The Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) officially opened its new premises at the stunning Blencathra Field Studies Centre on Friday 24 March 2017, saving many famous items – such as items of mountaineering kit used by OWPG’s very own president Sir Chris Bonington – from a dusty end. All thanks to a donation from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).
The MHT, whose patron is OWPG President Sir Chris Bonington, aims to document Britain’s vibrant 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 other items from famous mountaineers as well as those from Sir Chris Bonington.
The MHT already receives £30k per year from the BMC to help with its running costs; and the BMC were delighted to be able to contribute a further £25,000 (via a legacy donation) to help the MHT 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 exciting new opportunities to bring mountain heritage alive to young people who visit the centre.
Sir Chris Bonington, OWPG President and patron of the Mountain Heritage Trust, says: “I am delighted with the Mountain Heritage Trust’s move to the Blencathra Field Studies Centre. It is the perfect home for the Mountain Heritage Trust, in a wonderful mountain environment.”