Bamburgh's RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh needs you

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is looking for a volunteer shop manager to support the popular Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 6:00 am
The RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh.

Just like the RNLI’s lifeboat stations, the museum and its shop rely on volunteers to keep it running. New recruits don’t need to be experts on the iconic north east heroine, they just need some spare time and a willingness to learn the ropes.

Since reopening in 2008, the museum has been enjoyed by almost 60,000 visitors a year, including holidaymakers, families, schools and history groups.

Museum manager, Marleen Vincenten, said: “The museum shop is a vital part of our offering, and we’re looking for an enthusiastic person to take this on.

The famous depiction of Grace Darling's rescue by Thomas Brooks.

“We have a very passionate team of volunteers who are keen to provide the best experience possible for our visitors, and anyone taking on this new role will be part of this.”

Ros McHugh, who has been volunteering at the museum for about four years, added: "Spending time in the museum really is interesting and it varies quite a lot - I can be working in the shop, welcoming visitors or sometimes helping out with school visits.

“It’s very rewarding to see how much people get out of their visit to the museum, especially the children who are enthralled not just by Grace’s courage but also by the Darlings’ life in the lighthouse.”

If you are interested, please contact the RNLI Grace Darling Museum on: 01668 214910 or email: [email protected]