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A. Wainwright Evening

11th May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Chris Butterfield

A lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield to build an extensive archive honouring the world-famous fell walker and safeguarding his legacy.

Assisted by his wife, Priscilla, Chris has amassed an extensive private collection of Wainwright material and created a popular Facebook group, Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia, and a website,

At Rheged, Chris discusses the life of Alfred Wainwright, his book publishing history and how it all began over 70 years ago. He reveals his discoveries, including never-before-seen photos of Wainwright taken by his good friend Ken Shepherd and a rare interview with Wainwright.

There will be stories behind the collaborations with former associates of Wainwright, including the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, who enabled Wainwright’s friend and publisher, Andrew Nichol 91, to fulfil his wish to pay his respects to Wainwright at Innominate Tarn on Haystacks.

Chris, the author of Wainwright Memories, has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work, and achievements of the late, great fell wanderer.

Q&A and book signing, plus attendance from special guests including his publisher and friend, Andrew Nichol

Book sale royalties will be donated to the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

Duration 2h


11th May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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01768 868000
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The Rheged Centre, Redhills
Penrith , Cumbria CA11 0DQ United Kingdom
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01768 860008
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