The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Exhibitions

The Club is pleased to be able to use its premises and resources, along with its renowned archive of mountaineering reports, books, art and artefacts to host and curate exhibitions that celebrate mountain history and culture. As well as spotlighting the work of contemporary artists and academics, the Club has also worked to mark key mountaineering anniversaries; bringing together records of the past to keep our history alive and engaging for climbers and the wider community alike.

Individual exhibitions may vary, but most take place at our Charlotte Road Club House.

A full list of past and upcoming exhibitions is shown below.

Exhibition of Historic Mountain Photographs Opens at the Alpine Club

We are pleased to announce that a selection of rarely-exhibited mountain photographs has gone on display at our premises in Charlotte Road, London.

The photographs, which date from the 1860s to the 1920s, depict a number of iconic peaks, located mainly in the European Alps, but stretching as far afield as Japan, the Karakoram Range and the Canadian Rockies. Among the selection are compositions by Edward Whymper, WF Donkin, Fanny Bullock Workman and Vittorio Sella.

 

A black and white portrait photograph showing the Dent du Géant, a pointed rock peak in the French Alps.
                                                                       The Dent du Géant by WF Donkin (1882)

 

The exhibition is made up entirely of original photographs, many of which were enlarged by the photographers and all of which were taken while on expedition. Many of the works remain in their original frames, having been presented to the Alpine Club by the photographers shortly after they were taken.

Exhibition curator Bernie Ingrams said: “The works on display are among the finest photographs in the Alpine Club Collection. Thanks to the large format of these images, visitors will be treated to a level of detail and sense of scale that only the best mountain photography can offer.”

The exhibition is set to run until 31st July, with booking available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12pm – 5pm by contacting the Alpine Club office on 0207 613 0755 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..