RNLI announces national World War I touring exhibition, Hope in the Great War 2014

By Jessica King | 31 October 2013 | Updated: 31 October 3013

Exhibition preview: Hope in the Great War, Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer, from February 4 2014

A black and white photo of an early 20th century boat crew on a vessel on the sea
The Cromer lifeboat Liverpool class ON 495 'Louisa Heartwell'© RNLI

This four-year touring exhibition around RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and other museums will give a national voice to the heroic efforts of RNLI and coastal community volunteers who risked their lives to save others during World War I.

To commemorate the centenary of the conflict, the free display will showcase six motivational lifeboat rescue services in order to highlight the extraordinary achievements of those who volunteered for the Institution.

Services include the 1914 Whitby lifeboat rescue of the wrecked hospital ship HMHS Rohilla, which saw 144 people saved, the Cromer RNLI lifeboat’s rescue of the Pyrin and Fernebo which rescued 33 people on January 9 1917 and the Port Eynon lifeboat’s service to the Dunvegan, on January 1 1916, to name a few.

The artwork will feature a giant jigsaw, a podcast and an animation to provide the fullest story of the recues in an interactive and engaging manner.

  • Visit rnli.org for tour dates and full details.

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More Pictures:

A black and white photo of a seaman with a beard in a life jacket looking to the side
Andrew Noble, Fraserbugh RNLI Coxswain© RNLI

A black and white photo of a man in a cap standing by the sea with his large dog
Henry Blogg, coxswain of Cromer lifeboat with dog Monte© RNLI
A black and white photo of a ship disappearing into the sea during the early 20th century
Wreck of HMHS Rohilla© RNLI
A black and white photo of a seaman in a beret wearing a life jacket with a beard
Whitby RNLI Coxswain Thomas Langlands© RNLI
A monochrome photo of people carrying out practices on a boat on a shallow sea
Port Eynon lifeboat, the Janet© RNLI
A black and white photo of a shipwreck in which smoke is billowing from the vessel
Ponus on Fire. From the Images of the Past Collection© Brian Osborne

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