The RNLI Heritage Trust preserves the history of the RNLI by caring for objects and the archives that tell the story of the service since 1824.
The Trust is a subsidiary charity of the RNLI. Preserving our heritage is important, but we will only spend money donated or granted specifically for this purpose.
The Trust's collections and museums keep the RNLI's historic stories of courage alive, as well as giving an insight to the recent social and political histories of the UK and Ireland.
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The RNLI Heritage Trust seeks to communicate and celebrate the RNLI’s common humanity and constant voluntary service saving lives at sea since 1824. We aim to inspire and inform current and future generations by making our museums and historic collections accessible to the public while ensuring these collections are maintained to recognised professional standards.
The Heritage Trust is a subsidiary charity of the RNLI, established in 2004 to care for the future conservation and financing of the RNLI museums and collections. It relies on grants and voluntary contributions for support.
West Quay Road
Telephone: 0845 122 6999
Visitor parking available
The RNLI Heritage Trust maintains a diverse collection of historic items, including:
fine art collection*
model lifeboat collection*
lifeboat souvenirs and memorabilia
RNLI archive: historic documents and selected photographs*
historic lifeboats on loan.
*Based in Poole, Dorset, UK.
Researchers are welcome to visit the library and archive, by appointment.
Many brave and selfless lifeboat crew are remembered in their local communities. However, the RNLI Memorial sculpture in Poole, Dorset, UK, is the only place where each and every one of them is named together.
This memorial serves as a source of inspiration for current and future generations of lifeboat crew, lifeguards, supporters and fundraisers. It reminds us that there are still people who volunteer to carry out selfless acts of heroism to help others; and we will always remember their sacrifice.
In most cases, the names listed on the memorial saved the lives of others before losing their own. See the list of names here.
You can add your tribute to the people named on the memorial, and to all the RNLI’s lifesavers, past, present and future.
Sam Holland’s sculpture, depicting a person in a boat saving another from the water, symbolises the history and future of the RNLI in its most basic and humanitarian form. Sam intended her design to be bold and simple, incorporating the elements of courage, loss and remembrance. Designed to be a beacon of hope, it honours those who continue to save lives at sea, as well as those lost in the act of lifesaving.
Consultants and contractors involved in making this sculpture:
Ellis Belk Associates
Greendale Construction Limited
Lighting Technology Projects LTD (PAI)
Taylor Fuel Control (King Group)
LAMEEKAM®Graphics by Studio Lameek
We also wish to thank the following for their kind contributions:
Speirs and Major Associates (Lighting Architects)
Stewarts Garden Design and Landscaping
Borough of Poole
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