Bentley Priory Museum in Stanmore has secured a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an upcoming project marking the 2024 bicentenary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
Titled ‘RNLI 200: Commemorating the Rescue of The Few,’ the project will delve into the RNLI’s crucial role in rescuing aircrew during the 1940 Battle of Britain. Volunteers will conduct research on these rescues and explore developments in air-sea rescue during World War II.
Their findings will contribute to a new temporary exhibition at the Museum, scheduled to open in July 2024. Additionally, the project will create resources for RAF Air Cadets and offer RNLI air-sea rescue activities for families visiting the Museum during the Easter and Summer Holidays.
Museum Director, Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma: “We are thrilled to have the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable us to deliver this important heritage project during the RNLI’s 200th year, to commemorate their critical role in rescuing aircrew – from both sides of the conflict – shot down into the sea. The RNLI saved over 6,000 lives during World War II, not including those rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk”.
With the project commencing in late February, Bentley Priory Museum are looking for volunteers to join the project team to support researching rescues and co-curating the temporary exhibition. If interested in supporting the project, please contact the Museum’s Collections Manager: email@example.com