The Keswick Museum will reopen to the public on Saturday 24 May, when the Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) will launch its first exhibition in its new residency at the museum. The first exhibition 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 who was tragically killed in 1916. Also on show is the large glass plate camera the Abraham Brothers used to create their exciting photographs. On the Friday 23 May there will be a VIP reception for invitees of the museum and the MHT, with prosecco and canapés in the new Cafe West.
Founded in 2000, MHT conserves the vibrant history of British mountaineering and mountain culture, and has ambitious plans to make its archive relevant and accessible today through exhibitions, events and new projects, such as with the Keswick museum. From their home crags to the Alps, the Himalaya and the greater ranges British climbers and mountaineers have left an incredible legacy of dreams and achievements. MHT exists to preserve their stories.
Keswick Museum was opened by the Literary & Scientific Society in 1898 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.