The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Exhibitions

The Club is pleased to be able to use its premises and resources, along with its renowned archive of mountaineering reports, books, art and artefacts to host and curate exhibitions that celebrate mountain history and culture. As well as spotlighting the work of contemporary artists and academics, the Club has also worked to mark key mountaineering anniversaries; bringing together records of the past to keep our history alive and engaging for climbers and the wider community alike.

Individual exhibitions may vary, but most take place at our Charlotte Road Club House.

A full list of past and upcoming exhibitions is shown below.

Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings and Charcoal Drawings by Barbara Swindin

Aiguille Verte and Les Droites

Exhibition dates: 10th September - 10th December 2019

Having attempted to climb all the Alpine Fourthousanders and not quite achieved that goal, Barbara wrote her book, All But One, and simultaneously started to paint all these mountains and some of the neighbouring peaks. She has relied upon her memories, aided by photographs taken by her late husband, Les Swindin, during their climbing years, as well as the many sketches she has made on her visits to the Alps since those days. Intense emotions underlie this work.

Matterhorn with Dent d'Hérens

Cloud over the Aiguille Verte

Eiger and Mönch