Hope in the Great War
Touring to 21 January 2018

The RNLI’s Hope in the Great War exhibition commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Touring RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and partner museums, it honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives in the midst of great conflict. 

Communities have come together for the exhibition to create interactive displays and engaging artwork, funded by Arts Council England. It is an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War, telling the story of six heroic RNLI rescues:

3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
30 October 1914 Whitby, Tynemouth, Upgang, Teesmouth and Scarborough lifeboats rescue 144 people from the wrecked hospital ship Rohilla
8 August 1915 Fraserburgh lifeboat rescues 14 people from the SS Glenravel when she is targeted by a German submarine
1 January 1916 Port Eynon lifeboat goes to the assistance of SS Dunvegan. Tragically three lifeboat crew lose their lives
3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
29 December 1916 Baltimore (Republic of Ireland) volunteers and RN trawlers rescue 23 people from the SS Alondra
9 January 1917 Cromer lifeboat crew and men from the shore rescue 33 from the ships Pyrin and Fernebo when one is wrecked and the other hits a mine.

The exhibition kicked off at the Henry Blogg Museum in February 2014, followed by a tour for four years – the length of the war. It is currently at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Discovery Quay, Falmouth, but you have to be quick – it ends on Sunday 13 November. It then continues at the following venues:

2-29 January
National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

11 February-9 April
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

29 April-11 June
Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth, Devon

Mid June to end July – exact dates to be confirmed
Gloucester Life Museum, Gloucester

10 August-10 September
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer, Norfolk

14 September 2017 to 21 January 2018
Museum and Local History Centre, Monmouth

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