Rare opportunity to capture family memories at unique RNLI fun day

Lifeboats Media Invite

This Saturday, the National Library of Wales will focus on the lifeboat charity.

Jack Lowe at work in Angle


Jack Lowe at work in Angle

The highlight of the event, which is jam packed with activities will be a hands on demonstration from a photographer who is visiting every RNLI lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland taking unique photographs on glass.

Jack Lowe will be on site during the day and between 12pm and 2pm will be giving demonstrations of the fascinating method he used to create a number of images being displayed for the first time at the National Library of Wales. In 2017, the library purchased a selection of Jack’s prints for the National Collection of Welsh Photographs.

Now they’re hosting the very first exhibition of those images: powerful portraits of Welsh lifeboat stations and their brave volunteer crews. The free exhibition runs until March 2019 and forms part of Visit Wales’ ‘Year of the Sea’, a year-long celebration of the Welsh coastline and forms part of the NLW contribution to Welsh Government's 'Year of the Sea', a year-long celebration of the Welsh epic shores.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition and to mark Year of the Sea, there will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family amused. There will also be an RNLI welly wanging contest running all day, the chance to meet lifeboat crews from different station, two real lifeboats on display and activities for children, including face-painting, nautical story-telling at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 and a treasure hunt available all day.

Children can look forward to coming face to face with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan and can try on real RNLI lifeboat kit. There is also an opportunity to find out more about how to stay safe when visiting the coast.

The iconic Library building is also set to be lit up yellow to raise awareness of the lifeboat charity’s yellow-themed annual fundraising appeal Mayday, which runs throughout May.

The event is free to attend and will run between 11-3pm.

Jack will also be at the library on the Friday (27th) when he hands over some of the delicate glass plates to be added to the exhibition. There is the opportunity for press to be present at the handing over and installation of the plates.

The photographs by Jack held by the National Library of Wales were made at Aberystwyth, Angle, New Quay, Tenby and St Davids lifeboat stations.

Notes to Editors

Media Opportunity


National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (front lawn outside the main entrance)

Time: 1pm


Jack Lowe, who is capturing images of every lifeboat station in Wales will be available for photographs/interviews as the National Library of Wales celebrates the launch of his Year of the Sea exhibition. The photocall will include an RNLI lifeboat, RNLI mascot Stormy Stan and RNLI lifeboat crews, as well as Jack and his decommissioned ambulance ‘Neena’. There will also be an opportunity to photograph families enjoying other activities at the family fun day.

For further information, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the event at the onside Caffi Pen Dinas.

Filming inside the building will need prior permission. Please call Elin Haf no later than 3pm on Friday to confirm attendance.

In partnership with Lle Hanes, the Library will be showcasing the exhibition 'Cymru a'r Môr / Wales and Sea' at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff during the Eisteddfod, and opening at the Library 29.9.18.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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