Life of a Mountain: BLENCATHRA The Exhibition

Working with Terry Abraham, Community Exhibition and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jenn Mattinson and the people of Threlkeld and Mungrisdale, Keswick Museum proudly presents a rich and visually stunning exhibition exploring the landscape, communities and heritage of Yan Magnificent Mountain; ‘the People’s Mountain’: BLENCATHRA.

The exhibition runs 10 – 4 daily from 20.05.17 – 04.01.18 and is included in the annual £4.25 ticket, thanks to the generous Heritage Lottery Fund grant which has supported the project.

Over 100 people attended the preview last Friday evening. Mrs Hensman, Cumbria’s Lord Lieutenant attended and the crowd was treated to Lee Maddison singing his song The Mountain’ from Terry Abraham’s film Life of a Mountain: BLENCATHRA. Alan Hinkes officially opened the exhibition. Also attending were David Powell-Thompson, Clive Hutchby and Max and his owner Kerry Irving.

“The exhibition is a testament to strong partnership working and the commitment of volunteers,” said Sue Mackay, Curator at Keswick Museum. “Terry has been very generous with his fabulous material and the people of Threlkeld and Mungrisdale have really entered into the spirit of the exhibition, turning out their attics, sheds and memories to make an amazing contribution!”

Jenn Mattinson said: “We have un-earthed some fantastic stories and images which I know will resonate with people all over Cumbria and those interested in the Lake District, picking up on so many county-wide themes: mining, farming, hunting, fell running; village life… There is so much to see and hear – we have sound clips and film too. It’s been an absolute joy to work with so many members of the local community who have given up so much of their time to tell me all their stories and show me their treasured objects.”

Terry Abraham (returning from Nepal where he has been filming British mountaineer Alan Hinkes who opened the exhibition on Friday 19th May) was “overwhelmed” by the wealth of material and the impressive look and feel of the exhibition….

Highlights for visitors include:

  • Unseen footage showing how Terry shot and edited his film; beautiful time-lapse night-time sequences; Blencathra through the seasons
  • A chance to vote for your favourite route up Blencathra and to contribute your story explaining what Blencathra means to you
  • A focus on Herdwick sheep and Threlkeld farmer Willie Tyson with the chance to pose for a selfie with Calvert Trust Herdys
  • An exploration underground with minerals, rocks and a mine entrance to explore and decorate
  • A feature on Barry Todhunter, Huntsman for the Blencathra Foxhounds, the history of the pack and the spectacular John Crosier Cup
  • The story of Threlkeld’s sportsmen and women: Tom Nicholson, Threlkeld’s champion Cumberland & Westmorland wrestler; Kenny & Pauline Stuart, record holding fell runners
  • Long lost images of community life in Threlkeld and Mungrisdale and recorded stories told by local people

Paul Titley, Chair of Keswick Museum said:

“This exhibition is a celebration of an iconic mountain and a fiercely protected way of life. It has been made by and for local people as well as for visitors to the area. Please take time to visit… you won’t regret it and may even learn something and enjoy yourself - it’ll take several visits to take it all in!”

guardian of threlkeld copyright terry abraham.jpg Guardian of Threlkeld (c) Terry Abraham
thelkeld woodend mine.jpg Threlkeld Woodend Mine