The Mountain Heritage Trust 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. Pioneers in techniques from the earliest days, Britain’s climbers and mountaineers have also led the way in preservation and conservation of traditions, culture and mountain heritage. The trustees all firmly believe that mountain heritage matters for now and for the future.
The Mountain Heritage Trust preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibits and sets up gallery exhibitions. Among its early successes was the establishment of the National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith. From they went on to create the Everest ‘Top of the World Exhibition’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, as well as exhibitions on Kangchenjunga, Tom Price, Joe Tasker and the history of female climbing. Following their recent high profile exhibition on renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, Mountain Heritage Trust is continuing develop its collections and would welcome any financial donations in support of this work.