The Mountain Heritage Trust was founded in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. The key role of MHT is to ensure that Britain’s unique and fascinating heritage, artefacts, history, traditions and records of the people connected with its mountainous areas are conserved, documented, made accessible and, most importantly, communicated to as wide an audience as possible.
MHT preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibits and sets up gallery exhibitions.
The Trust's key objectives are the advancement of:
1. Education through knowledge and understanding about the history, heritage, skills and safe conduct of British climbing, hill walking and mountaineering and the environments in which these activities take place. This offers an enrichment of a popular sport that contributes to national health.
2. The development of the British Mountain Heritage database of the location of club, museum and private archives of British mountaineering history.
3. The creation of a repository accessible to researchers, and the public display of mountaineering history and heritage.
4. The provision of professional advice for opportunities to preserve the historical and contemporary mountaineering record and archive, wherever its location.