It’s hard to believe it, but back in the 1880s no-one knew how many 3000-foot mountains there were in Scotland. On its founding in 1889 the Scottish Mountaineering Club decided (among other things) to remedy this, and the task was taken up by founding member Sir Hugh Munro. His Tables were first published in 1891.
In 2019, the centenary of Sir Hugh’s death, the Munro Society mounted a fine travelling exhibition, The Munro Legacy, and the Trust is delighted to have contributed £1000 to the venture.
The exhibition has great mountain scenery; it is also a human story, ranging from the SMC pioneers, to the interwar working-class movement, to the explosion of completers after the Second World War – and of course Munro himself. The Munro Society also notes that at a time of new pressures on mountains from infrastructure, this is a time to “show how such infrastructure development should be in harmony with the mountainous regions”.
The Munro Legacy opened in Perth’s A K Bell Library in the spring of 2019 where it ran for 11 weeks. It then took to the road, and is hoped to run for several years. Showings in 2019 were:
- Loch Torridon Community Centre
- Three Villages Centre, Arrochar
- Birnam Arts. John Muir Trust AGM weekend
- Glen Doll Visitor Centre
- The Aros Centre, Portree
- Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
- Dundee Central Library
- Dundee Mountain Film Festival, Bonar Hall
In 2020 the Munro Legacy Exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Parliament, Eden Court (Inverness) and The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
In 2017 the Trust supported the Munro Society with its publication ‘Scaling the Heights’, a book detailing the project to resurvey the heights of some of Scotland’s borderline 3000-ft mountains.
For more information about the legacy exhibition visit The Munro Society website. www.themunrosociety.com