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Life of a Mountain: BLENCATHRA – Keswick Museum’s exhibition (May 2017)

Jenn Mattinson is collecting community stories about Blencathra and Threlkeld and Mungrisdale life on behalf of Keswick Museum. She has provided a quick update:

Jenn has been busy talking to local people and volunteers, starting to research various themes connected to the villages of Threlkeld and Mungrisdale and the mountain itself – including farming, fell running, hunting, mining and looking into local trades and mobile shops that used to line the streets.  We’re really excited to have the expertise and experiences of several locals, including Donald Angus, Willie Tyson, Kenny Stuart and Barry Todhunter.  Our volunteers are now starting to collect all sorts of information relating to the sanatorium, Gategill Mine, literary greats and their reflections on Blencathra to the question of who owns the land with regards to rights and access.

We’re still looking for local information, and people’s personal connections to the mountain itself and local memories, including information on past trades so if anyone would like to contribute drop me an email on or give me a ring 07985 215 998. Even if you just want to say a few lines about how Blencathra has influenced your life or what the mountain means to you.  I’m also hoping to make it along to Donald’s talk on Threlkeld Past and Present on 20 February at Threlkeld Village Hall so may meet some of you there. 

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