Alfred Wainwright Exhibition at Kewswick Museum

This summer the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery will celebrate the life of Lakeland’s most beloved walker, Alfred Wainwright.

Alfred Wainwright, famous fell walker and creator of the Pictoral Guides to the Lake District (image c/o

From the 23rd May to the 8th November The Keswick Museum will be exhibiting ‘A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells’, an exhibition which explores Wainwright’s passion for the Lake District, from his first experience of standing transfixed by the views from Orrest Head on his first holiday there at the ages of 23, to his creation of the famous Pictoral Guide.

The exhibition brings together original drawings, letters and manuscripts on loan from the Kendal Archive Centre, which acquired a large archive of the walker’s material as part of a Heritage Lottery-funded project. It will also explore his earlier years and will include films and interactive elements to explore Wainwright’s pioneering method of mapping and the influence of his legacy on Lakeland lovers today.

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True to the spirit and passion of Alfred Wainwright and those inspired by his passion to follow in his footsteps, the exhibitiojn has been partly funded by a crowdfunding initiative, with donors including The British Mountaineering Council and Thwaites Brewery (whose Wainwright Ale is one of the tastiest Lakeland beers about). Find out more and get involved with the project here:

For more information on the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, visit their page here.