Famous items – such as Sir Chris Bonington’s mountaineering kit – are saved from a dusty end, thanks to a donation from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
The Mountain Heritage Trust officially opened its new premises at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre on Friday 24 March.
The Mountain Heritage Trust, established in 2000, aims to document Britain’s climbing and mountaineering history and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibitions and sets up gallery exhibitions. The current collection includes many items from famous mountaineers such as Sir Chris Bonington.
The BMC contributes £30,000 per year to the running of the Mountain Heritage Trust and, through a legacy donation, was able to contribute a further £25,000 to help its move from Penrith to Blencathra.
The Blencathra Centre will now be the main location for their collection of mountaineering history items in the UK. Sharing the site with the Field Studies Council, it will offer new opportunities to bring mountain heritage alive to young people who visit the centre.
Rehan Siddiqui, president of the BMC, says: “It’s great news that Mountain Heritage Trust will be joining the Field Studies Council in such an iconic location. The Blencathra Centre will provide crucial opportunities to connect with young people and impress upon them the importance of preserving our mountain environment and rich heritage in mountaineering. This partnership promises a bright future.”