National exhibition featuring First World War lifeboat rescues coming to Cromer

A national touring exhibition which recounts inspirational RNLI lifeboat rescues during the First World War will be based at the charity’s Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer this summer.

The free Hope in the Great War exhibition, which commemorates the centenary of the First World War, will be open to the public until 10 September 2017.

Funded by Arts Council England, Hope in the Great War honours the bravery of volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews who risked their lives to save others during between 1914-19, by raising awareness of six heroic lifeboat rescues.

Hope in the Great War features Cromer RNLI lifeboat’s rescue to the ‘Pyrin and Fernebo’, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on 9 January 1917.

The exhibition highlights the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war, conveying a sense of hope with many lives 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 the First World War.

The exhibition is touring until December and has already proven popular at almost 20 venues. The RNLI worked with local community groups to create inspirational artwork that interprets their own local lifesaving story. These items, including a giant jigsaw, a podcast and animation, are included in the exhibition and allow the fullest story of the rescues to be told nationally, in an interactive and engaging manner.

The wreck of HMHS Rohilla. Whitby RNLI Coxswain Thomas Langlands was awarded an RNLI Gold Medal for Gallantry for the Rohilla rescue
Credit: RNLI

Port Eynon lifeboat, the ‘Janet’.
Credit: RNLI

The tanker SS Ponus on fire
Credit: Brian Osborne – taken from ‘Images of the Past’ collection

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