”Organising an interactive exhibition on such a grand scale has not been an easy task and has presented a number of practical difficulties, as the director of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Jonathan Griffin, explained: “We knew we were ambitious when plans for developing this new exhibition evolved years ago. We could never have dreamed of achieving the calibre of exhibition reached, let alone squeezing a 21m long, six tonne Sea King in our exhibition.“It has been made possible with the support and funding of the RNLI, RNLI Heritage Trust, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Objects have been loaned to us by the Ministry of Defence and work of AgustaWestland, the Royal Navy, RAF and many others.”The origins and development of search and rescue equipment will be showcased during the exhibition, including the
advanced technological apparatus used to save lives today.
There will also be details of the famous Helstonian, Henry Trengrouse, who devised a method to save lives by means of a rocket and line fired from the shore to a vessel in distress.The chance to become a virtual lifeguard will allow visitors to climb aboard a quad bike and take preventative action to ensure that swimmers and surfers are in the correct flagged zones. Footage from real rescues and personal accounts from volunteer crews will also be factored into the exhibition.
Joanna Bellis, RNLI Heritage curatorial manager, said: “We hope our contribution to the exhibition will be a fun and inspiring way to find out about the charity and will go some way to giving back to all those that have supported us over the years by showing what their support and funding has enabled us to achieve.”