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.
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.
"I have kept all the correspondence, papers and diaries from all of my expeditions over the last 48 years in a shed at the bottom of my garden which reflects some of the most important British expeditions of the 60s, 70s and 80s. I'm delighted that these are now going to see the light of day thanks to the expertise of the Mountain Heritage Trust and, most important of all, will be made available to the mountaineering community and anyone wanting to research this element of mountain history."
The papers of Sir Chris Bonington, one of Britain’s most outstanding mountaineers and expedition leaders, are now available and open to the general public.Find out more