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Exhibition, Sat 19 May 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019, free entry

Man and Mountain

Man and Mountain


Our exhibition closely follows Chris’ journey that rose from the unassuming beginnings on the sandstone of Harrison’s Rock to the highest summits on earth. Despite primitive equipment and being very much an outsider to the climbing scene in his early years, Chris’ innate passion for the mountains drew him ever higher and further, to the mountains of Snowdonia, the Alpine faces of the Eiger and Dru and ultimately to Annapurna and Everest. It is a journey of mountaineering achievement that is equally matched by the rise of climbing and its growth in to what is now a global sport and community. Chris’ constant drive and determination has seen him remain at the forefront of this development and he has helped shape its growth through his indefatigable writing, speaking and advocacy, a legacy that saw him awarded the prestigious Piolet d’Or lifetime achievement award in 2015.

Yet against such global recognition it is Chris’ passion for and commitment to Cumbria and the Lake District that is perhaps most striking. Throughout a career of triumph and tragedy on the world’s most inhospitable peaks Chris has returned time and again to his home in the Lake District. In doing so his achievements have resonated locally at a level that is not often found in mountaineering. Chris’ natural flair for communication has seen him become a symbol of British mountaineering and patron of notable organisations such as the Campaign for National Parks and the Outward Bound Trust, whilst his honesty and humility has repeatedly drawn the ordinary climbing community towards him.

It is these threads that the exhibition seeks to capture; through oral history recordings of local Cumbrian organisations, people and tourists, and a program of learning resources for local schools, Mountain Heritage Trust is looking to celebrate not just Chris’ life and mountaineering career, but how the landscape and mountaineering community has changed and equally left its mark on him.

This Cumbria wide project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be based from Keswick Museum where members of the public will be able to see previously unseen material from Chris Bonington’s collection, learn about the life of this iconic mountaineer and his inseparable links with the incredible Cumbrian fells. Alongside this will be unique perspectives from the public and organisations on their own experiences of the Lake District.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 19 May 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019
Open daily 10:00–16:00


Free entry

Adult - valid for 12 months
(16 years +) £4.50

Student - valid for 12 months
(with a student card) £3.00

Child - valid for 12 months
(5–15 years) £3.00

(under 5 years) Free

Family day pass
( 2 adults & up to 3 children) £12.00

Friends of KMAG Free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

All areas are fully accessible.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 19 May - Sun 6 Jan Man and Mountain: Chris Bonington


Fitz Park,
Station Road,
CA12 4NF


Plan route to Keswick Museum and Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 269236  Lat: 54.60225 Long: -3.13307

Travelling from Penrith on A66, follow signs for town centre. Turn right after war memorial on to Station Road.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

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