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.
The Grace Darling Museum is part of the RNLI Heritage Trust, which celebrates more than 180 years of the saving of lives at sea by the RNLI, a charity entirely dependent upon public donations.
Volunteers are required in a number of roles to help throughout the museum.
Museum Assistant – make visitors feel welcome, advise and guide them during their visit, help keep the museum tidy.
Collection Care – Working as a team you will learn and monitor the entire collection, photographing, marking and cleaning.
Coble Care – Caring for historic coble, gentle cleaning, inspection.
Learning Volunteer – Assist the Learning Officer to provide a meaningful visit for learners of all ages and visiting groups.
RNLI Shop – Helping to run the shop and providing a good customer service.
Research Centre – Manning the research centre when it is open.
Flying Squad – Doing any of the above, helping out where needed.
All volunteers gain people skills, team working skills and improve communication skills as well as having a fantastic experience.