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RNLI 150 year history to be showcased at Poole Museum

Visitors to Poole Museum will be able to learn all about the courageous work of the RNLI, with a new exhibition opening on Saturday 16th May.

The exhibition ‘150 Years of Poole Lifeboat Station’ will detail the story of the lifeboat station’s history – its volunteer crew, rescues, lifeboats and kit.

Lifeboats crewed by the people of Poole have been helping those in trouble at sea since 1865. The story is told through displays that cover award-winning rescues such as the lifeboat's involvement with the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War, through to the modern-day lifeboat service in Poole.

There will be over 150 objects on display, some of which have never been seen in public before. Exhibits include a fascinating range of the charity’s collection boxes spanning 150 years, models, paintings, medals, photographs, kit and mementos.

From pulling and sailing lifeboats, to the familiar Tyne class and inshore B class lifeboats of today, visitors can explore how the vessels have evolved over the past 150 years. Archive footage and a new film will bring to life the moment of a launch and rescue.

Michael Spender, Manager of Poole Museum, said: “The RNLI is such an important organisation for Poole and the Poole lifeboat station is the busiest coastal lifeboat station in the country. It’s fantastic that we can celebrate its admirable work for the people of Poole over the past 150 years at our museum.”

The exhibition has been financed by a generous legacy from the late Alan Inett (father of Poole volunteer Crew Member Rob Inett), Morgan Sindall and Jenkins Marine. Many of the objects have been kindly loaned by the RNLI.

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