20 June – 28 September 2024


The exhibition will draw on material held in the Magdalene College Archive to reflect on the life and career of George Mallory.


Starting by focusing on his time at Magdalene and covering his academic interests, his sporting achievements and his social and cultural pursuits. It will move on to highlight his experiences during WWI, drawing on the letters he exchanged with his wife Ruth during his service in France. This provides invaluable information into his character and also the social history of life at home and the part played by women.

The remainder of the exhibition looks at his time on the three expeditions to Everest and his lecture tour in the USA as told through his own letters, before commemorating the deaths of Mallory and Irvine on the mountain.


The exhibition will coincide with the conclusion of a major project to digitise all of Mallory’s correspondence allowing these letters to be made available for viewing online.


In association with The Foster Museum, Palo Alto, California, the archival material will be complemented by a series of watercolours of the north and eastern faces of Mt. Everest, and its northern approaches, by the en plein air artist Tony Foster.




This exhibition has been supported in part by The Foster, a museum in Palo Alto California, whose mission is to unite and celebrate artist explorer Tony Foster’s watercolor wilderness Journeys and inspire connection to art and the natural world. In addition to serving as a presentation place for Tony’s artwork, the museum organizes and collects Tony’s archives and helps facilitate exhibitions of his Journeys around the globe.