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Grace Darling Museum hosts charity exhibition

The new RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh celebrated its first anniversary this week.

The new RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh celebrated its first anniversary this week.

The Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh is helping a historic maritime organisation celebrate 500 years of protecting sea-goers.

Trinity House was set up by Henry VIII, by order of a Royal Charter, initially charged to “improve the art and science of mariners”.

It was also tasked with the relief of “decayed seamen and their relatives”.

It was Trinity House that, until well into the 20th century, employed lighthouse keepers such as Grace Darling’s father, William, who was responsible for the Longstone lighthouse on the Farne Islands.

Today, Trinity House’s primary concern is still the safety and welfare of mariners. The organisation trains young men and women for a career in the Merchant Navy and it looks after mariners, providing relief and welfare through the Trinity House Maritime Charity.

Another major role for Trinity House, is maintaining the lighthouses, lightships and lighted buoys around the coast of England, ensuring the safety of sailors and sea-goers, whether on business or pleasure voyages.

The Trinity House exhibition is to run until Sunday, September 7.

Bamburgh’s Grace Darling Museum is open from Monday to Sunday, between 10am and 5pm.

The last admission of the day is at 4.15pm.

 

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