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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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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.

The AC will be supporting the Mountain Arts Festival 'A Day in the Hills' 2016 again this year.

Date: 21 - 23 October
Venue: Rheged Centre

See: www.rheged.com for full information

The event - 'A Day in The Hills' - will bring together the works of an excitingly diverse collection of climbers, writers, artists etc. Over the course of the festival there will be walks, talks and lectures.

Mountain Arts Festival Art Exhibition

Date: 19 - 27 Oct
Venue: Rheged Centre
See www.rheged.com for full information.

During the festival, there will be an art exhibition based around the title 'A Day in The Hills' which will be free of charge for admission.