The Wainwright event, held at 'The Villa Levens' Kendal in November 2019, was organised by Chris and his wife Priscilla as their way of thanking the many people who, over the previous three years, had helped Chris to amass an unprecedented collection of Wainwright memorabilia and artefacts.
This was the first time these notable people in the Wainwright world were in the same room together. Some had never met and some had not connected for more than thirty years. It was Chris's idea to bring them together so that they could share their memories and discuss their love of Wainwright and his work.
Chris gave an initial address at the event, describing his passion for Wainwright and how his archive had developed. Other speakers followed with their own reflections.
Following the success of the event, Chris is looking to plan a similar larger event in the near future.
The event was covered in a number of publications, including Lakeland Walker, The Westmorland Gazette and Cumbria Life
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Photo by Steve Barber who photographed Wainwright for the original Wainwright Coast to Coast TV series.
(from the left)
Andrew Nichol, Wainwright associate while Manager of General Printing & Book Publishing at The Westmorland Gazette, Kendal
David Rigg, former Titus Wilson managing director;
Paul Duff, son of Percy, former colleague of Wainwright at Kendal Borough Council treasurer's department;
Bob Swallow, Wainwrights friend and a member of the Blunderers walking group, of which Betty Wainwright was honorary president;
Richard Else, TV producer who made the award-winning BBC Wainwright films;
Clive Hutchby, the journalist who revised the third edition of Wainwright's Pictorial Guide;
Eric Robson, Wainwright TV series presenter and Wainwright Society chairman;
Andy Beck, artist and photographer whose work includes the award winning The Wainwrights in Colour;
Graham Wilkinson, writer whose work includes Wainwright related magazine articles
Helen Richards, wife of Mark and Wainwright family friend;
Kay Duff, wife of Paul;
Mark Richards, artist, writer and Wainwright protege;
John Manning, Lakeland Walker editor;
Chris Jesty, the cartographer who revised the second edition of the Pictorial Guide;
Esther Beck, wife of Andy
David Powell-Thompson, Lakeland mountain guide and film safety consultant;
Terry Abraham, filmmaker whose work includes the Life of a Mountain film trilogy;
Sandra and Mark Duff, brother of Paul;
Priscilla Butterfield, co-event organiser and wife of Chris
Chris Butterfield, co-event organiser, Wainwright archivist and founder of the Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia group