RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Radcliffe Road
Bamburgh
Northumberland
NE69 7AE

+44 01668 214910

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Grace Darling was 22 years old when she risked her life in an open boat to help the survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838. With her father, she rowed for over a mile through raging seas to reach them. The courage that Grace and her family showed on that day is now legendary.. Grace was the media celebrity of her day. She was celebrated internationally and was showered with honours, including the RNLI's Silver Medal for Gallantry. The museum, first established in 1938, has been rebuilt and now includes the famous rescue coble, Grace's dresses, letters and family belongings and a cornucopia of commemorative ware. Her story and that of her family are retold using modern audio visual presentations and a model of Longstone. The museum offers: a learning and community room for research and events; exciting new exhibitions; access for all.

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tripadvisor
14/10/2018

Extremely Interesting Museum


Bill M, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Spent a very interesting hour in this extremely well laid out museum which is run by ladies frim the RNLI. The story of the daring rescue by Grace and her father is told in great and interesting detail with many interesting artefacts to study, including the boat used in the rescue. In the churchyard across the road you can see a fitting memorial to Grace. (See photograph)
tripadvisor
13/10/2018

Needs rescuing


Chris_and_Jean, Derby, England
It's all too easy to criticise and I hate to knock the wonderful work of the RNLI generally or the efforts of its local volunteers (I have a relative who is manager of one theif largest shops), but the reality is that I was very disappointed. As such I appreciate that I am out-of-kilter with most other reviewers who have given this four or five stars, but when I visited it was (a) stifflingly hot inside and (b) far too dark to see let alone read most of the labels (I realise some fabrics are delicate but that's no reason to put everything in the dark!). It's an interesting building and I believe there are sometimes activites upstairs for children (having had a wasted trip up the stairs as there was no signage saying there was nothing further to see!), but IMHO the exhibits are not shown to their best advantage and the RNLI should consider closing for a month or two and revamping the circular Room 1 completely, ideally with some professional curating input. (Or if not then at least sorting out the air conditioning and reviewing the light levels). That said it's free to go in - albeit meaningful donations appreciated to come out - and if it's one of those rare rainy days in Bambrugh then it's an ideal place to go for a bit of shelter from the wind and the waves, the more to appreciate the valiant efforts of those who put their lives in peril doing the exact opposite (especially in a rowing boat...). {Note for RNLI - worth checking the detailed list of those rescued/drowned/died etc as by my reckoning it doesn't tally with the number of survivors stated on the adjacent panel}
tripadvisor
12/10/2018

Small, but well worth a visit


J-J2030, Lancefield, Australia
This small museum is staffed by volunteers who are very informative and enhance your understanding of the amazing feat that both Grace and her father performed. We had heard of her, of course, but a visit to the museum provides a wonderful insight into the family's life, the rescue, her subsequent fame and early death from TB four years later.
tripadvisor
12/10/2018

Small but interesting and well presented museum


benangie2017, Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
Doesn't take long to complete a visit but well worth it. Visit the church opposite afterwards. Walking distance from centre of Bamburgh.
tripadvisor
10/10/2018

Great little museum


UlverstonJanet, Ulverston, United Kingdom
This is a super well designed museum. The exhibits are interesting and those staffing the museum are very enthusiastic and proud of their place. It is free to enter. Also go across to the church after your visit.
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Photo: https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/RNLI-Grace-Darling-Museum/vn-medium-Outside-RNLI-Grace-Darling-Museum.jpg

URL: http://www.rnli.org.uk/gracedarling


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