It was a lifelong love of the outdoors and the walks of Alfred Wainwright that led Chris Butterfield, a Yorkshire-born engineer, to become the famous author's most dedicated archivist. Assisted by his wife Priscilla, he has amassed what is probably the most extensive collection of Wainwright material held in private ownership.
Chris has had numerous Wainwright-related magazine and newspaper articles published in the local and national press, and done various radio and TV interviews, sharing his reflections on Alfred Wainwright and his legacy. He has just published his first book - Wainwright Memories - a pictorial account of three little-known stories involving the celebrated guidebook author.
Chris Butterfield, the 'Wainwright Aficionado', is not only Alfred Wainwright's most dedicated archivist, but also a great modern-day ambassador of AW's legacy, with the enthusiasm and passion for helping keep the interest in Wainwright alive for the next generation.
Chris has created an extensive archive of Wainwright books and memorabilia, including all editions and print variations of every Alfred Wainwright book, printing negatives and more.
Chris founded this community group for those interested in Wainwright and his work; it is supplemented by a blog and a website covering the publishing & printing history of Wainwright's books.
Chris organised this gathering of Wainwright luminaries as a thank you for their support and an opportunity to reminisce about how the great guidebook author had touched each of their lives.
Chris writes magazine & newspaper articles about Wainwright and is regularly published in the local & national press and in online blogs.
Chris has done film, TV, radio interviews & podcasts to discuss his archive, his love of fellwalking and Wainwright and his work.
See what people are saying about Chris as Alfred Wainwright's most dedicated archivist and legacy champion.