Most people keep photos of their relatives close by. This locket contains photographs of Grace’s father William Darling and her brother Robert.
When Grace died in 1842, photography was a very new art. There is no photograph of Grace Darling. In fact, the photo of William Darling was probably not taken until 1860, 20 years after Grace died. So, the locket was probably owned by Grace’s sister Thomasin. Grace might have used the locket to keep curls of hair in, a common way of remembering people in Victorian times.
Grace Darling in 10 objects
The RNLI Grace Darling Museum can’t portray the world in 100 objects; but we can give you more information about the life of one of its most celebrated heroines by focusing on the details of 10 different objects on display in the museum.
These pages help you to explore parts of the collection that you can’t easily see in the displays. Click through to see all the objects.