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County council succeeds in Wainwright archives bid

Posted 15 December 2011
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County council succeeds in Wainwright archives bid
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Most of those who like to go walking in the Lake District will be familiar with the writings of the late Alfred Wainwright, whose books on the fells attracted many followers and have led to the challenge of climbing all 214 of them.

And now Cumbria County Council has succeeded in a bid to gain Heritage Lottery Fund cash so it can buy the full collection of his writings from the Wainwright estate and put them on display in Kendal, where they may help inspire future generations of walkers.

The lottery fund supplied £184,400 and Friends of the National Library and Frances Lincoln, publisher of the Wainwright guides, have also contributed to the project, which is worth £207,000 overall.

Council member for archive services Gary Strong said: "Wainwright and his books are a fundamental part of Cumbria's culture and heritage and as such it is extremely important that records like these are retained and protected for future generations to enjoy."

Despite revelling in the Lake District's heritage, the county council has opposed proposals to extend the national park's boundaries in two places.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801241179-ADNFCR