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Great War lifeboat exhibition to open this weekend

A child looking at the interactive stained glass puzzle. Picture by RNLI.

A child looking at the interactive stained glass puzzle. Picture by RNLI.

A new exhibition, linked to the First World War, will be opening at a north Northumberland museum from tomorrow.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be bringing its national touring exhibition, Hope in the Great War, to the Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh this month.

Commemorating the centenary of the conflict, the free-to-attend exhibition honours the bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others and will run until Easter Monday, April 21.

The lifeboat services to feature within the exhibition include the 1914 Whitby lifeboat rescue of the wrecked hospital ship HMHS Rohilla, which saw 144 people saved from the sea, and Cromer RNLI’s rescue of the Pyrin and Fernebo, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on January 9, 1917.

The exhibition also comprises a collection of original artworks, which will illustrate each of the stories featured.

Visitors can construct a giant jigsaw created from original works by the Whitby Art Society or solve a stained-glass interactive puzzle designed and created by junior members of the 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, for example.

The exhibition was made possible by an Arts Council England grant of £78,200.

 

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