Join the Whitby Heritage Crew today

RNLI Whitby has a long and proud history of lifesaving which carries on to this day. Could you help support the museum and the station for the future?

By donating £100 or more*, you will become a member of the Whitby Heritage Crew and receive a limited-edition Whitby lifeboat print, a special tour of the RNLI Whitby Lifeboat Museum, and a thank you acknowledgement in the museum for a minimum of one year.

The money raised will help Whitby RNLI continue their lifesaving work on this beautiful part of the Yorkshire coast, and ensure Whitby’s courageous history is preserved in the museum.

The volunteers of Whitby RNLI stand in front of their museum

Photo: RNLI/Ceri Oakes

The museum renovation will bring the remarkable story of Whitby RNLI to a new audience

An award-winning history

A former RNLI lifeboat station, this Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby’s award-winning lifeboat history with a treasure trove of paintings, medals, photographs, and mementos from famous wrecks and rescues.

The museum is also home to Robert & Ellen Robson, a Rubie class rowing lifeboat that was built in 1918, and served in Whitby from 1947-1955. Her last service was a historic event for the RNLI, as it was the last time a rowing lifeboat was ever used in operational service.

We hope the museum’s redevelopment will bring the remarkable story of Whitby RNLI, and the wider lifesaving work of the charity, to new audiences. 'This is an exciting project for the museum and its volunteers – the RNLI has a rich history of lifesaving in Whitby,’ says Neil Williamson, Museum Curator

The redevelopment will place Whitby’s extraordinary tales of gallantry centre stage, making greater use of interactive, visual and emotive storytelling. Plus, the new design will better showcase the museum’s unique models, artefacts and the lovingly restored historic lifeboat.

It will also be a wonderful opportunity to share potentially lifesaving local water safety advice with the people of Whitby and visitors to the town, in a fun and informative way. We hope you’ll consider becoming part of our crew.

*If you would like to donate less than £100, we’re still very grateful for your support. Your donation will go towards supporting the RNLI in Whitby, making you a lifesaver too! Thank you.