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History and Heritage

RNLI History
From oars to water jets, the way we save lives at sea has evolved significantly since our foundation in 1824.
Our lifesaving history
RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Dedicated to heroine Grace Darling who rescued nine people from the wreck of the steamship SS Forfarshire in 1838.
Visit the Grace Darling Museum
RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection
Get close to RNLI lifeboats through the ages with this impressive collection at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent.
Visit the historic collection
RNLI Whitby Lifeboat Museum
Once an RNLI lifeboat station, this Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby’s award-winning lifeboat history.
Visit Whitby Lifeboat Museum
RNLI Heritage
Preserving our history through our museums, collections and archives means our story can be shared with all generations.
About RNLI Heritage
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
Relive the life of Coxswain Henry Blogg, the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman, who served 53 years at Cromer.
Visit the Henry Blogg Museum
RNLI Zetland Lifeboat Museum
Discover the Zetland, the world’s oldest surviving lifeboat built in 1802 by Henry Greathead, builder of the first lifeboat.
Visit the Zetland Museum
RNLI Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum
Housed in the 1898 RNLI William Terris Memorial Boathouse, learn about the history of lifeboating in this Sussex town.
Visit Eastbourne Museum


Help train and equip RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards.