This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers
Join us for the premier of the short film and a wonderful account of the project This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth and Women’s Mountaineering which documents a reimagining of Dorothy Wordworth’s pioneering ascent of Scafell on 7th October 1818.
A pioneering event in the history of women’s mountaineering, Dorothy Wordsworth and her friend Mary Barker climbed Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, on 7th October 1818. Dorothy’s 220 year-old account of the feat is one of the earliest surviving accounts of scaling the peak.
At this event, we will premiere a short film created as part of the project This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth and Women’s Mountaineering by the award-winning filmmakers Jago Miller, Richard Berry and Ben Barden, in collaboration with Cumbria-based artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth, the Wordsworth Trust and academics from Lancaster University. The film interweaves a performance piece by Jakob-Whitworth that reimagines Dorothy’s ascent of Scafell with details from Dorothy’s account of the excursion and research on Scafell Pike’s cultural history.
Alongside the film premiere, this event will feature talks by Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester) on the history of Dorothy’s climb, and Alex Jakob-Whitworth and Louise-Ann Wilson on their creative responses to Dorothy Wordsworth’s legacies for walking practices.
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