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Mountain Heritage Trust opens at FSC Blencathra

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Field Studies Council (FSC) welcomes the Mountain Heritage Trust to its new base at FSC Blencathra in Cumbria.

The Field Studies Council welcomes the Mountain Heritage Trust to its new base at the Blencathra Centre. This will be a fitting base for the Mountain Heritage Trust to work alongside the Field Studies Council, and will provide a secure home for its historic collections. This will offer an excellent opportunity to engage with the young people who visit the centre and enrich their understanding of mountains through the interpretation of and delving into this fabulous archive. Many consider the Lake District to be the birthplace of British climbing, and this collaboration will facilitate the development of a hub for mountain learning and enjoyment.

The Mountain Heritage Trust (the heritage arm of the British Mountaineering Council), was founded in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. Second to none in terms of breadth, Britain has a proud legacy in the Alps, the Himalaya and the other great mountain ranges, as well as closer to home on British rock. The Mountain Heritage Trust preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibitions and sets up gallery exhibitions. Among its early successes was the establishment of the National Mountaineering Exhibition at the Rheged Centre near Penrith. More recently, the Trust has formed partnerships with the National Trust, and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. The last year has seen the Trust working on a Heritage Lottery Fund project on mountaineer Joe Tasker.

The Blencathra Centre will be the main location for collections of mountaineering history items in the UK. The Trust has moved from small premises in Penrith to a storage facility at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre that will allow access to collections of people such as Sir Chris Bonington and a whole range of others. Further collections are also waiting in the wings to be donated.

Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust Trustees – Jeff Ford says, “It is a relief to be able to put such a valuable set of items into wonderful new premises at Blencathra. This will mean that many more people will be able to access the documents, photos, films and objects. We hope to see many people visiting the collection in the future.”

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The Mountain Heritage Trust Trustees

Head of Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Tim Foster says “The most natural place in Britain to locate the MHT collections are with us on the slopes of the much loved Blencathra. Many of the students taking part in activities here will be able to look at the items, which they were not able to do when it was in Penrith. We are delighted to have them with us”.

The official opening of the new premises took place at Blencathra Field Studies Centre on Friday, 24th March 2017 with speeches from Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE, Professor Tim Burt President Field Studies Council, Tim Foster Head of Blencathra Centre, Nick Colton Deputy CEO British Mountaineering Council, and Jeff Ford - Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust. Cumbrian poet Phil Houghton read a specially commissioned poem for the opening.

Pictures from the opening:

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The official opening of the new premises at Blencathra Field Centre

 Doug Scott , Tim Foster ,Jeff Ford

Left to right: Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE,  Head of Blencathra Centre 
Tim Foster and Mountain Heritage Trust Chair, Jeff Ford.

Phil Houghton Poem






Phil Houghton's Poem reading


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