Jerwood Centre
3.00 - 4.00pm

Dorothy Wordsworth described her friend Miss Barker, with whom she ascended Scafell Pike in 1818, as ‘an active Climber of the hills’. Miss Barker was one of many women who participated in the invention of mountaineering during the Romantic-period. In this talk, Simon Bainbridge of Lancaster University will explore this little-known aspect of the early history of climbing, introducing a number of pioneering women climbers and describing their adventurous ascents, in a number of which they were seen to outperform their male counterparts.

Cost: £5

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