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Women of the RNLI exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

  • June 27, 2024
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Women of the RNLI exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

Women of the RNLI at the National Maritime Museum celebrates the work of women in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Combining striking photography with personal testimony and breathtaking film, this exhibition will give you a glimpse into the lives of volunteers across the UK and Ireland.

Ever since its foundation in 1824, the RNLI has had one mission: to save every life at sea. The organisation is entirely self-funded and relies on the tireless work of volunteers throughout the UK and Ireland. 2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the RNLI. In this anniversary year, this exhibition will shines a light on the many roles that women have, and always have had, in this vital and life saving charity.

The exhibition will explore the experiences of current volunteers along with the stories of the people who paved their way. From crewmembers and lifeguards to fundraisers, mechanics and station managers, women have contributed to every aspect of the RNLI’s work.

At the heart of the exhibition is the photography of Jack Lowe, an artist who for almost a decade has been documenting the crews and views of every RNLI lifeboat station. His evocative images, captured from Victorian glass-plate technology, allow us to see the modern work of the organisation through an historic lens.

Together with the voices and experiences of RNLI volunteers, Women of the RNLI provides a personal perspective on a lifesaving institution.

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