Jan 10


Byline: The RNLI is to feature six inspirational lifeboat rescues within its national touring exhibition entitled Hope in the Great War, commemorating the centenary of WW1, previewing to the media from 1.30-4pm on Saturday 1 Feb.
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The free-to-attend charity exhibition, funded by Arts Council England, will honour the bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others during WW1 by raising awareness of six relatively unknown heroic lifeboat rescues.

Open to the public from 4 February to 28 February 2014 at the RNLI’s Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk, Hope in the Great War will start a 4-year tour of RNLI and other museums and of RNLI lifeboat stations. Hope in the Great War will highlight the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war years, conveying a sense of hope as many lives were saved at sea by the charity. The exhibition offers an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the work of RNLI volunteers during WW1 and will feature a play area for younger children.

The exhibition was made possible by an Arts Council England grant of £78,200 awarded to the RNLI in order to share more widely the role of the charity’s coastal community volunteers during WW1 to help mark the centenary.

The lifeboat services to feature within the exhibition include:

• Cromer RNLI lifeboat’s rescue of the Pyrin and Fernebo, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on 9 January 1917.
• The 1914 Whitby RNLI lifeboat rescue of the wrecked hospital ship HMHS Rohilla which saw 144 people saved from the sea.
• Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat’s rescue of the steamer SS Glenravel which saw 14 people saved from the sea on 8 August 1915.
• RNLI Port Eynon lifeboat’s service to the Dunvegan that took place 1 January 1916.
• The saving of 20 lives from the tanker Ponus on 3 November 1916 by Falmouth RNLI lifeboat crew and service men.
• The rescue of 23 survivors from the SS Alondra which was wrecked on the Kedge Rock off Baltimore on 29 December 1916 by Baltimore volunteers together with two Royal Naval trawlers.

The RNLI has been working with local community groups to create inspirational artworks that interpret their own local lifesaving story. These items, including a giant jigsaw, a podcast and an animation, will be included in the exhibition and allow the fullest story of the rescues to be told nationally, in an interactive and engaging manner.

Exhibition tour dates for 2014:

4-28 February: RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer
5-20 April: RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh
2-25 May: Lifeboat College, Poole
June: Carrrickfergus Museum, Northern Ireland
23 July - 31 August: Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
September - October: Pontypool Museum, Wales

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