International Year of the Mountains 2002


Dialogue Across Mountains & A British-Swiss Affair

Exhibition and Events Details

Rheged – Launch


The launch will be attended by a major media presence with total numbers being in the region of 150 people. Chris Bonnington and other celebrity guests have confirmed their interest in attending and supporting the event. Hopefully the launch will be performed by the Swiss Ambassador. The occasion will be decorated by IYM, Swiss and British Flags.

  Date:               17th April 2002


Rheged - Lectures


  Following the launch on the same evening, there will be a public lecture and film show on the themes of IYM.  At the moment we are waiting confirmation of the availability of Chris Bonington and Leo Houlding.  The Rheged lectures will take place throughout the year and will involve films and lectures featuring both local  celebrities like the Birketts and international speakers such as Kurt Diemburger and Reinholt Messner.


Rheged - Exhibition


Title: Ruskin in Switzerland


Dates:             17th April – 30th June                Ruskin in Switzerland part 1

                        1st July – November                           Ruskin in Switzerland part 2



Additionally there will be exhibitions from the Mountain Heritage Trust, see appendix A.


Brewery Arts Centre


Title: Tourism through the ages: Travel from Stagecoach to Aeroplane.


Exhibition:  The Foyer Gallery and the Restaurant Gallery will be dedicated to “Dialogue across Mountains”. Selection of posters, graphic images and travelogue material sourced from our contacts. Victorian to present day. The exhibition will elaborate upon the tourist link between Switzerland and Britain as well as methods of travel consistent with Mountaineering in both Countries.


Dates:             17th April 2002 until December 1st 2002.





Title: Mountain Recreation, Ecology and Conservation


Large scale family event.

Wide range of interactive activities for adults and children.


Planned displays and events will include:

-         Climbing Wall

-         Displays from local mountain rescue teams (possible RAF involvement)

-         SARDA (Mountain rescue dog team)

-         A look at recreational activities including fell running, mountain biking – small circuit in grounds for biking and running.

-         Conservation awareness displays and activities from Nat. Trust, Tourism and Conservation Partnership, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Lake District National Park Authority (upland footpaths team)

-         Talks, exhibitions and static displays 


Dates:             2nd (Sunday) and 3rd (Monday) of June


Conservation Exhibition            April - November

Ruskin Museum


Title: Ruskin in Switzerland


Exhibition: Split into 2 different parts:



Dates:             16th March – 30th June -             Ruskin in Switzerland Part 2


1st July – 3rd November -                         Ruskin in Switzerland Part 1


                  Additional:    Fell & Rock exhibits

                                          Local Minerals


Keswick Museum and Art Gallery


Title: Ruskin in Switzerland, the Abrahams and Local exhibits



Exhibition: Abraham exhibits and a local community aspect. Includes Abraham’s original photographs taken of, and from, the summit of the Mattehorn and other Swiss Mountains.


Dates:             1st July – 31st July


This exhibition will be located at another venue to be decided at other times throughout the year.



Wasdale Head Inn


This old 16th Century inn has always been a centre for British Mountaineering. Many Swiss guides were invited here by their clients.

An exhibition and other events are being organised by the proprietor under the banner of “Dialogue Across Mountains”.


  Armitt Library, Ambleside


Title: Man & Mountains


The aim of the exhibition is to cover man’s use of the mountains for work and leisure. We will highlight the effect on the mountains of this use and the conservation issues raised.


Topics covered will include:            The Langdale Axe Factory



Fell running




We plan to have cut out figures in front of a painted backdrop, with exhibits, as many “hands-on” as possible, in front, with activities or special points for children at each display.


Kendal Mountain Film Festival 


Main Festival Date 10-17 November

Tour dates: Theatre by the Lake 1-2 March, Great Outdoor Show Birmingham 8-10 March, RGS London 27 April,  Lugano 23-26 May, Cervinia 25-28 July


The Year will end on a high note at the world’s largest Mountain Festival held in November in Kendal and at Rheged.   This will provide an opportunity to put on dedicated Cumbrian based programmes and also to draw out specific links with both Switzerland and IYM.  Among the Swiss celebrities targeted in Dominic Perret for a special Ski Festival day.  The programme will hopefully end  with a lecture by Reinhiolt Messner on the future of sustainable tourism in mountain communities which will be braodcast on wide band.


The tour will also provide opportunities to pre-market the Cumbrian Mountain Festivals and also to promote Cumbria oversees.

Mountain Rescue 

The Mountain Rescue teams are keen to join the project and intend to launch various events under our banner, “Dialogue Across Mountains”. These events are always particularly well attended by the general public and the Swiss flag will be prominently displayed. We anticipate having films and videos from REGA on display.     


Appendix A










1.      Display the paintings of John George Inca in partnership with the Banff  Centre for Mountain Culture

2.   Display the tent paintings of Andy Parkin, probably as part of the previous

      exhibition and in partnership with the CMC.




The following are planned:


Bill and Dave Birkett – the Birkett Lakeland Legacy

An Audience with Chris Bonnington and Leo Houlding

Reinhold Messner – European Mountain Environments

Kurt Diemberger – Camera on the 8000 Metre Peaks

Lynn Hill – The Perfection of Climbing


The latter three will be in partnership with the Kendal Mountain Film Festival.  In November, again with RMFF, the world’s first open IMAX Film Adventure Sport Competition will be held at Rheged.