in 1905 featuring fittings by the renowned Keswick School of Industrial Arts. The refurbishment has brought the facilities up to date, enhanced the beautiful Arts & Crafts building and improved museum storage & display. The collection and building are owned by a Trust administered by Allerdale Borough Council. It is now managed by a largely volunteer run charity – Keswick Museum & Art Gallery Management Ltd. In order for the museum to become self sufficient, there is an entry charge for adults of £3.75. Children under 5 go free.
If the MHT exhibition sparks your curiosity you can read more about Siegfried Herford in our article ‘Climbing in to War’ for UKClimbing, and learn about the centenary of Central Buttress in our celebration report for the BMC.