Frenchay's Victorian mighty mountaineers

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

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A DISPLAY in Frenchay Village Museum is by the Alpine Club - the world's oldest mountaineering society founded 160 years ago.  

“The Golden Age of Alpinism and British Victorian Climbers” features men such as Edward Whymper, John Ball, Sir Leslie Stephen, and John Ruskin. Women are  represented as well, including Lizzie Tuckett of Frenchay.  

The display features historic paintings, engravings, and photographs from the period.  In addition the museum has a complementary display about Frank Tuckett, vice-president of the Alpine Club 1866-68, and a mountaineer honoured by King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. 

He made Frank a Knight of the Order of Saint Lazarus, in acknowledgement of the services rendered to Italy by geographical and scientific researches in the Italian Alps. In his book “Scrambles Amongst the Alps” Edward Whymper, the man who conquered the Matterhorn, writing about Frank Tuckett, said that he was “that mighty mountaineer who name is known the length and breadth of the Alps”.

The display runs until the end of March. 

Frenchay Village Museum is at the junction of Begbrook Park and Frenchay Park Road. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 2 - 5pm, and Wednesday from 1 - 4pm. Entry is free.  Further details from 0117 957 0942.

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