Other Everests: One Mountain, Many Worlds

Following our previous article, we're delighted to finally reveal more details about the much-anticipated exhibition Other Everests: One Mountain, Many Worlds. Hosted by the National Trust at Wray Castle in the Lake District from 8 June to 24 November 2024, this exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest expedition. The display will explore the stories of legendary climbers while shedding light on the lesser-known indigenous Sherpas and porters whose contributions were crucial to the success of early mountaineering expeditions.

A New Perspective on the 1924 Expedition

As we shared previously, the Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) is honoured to have provided a replica of George Mallory's climbing outfit for this exhibition, offering a glimpse into the gear used on the fateful 1924 ascent, along with a substantial quantity of artefacts including clothing worn in the Himalaya by George Band, Chris Bonington, John Porter and others, as well as trunks, climbing equipment and other artefacts held by the MHT in our extensive collections. The exhibition is complemented by artefacts and archives from the Royal Geographical Society and other sources, helping to reveal the fascinating history of Everest exploration through both famous and underexplored lenses.

Celebrating the Sherpas' Contribution

Curators Dr Jonathan Westaway (UCLAN) and Harvey Wilkinson (National Trust) have curated stunning photographic archives that capture the lives and work of the Sherpa porters and other indigenous workers. Presented through vivid lightboxes, these images aim to provide visitors with a fuller understanding of the invaluable roles these individuals played in the expeditions.

Dr Westaway explains, "These expeditions relied on a diverse group of Indigenous labourers, from cooks to high-altitude climbers, who remain underrepresented in historical accounts. It's crucial to finally give them the recognition they deserve."

Members in camp 1924 Mount Everest Expedition ©Royal Geographical Society with IBG

Connecting Past and Present in Mountaineering

The exhibition will also feature historic climbing gear alongside modern apparel recovered from Everest, highlighting how technology and tourism have transformed mountaineering. The inclusion of interactive family activities and a climbing wall ensures an engaging experience for visitors of all ages.

This exciting exhibition complements the previously announced Sandy Irvine Exhibition at Merton College, Oxford, and the University of Cambridge's exploration of George Mallory's personal letters. The MHT is thrilled to be part of this extraordinary opportunity for climbers and enthusiasts to deepen their understanding of Everest's past while celebrating the resilience and courage of its explorers and their unsung heroes.

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