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Heroes who gave hope in World War One to be remembered in Cromer exhibition

The wreck of HMHS Rohilla. Whitby RNLI Coxswain Thomas Langlands was awarded an RNLI Gold Medal for Gallantry for the Rohilla rescue. Picture: RNLI

The wreck of HMHS Rohilla. Whitby RNLI Coxswain Thomas Langlands was awarded an RNLI Gold Medal for Gallantry for the Rohilla rescue. Picture: RNLI

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A national touring exhibition which recounts inspirational RNLI lifeboat rescues during the First World War will be based at the charity’s Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer this summer.

The tanker SS Ponus on fire. Picture: Brian Osborne - taken from ‘Images of the Past' collection The tanker SS Ponus on fire. Picture: Brian Osborne - taken from ‘Images of the Past' collection

The free ‘Hope in the Great War’ exhibition, which commemorates the centenary of the First World War, will be open to the public until September 10, 2017.

Funded by Arts Council England,Hope in the Great Wa honours the bravery of volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews who risked their lives to save others during between 1914-19, by raising awareness of six heroic lifeboat rescues.

Opening to the public since August 5, at the RNLI’s Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk, Hope in the Great War features Cromer RNLI lifeboat’s rescue to the ‘Pyrin and Fernebo’, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on January 9, 1917.

‘Hope in the Great War’ highlights the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people who volunteered for the RNLI throughout the war, conveying a sense of hope with many lives saved at sea by the charity. The exhibition offers an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War.

Port Eynon lifeboat, the 'Janet'. Picture: RNLI Port Eynon lifeboat, the 'Janet'. Picture: RNLI

Jacqui Palmer, RNLI Heritage Development manager, said: “This exhibition highlights just a few of the many volunteers who saved others while the world was at war. Bravery and volunteering is central to the ethos of the RNLI and is as relevant today as it was during World War One.

“RNLI volunteers answer the call for help whenever it comes. Modern crews are fully equipped and trained thanks only to donations from a generous public. We hope that this exhibition will help to inspire current and future generations of supporters and lifesavers to enable the RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.”

The exhibition is touring until December 2018 and has already proven popular at almost 20 venues. The RNLI worked with local community groups to create inspirational artwork that interprets their own local lifesaving story. These items, including a giant jigsaw, a podcast and animation, are included in the exhibition and allow the fullest story of the rescues to be told nationally, in an interactive and engaging manner.

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