Steve Forbert also had to endure the "new Dylan" when he made his first record, Alive On Arrival, eight years after the Wainwright
debut in 1978.
And Sue Mackay, curator of the museum which re-opened last year after a [pounds sterling]2m refurbishment, said it covers every key point of Wainwright's life including, of course, that famous pivotal moment he stood transfixed at Orrest Head in 1930.
The exhibition's title comes from Wainwright's own introduction to his book, A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, where he wrote: "This book is one man's way of expressing his devotion to Lakeland's friendly hills.
Wainwright's early years will also be captured in film and interactive exhibits as will his vast knowledge of the hills he acquired on his walks.
The event has sparked a 50pc increase in membership of the Wainwright Society as more than 150 new members have joined.
Wainwright did the field work for the guides at weekends and brief holidays, and always used public transport.
Broadcaster Eric Robson, chairman of both the Wainwright Society and Cumbria Tourist Board, said: "Alfred Wainwright communicated better than any guide book writer before or since the essence of the Lakeland landscape.
, from Blackburn, Lancashire, started work on the first page of his guide on November 9, 1 952.
In 1973 Mrs Wainwright accompanied her husband on a fact-finding mission to Guinea Bassau to meet guerrillas fighting Portuguese colonial rule.
Joyce Mrs Wainwright is survived by daughters Hilary and Tessa, son Martin and five grandchildren.