Stories behind the lifeboats
Find out more about some of the lifeboats featured in the Calm Before the Storm exhibition, and what they went on to do after they were built on the Isle of Wight. Each photograph marks the beginning of a story and these lifeboats went on to service lifeboat stations all around the UK and Ireland.
The lifeboats featured here have fascinating and important histories: from participation in the evacuation of Dunkirk to rescues that earned their crews RNLI gallantry medals, and from a lifeboat sadly lost to some that have been preserved.
Read how lifeboat design has changed over the decades and discover remarkable records of lifesaving across the generations.