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.

C Bonington climbing at Stoney Middleton, Peak District © Chris Bonington Picture Library

C Bonington climbing at Stoney Middleton, Peak District © Chris Bonington Picture Library

The papers cover over fifty years of climbing and mountaineering history and document expeditions including those to Annapurna in 1970, Mount Everest in 1972, 1975, 1982 and 1985, the Ogre, Mount Kongur, Panch Chuli and Sepu Kangri; autobiographies and books documenting expeditions; personal correspondence; articles written for publication; other media activity such as television programmes; details of lecture tours and involvement with the Nick Estcourt and the Boardman Tasker Awards.

C Bonington on Mount Everest, 1975 © Chris Bonington Picture Library

C Bonington on Mount Everest, 1975 © Chris Bonington Picture Library

A travelling exhibition has been created which showcases how a large scale expedition operates, using the expedition to Mount Everest in 1975 as a point of reference. 

To celebrate the opening of this collection, a selection of images is displayed in our virtual gallery as well as here.  The full catalogue is available to view here.

BMC     lottery funded