RNLI in the Great War Exhibition

Posted by Tenby Museum on Feb 4, 2016 Blog, Exhibition Archive, News No Comments

The new exhibition at Tenby Museum is the RNLI’s Hope in the Great War exhibition, which commemorates the centenary of the First World War and honours the courage of those who endeavoured  to save lives whilst the world was in the midst of unparalleled conflict.

The exhibition is touring RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and partner museums between 2014 and 2018 and Tenby is one of three locations in Wales that are holding the show.  Communities have come together to create a series of interactive displays and engaging artwork and the show has been funded by Arts Council England.

The exhibition concentrates on six heroic RNLI reduces during WW1 through a series of family friendly interactive displays.  As part of the exhibition, the museum has also put on a small display of the Tenby lifeboat during the war, William and Mary Devey.  The very essence of all these stories of selfless bravery will resonate throughout every community who has bore witness to the acts of courage carried out by lifeboat crews around Britain.

The show is the perfect way for families and young children to learn about the amazing work of the RNLI volunteers during WWI.

The exhibition was officially opened by David Morgan, Chairman of the Tenby Lifeboat Management Group on Saturday 6 February at 2.30pm.  Mr Morgan said, “I think that most people think of boats when they think of the RNLI, but its mainly about people.  And of all the people who work for the RNLI, the most important are the crew and always has been.  As you go around the exhibition you will be inspired to think of the families of the crew.  The crew are the most selfless, generous , dependable and caring people you are ever likely to meet and their selflessness is uplifting.”

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Museum Hon Curator Neil Westerman (left) with David Morgan at the official opening of the RNLI Hope in the Great war exhibition

Museum Hon Curator Neil Westerman (left) with David Morgan at the official opening of the RNLI Hope in the Great War exhibition

Visitors enjoying one of the interactive displays in the RNLI Hope in the Great War exhibition

Visitors enjoying one of the interactive displays in the RNLI Hope in the Great War exhibition