Mountaineering library opens in Grasmere

Posted by Claire Jane Carter on 02/05/2014
William Wordsworth: the loveliest spot that man hath ever found. Photo: National Trust Images / Steven Barber.
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An inspiring mountaineering library is now open within the Grasmere National Trust property Allan Bank.

The collection stretches from the eighteenth century to the present day and contains a comprehensive collection of over 700 books and ephemera. It was generously donated by BMC Patron Lord Roger Chorley, a former chairman of the National Trust to the Mountain Heritage Trust in 2013. The MHT is dedicated to identifying and preserving material that documents Britain's proud climbing and mountaineering heritage.
 
Three generations of the Chorley Hopkinson families have contributed the library. It includes magazines, novels, biographies, guidebooks and literature covering rock, ice and fell exploration across the globe and charting the international development of climbing and mountaineering, so the Mountain Heritage Trust is delighted to have the opportunity of housing this wonderful literary collection at Allan Bank.
 
The library itself is framed between two stunning views of Grasmere in a room which was once Coleridge’s bedroom. The collection will appeal to general visitors, climbers or mountainers and academics alike.
 
The library is accessible seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
 


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