Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDSO 41
TitleOutward Bound Mountain School, Eskdale
DescriptionAdministrative records including minutes and files; course reports and confidential personal reports; personal memorabilia. The archive has been formed from a variety of deposits from different sources. These include the school and Mr J Lagoe of Grasmere, former course students, Cambridge University Library, who transferred the Arnold-Brown papers (YDSo 41/14). The collection can be divided into three main categories. Firstly the administrative records of the Mountain School, including the minutes of the directors and governors. There are many correspondence files dealing with the acquisition, development and maintenance of properties such as the Gatehouse and Gatesyde. There are also papers dealing with the need to adapt to changing circumstances in the 1990s.
The second large group of records are the course reports, both the Wardens' course reports to the Directors, and the instructors' reports on individual course participants.
Thirdly is a collection of personal papers recording the experiences of individuals at the school. Mainly gathered together by John Lagoe, these comprise log books (mainly copies), letters, reports, scrap books and photographs, and a number of cinefilms, which have been evaluated and transferred to video by the Northern Film & TV archive.
Access conditionsThe individual course reports are confidential and will remain closed for 100 years from the date of the course. Permission to access the reports may be obtained from Christine Harrison, Outward Bound Trust, Hackthorpe Hall, Hackthorpe, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2HX, tel: 01931 740000 or visit contacts page at [information correct as at May 2013].
ContextThe Outward Bound Mountain School, situated at the Gatehouse, Eskdale Green, opened in 1950. The School is part of the Outward Bound Trust, whose patron is the Duke of Edinburgh. The mission of the school can be summed up by the words of Kurt Hahn: "It is wrong to coerce young people into opinions but it is a duty to impel them into experiences."
Arrangement1 Board of Governors' Minute Books
2 Board of Directors' Minutes
3 Other Minutes
4 Articles of Association and Membership
5 Board of Governors and Directors
6 Bursar's Files
7 Files re Building, Maintenance and Related Issues
8 General Files
9 Miscellaneous
10 Personal Course Reports (confidential)
11 Wardens Course Reports
12 Slides and Photographs
13 Students Log Books and Memorabilia
14 Papers of Adam Arnold-Brown
15 Cinefilms transferred to video
Catalogue levelFonds
Subject termsMountaineering
Adventure schools

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