RNLI 'Hope in the Great War' Exhibition

'The RNLI’s 'Hope in the Great War' Exhibition commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Touring RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and partner museums over the four year centenary, it honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives in the midst of a time of great conflict. Communities have come together to create interactive displays and engaging artwork, funded by Arts Council England. This is an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War.'

Lighthouse Quilters was contacted in September 2013 by the Exhibition Co-ordinator, Becky Fletcher
.  She asked if we would be willing to design and make a quilt for the Exhibition in time for its opening on 1st February 2014 - not too much time!  The idea was for it to be a story quilt for the Under-5s, and recount the story of the rescue of the crew of the SS 'Ponus' which ran aground on Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in 1916.  The 'Ponus' was on her way from Trinidad when she was wrecked in a storm, and caught fire.  The rescue involved the Falmouth Lifeboat, 'Bob Newbon' and the tug 'Victor'.  Two brave men, Lieutenant Stephens and Second Lieutenant Badger, were awarded RNLI Silver Medals for their courageous rescue of the ship's Second Mate using a small dinghy that they found on the beach.  Some remains of the wreck lie on the seabed today, and are a popular site for divers.

The quilt tells this story in a series of 8 panels, and depicts a colourful underwater scene to capture the children's imaginations.  The outside margins of the quilt include photographs of the wrecked ship, the lifeboat and the tug; and familiar nautical symbols.

We were thrilled to be invited to take part in the Exhibition, and honoured to have our quilt included.  We hope that you may have the opportunity to see it as the Exhibition travels around the country.

Our quilt at the opening of the Exhibition at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer on 1st February 2014.


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