Women with Altitude: 100 years of female alpinism

Posted by Emma Travers on 23/11/2021

Women with Altitude:100 years of female alpinism in the Pinnacle Club and Alpine Club is an interactive exhibition taking place from now until 8th January in the Alpine Club's London Headquarters and is free to attend.

2021 marks 100 years since the foundation of The Pinnacle Club, one of the UK’s only all-women climbing clubs. As part of their centenary celebrations, the Pinnacle Club have partnered with the Alpine Club to host ‘Women with Altitude’, an interactive exhibition that profiles ground-breaking female alpinists from the last 100 years of both clubs.
 

READ: The Pinnacle Club marks centenary with fascinating digital history

 
As in so many areas of history, the lives and accomplishments of female climbers have often been overlooked, forgotten or diminished. This exhibition seeks to rebalance that narrative by making the biographical details of these women’s lives accessible, foregrounding their stories with the use of their own words and possessions.
 
Alongside biographical displays for the 12 featured climbers, visitors will also be able to listen to audio recordings of the climbers via QR codes (a smartphone will be necessary for this element of the exhibition) and view a number of films featuring the profiled climbers.

WATCH: 100 Years of the Pinnacle Club on BMC TV

 
A combination of traditional exhibition materials, such as artefacts and displays, alongside these interactive elements will bring these women to life for a modern audience and allow us to more fully engage with their stories. The exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to discover some of the untold parts of climbing’s rich history and to find new pioneers from the sport’s past.
 
The exhibition is located at the Alpine Club’s premises of 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QF and will run from 8 November to 8 January with closures on the 9 November, 14 December and for the Christmas period of 20 December to 5 January.
 
It is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday, with extended opening to 9pm on Thursdays.
Entry is free and on a drop-in basis, but larger groups of eight or more visitors are asked to make a booking in advance by contacting admin@alpine-club.org.uk.
 
 
Photo: Dorothy Pilley
 
As part of the exhibition, the Pinnacle Club and Alpine Club have commissioned the production of teaching materials to be used by visiting school groups. The materials are linked to the national curriculum and are designed to accommodate children from KS2 to KS4.
 
If you would like to book a visit for a school or youth group, please contact admin@alpine-club.org.uk for further details.
 
 
Photo: Micheline Morin, Nea Morin and Alice Damesme at Aigle Hut after Meije Traverse

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