Life of a mountain: Blencathra - exhibition receives national funding

Filmmaker Terry Abraham's documentary Life of a Mountain: Blencathra will form the backbone of an exhibition at Keswick Museum in 2016.

Castlerigg stone circle and Blencathra on a crisp Spring dawn. Photo by Terry Abraham.

Castlerigg stone circle and Blencathra on a crisp Spring dawn. Photo by Terry Abraham.

The exhibition will also include Terry’s photography plus input from local community groups. It will work with partners Blencathra Field Studies Council (which has its own story as the TB sanitorium to reveal!) and teh Mountain Heritage Trust (which is due to move to its new home at the Blencathra Centre this year). And now, thanks to a £27,200 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the exhibition is set to be even bigger and better!

It means we can work with local volunteers and residents to collect people’s memories, stories, objects and photographs and their hopes for the future and combine them with Terry’s superb stills and film footage to make a really exciting and meaningful exhibition.
— Sue Mackay, Curator

The exhibition will celebrate the life of the iconic Lakeland mountain and the communities that live, work and play at its feet and on its slopes. The application to the HLF was supported by Threlkeld Parish Council and local residents, with many of them gathering in the Threlkeld Coffe Shop back in August 2016 to begin planning the exhibition.

(I) am delighted that the mountain and the village could be central to another imaginative project. Involvement in the way of ideas, objects and research skills of the local people will certainly be forthcoming.
— Jo Alberti, Chair of Threlkeld Village Hall Trust

2017 looks set to be another busy year for Terry Abraham. In addition to featuring at the heart of the exhibition, his award winning Life of a Mountain: Blencathra documentary is set to make its nationwide terrestrial premiere in February, while filming continues on his biopic of British mountaineer Alan Hinkes.

I’m absolutely thrilled that my documentary will be used in a different way and extended by this project. It’s great to be able to retain and build on the relationships I’ve made with people in the area. Hopefully the film premiere on the BBC will encourage more visitors to the exhibition and area. Exciting times indeed!
— Terry Abraham, award-winning outdoors filmmaker

Over the next few months Keswick Museum curator Sue Mackay and local creative facilitator Jenn Mattison will be busy talking to locals in Mungrisdale and Threlkeld, plus those further afield who may have tales to tell about Blencathra and its surroundings. If you would like to be involved or contribute please contact Sue at the museum on 01768 773263, email her at, or email Jenn at

The exhibition launches on 20th May 2017 and continues until January 2018. For more information on the museum and its exhibitions visit