by UKC News The National Mountaineering Exhibition, which was opened at Cumbria´s Rheged Centre in 2001 and has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people, has come to the end of its natural life and funding has not been forthcoming to refresh it. The National Mountaineering Exhibition that featured an historic collection of Mountaineering artefacts – closed on the 24th December 2007. The BMC reports that, “The current owners of the exhibition, Westmorland Services Ltd, have tried to find ways of seeking funding so that the exhibition can be made free to visitors. However, it has not proved possible to do this.The exhibition was opened in 2001 by the Prime Minister of the day, Tony Blair, to a fanfare of positive enthusiasm. At the start, visitor numbers were high. However, there has been a steady downward trend in visitor numbers in recent years.” More information at www.rheged.com and thebmc.co.uk/News
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