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Our history

Since 1824 we’ve pioneered developments in lifesaving at sea. And our lifesavers have shown unfailing courage and selflessness.
Delve into our history
Our archive and collections
Preserving our heritage through our archive, collections and museums means our story can be shared with all generations.
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Hope in the Great War
Our touring exhibition commemorates the centenary of the First World War and remembers those who saved lives.
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Volunteering opportunities
Got some time to spare? Our heritage volunteers play a vital part in telling our story and keeping our rich history alive.
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Can’t find the answer in our FAQs? Fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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Our museums celebrate our long and proud lifesaving history and bring our incredible stories of courage to life.
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Looking for an overview of our courageous history? Our downloadable resources are full of useful information.
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Memorial sculpture
Designed to be a beacon of hope, our memorial honours the courage of lifeboat crew lost at sea and those who continue to save lives.
Add your tribute
Where was our first lifeboat station? Do we provide lifeboat plans for model makers? Find the answers to these questions and more.
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Help train and equip RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards.