Histories of mountaineering have largely neglected the foundational role women played in establishing upland walking as a recreational activity. Instead, these works have tended to focus on masculine encounters with mountains that emphasise the uplands as something to be conquered. Joanna Taylor, Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, will examine Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals, letters and poetry to reveal her pioneering role in the growth of women’s mountaineering. In particular, it will uncover her development of a new way of looking at upland landscapes that witnessed moments of intense beauty on even the barest mountain top.
A drinks reception to celebrate the opening of the related exhibition will be held in the Wordsworth Museum after this talk – all attendees are welcome to come along.
Jerwood Centre, £5