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Danger, heroism and hope – RNLI exhibition celebrates coastal heritage

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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AN exhibition celebrating the heroic efforts of the RNLI and coastal community volunteers who risked their lives during World War One is coming to Stockton-on-Tees.

‘Hope in the Great War’ will be at Preston Park Museum and Grounds from Tuesday 10 July until Sunday 23 September 2018.

The family-friendly exhibition, created by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with the support of Arts Council England, honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives in the midst of the First World War. 

It focuses on heroic wartime rescues from around the coasts of Britain. The stories include the 1917 rescues from Pyrin and Fernebo by the Cromer lifeboat, and the 1914 mission to the hospital ship Rohilla, wrecked off Whitby. This rescue took over three days to complete and involved lifeboats from around the North East, including Teesmouth.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “These fascinating stories of danger, heroism and hope are told through atmospheric multimedia displays. The artwork will feature a giant jigsaw, podcast and an animation.

“The interactive displays and engaging artwork have been created by local communities, with the support of the Arts Council England, and offer visitors of all ages an ideal way to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War.

“We have a proud heritage of ship-building and sea-going in the Borough and this exhibition reflects some of the exciting and heroic events that form part of our history.”

The exhibition is enhanced by objects relating to stories of life-saving around the coasts of North Yorkshire and Durham and the ship-building heritage of Teesside.

It is touring for four years around RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and other museums.

‘Hope in the Great War’ will be at Preston Park Museum and Grounds from Tuesday 10 July 2018 until Sunday 23 September, 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Free entry with museum admission.

For more information, visit or call 01642 527375.

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