The Henry Blogg Museum (above) enters Museums at Night 2009 with a tale of heroics
When we spoke to the Henry Blogg Museum, in Cromer, Norfolk, they were cautiously looking forward to their first attempt at a Museums at Night event. The RNLI-run homage to the high seas needn't worry, as it's devised one of the most potentially entertaining programmes of the weekend.
A torchlit search for biscuits scattered across the rooms by Monte, the Museum’s Tyrolean sheepdog mascot, will turn the naval heritage centre to darkness in a two-hour family quest.
A painting of Henry Blogg by Margaret Hodgson in 1941
An heroic sailor, Blogg met Monte in 1932 when they both survived an epic rescue mission aboard Italian steamship Monte Nevoso, which ran aground on Haisborough Sands on a journey between Hull and Argentina.
Blogg met his canine friend during a major rescue operation in 1932
Six tugs tried in vain to save the ship from a pounding wind and heavy seas which flooded the engine room, smashed the rudder and tearing its fenders to shreds, but the crew were eventually spared a watery demise after a high-risk evacuation.
Monte is now the Museum's mascot
Blogg was presented with Monte as part of the British, Italian and Canine Defence League silver medals he won for his bravery in the escapade, and they formed a strong partnership, often being pictured together.
Fortunately for visitors, this Museums at Night test won't be as tough as their 50-hour rescue mission.
Runs 6.30pm - 8.30pm on May 16 2009. Admission free.