Calm before the storm exhibition
Calm Before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats marks the digitisation of 850 glass plate negatives of lifeboats. It celebrates significant moments in the life of individual lifeboats and their volunteer crews, from starting service to saving lives at sea.
The Beken family have been photographing maritime life in Cowes for generations, creating a stunning visual record of Isle of Wight industry and RNLI lifeboats.
With the support of both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Christopher Andreae and The Scorpion Trust, this unique collection has been preserved and digitised.
Now you can see part of this remarkable collection by visiting the The Calm Before the Storm exhibition at Poole Museum.
4 High Street, Poole, Dorset
26 January–22 April 2019
Poole Museum will also be displaying photographs from Jack Lowe’s The Lifeboat Station Project, an ambitious challenge to photograph all 238 RNLI stations in the UK and Ireland. Jack uses a Victorian process to produce his images on glass, which complements the historical Beken collection.
If you can't visit Poole Museum, the Heritage team have selected some unique images from the collection for you to enjoy online.