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Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has opened its new national touring exhibition Hope in the Great War in Cromer.
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Commemorating the centenary of World War One (WW1) and funded by Arts Council England, the free-to-attend charity exhibition honours the bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others.

Open to the public at the Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk until 28 February, Hope in the Great War has begun a 4-year tour of RNLI and other museums and RNLI lifeboat stations, highlighting the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war years. The exhibition offers an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the work of RNLI volunteers during WW1 that brought hope to those in need of rescue at sea.

Drawing on the RNLI’s close partnership with local communities, the exhibition comprises a collection of original artworks which illustrate each of the six stories featured. Visitors can solve a stained glass interactive puzzle designed and created by junior members of the 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, construct a giant jigsaw created from a stunning collection of original artworks by the Whitby Art Society and watch a creative animation made by the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets. There’s also a podcast by the Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat crew, audible from the handset of a period telephone, an on-screen dramatic narration by the Baltimore Drama Group and an intricate story quilt created by the Falmouth Lighthouse Quilters. Visitors can also don a nautical hat and take a photo to share online using the hashtag #RNLIhope.

Heritage Project Co-ordinator, Becky Fletcher says: ‘We are delighted to have opened our doors to this fantastic new exhibition.’

‘The journey from project conception to rescue story research and collaboration with local groups around the UK has been insightful, humbling and testament to the memory of these heroic rescues that are still very close to the hearts of coastal communities today.’

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.

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

Notes to editors
More information on the rescues featured in the exhibition is available via the RNLI contacts listed.

Photos available for all six rescues featured in the exhibition can be viewed or downloaded here:

http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Media-Preview-day-for-the-RNLIs-WW1-Hope-in-the-Great-War-exhibition.aspx

RNLI PR office contact:
Joanna Dey on 01202 336064; joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk.

Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has opened its new national touring exhibition Hope in the Great War in Cromer.
Page Content:

Commemorating the centenary of World War One (WW1) and funded by Arts Council England, the free-to-attend charity exhibition honours the bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others.

Open to the public at the Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk until 28 February, Hope in the Great War has begun a 4-year tour of RNLI and other museums and RNLI lifeboat stations, highlighting the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war years. The exhibition offers an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the work of RNLI volunteers during WW1 that brought hope to those in need of rescue at sea.

Drawing on the RNLI’s close partnership with local communities, the exhibition comprises a collection of original artworks which illustrate each of the six stories featured. Visitors can solve a stained glass interactive puzzle designed and created by junior members of the 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, construct a giant jigsaw created from a stunning collection of original artworks by the Whitby Art Society and watch a creative animation made by the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets. There’s also a podcast by the Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat crew, audible from the handset of a period telephone, an on-screen dramatic narration by the Baltimore Drama Group and an intricate story quilt created by the Falmouth Lighthouse Quilters. Visitors can also don a nautical hat and take a photo to share online using the hashtag #RNLIhope.

Heritage Project Co-ordinator, Becky Fletcher says: ‘We are delighted to have opened our doors to this fantastic new exhibition.’

‘The journey from project conception to rescue story research and collaboration with local groups around the UK has been insightful, humbling and testament to the memory of these heroic rescues that are still very close to the hearts of coastal communities today.’

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.

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

Notes to editors
More information on the rescues featured in the exhibition is available via the RNLI contacts listed.

Photos available for all six rescues featured in the exhibition can be viewed or downloaded here:

http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Media-Preview-day-for-the-RNLIs-WW1-Hope-in-the-Great-War-exhibition.aspx

RNLI PR office contact:
Joanna Dey on 01202 336064; joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk.