Climbing history on display in Keswick

Posted by Tina Gardner on 27/05/2014

Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) has launched its first exhibition in its new residency at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition offers an intriguing look at the effect of the First World War on the climbing community.  It's the first time the story of one of climbing's leading protagonists Siegfried Herford, has been on put on display.

One hundred years ago, Herford was one of the first ascentionists of Scafell's Central Buttress, climbing it in two parts, but was tragically killed in service in 1916 before he could return to climb it in one. Read more about the centenary anniversary of Central Buttress, Scafell.

The display also includes the large glass plate camera used by famous Lake District pioneers of climbing photography, the Abraham Brothers.

MHT archivist Maxine Willett said: "You can marvel at what was actually being done at that time and also without the modern equipment that's used today."

Keswick Museum reopened its doors to the public this weekend (24 May) for the first time in two years after a £2 million revamp. In order for the museum to become self sufficient, there is an entry charge for adults of £3.75. Kids under 5 go free.

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