Photos: RNLI/Elaine Trethowan
As part of the National Heritage Open Days, the country’s largest FREE heritage festival, The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno invited the Penlee heritage team along to the event. We were asked to put on a display and deliver some presentations about the history of lifeboat communications to add to their 'Ship to Shore' theme.
Our Lifeboat Press Officer - Elaine Trethowan, Lifeboat Visits officer - Martin Brockman and Crew member - Sam Kent went along with an impressive display of old and new.
Starting with Semaphore flags, through Morse signal lamps, right up to modern radio communication, the history of the lifeboats at Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee was told particularly how they communicated. The team also took along children's dress-up and some actual crew kit for the visitors to try on. Colouring-in, 'Stay Safe' Magazines, flags and pencils were well appreciated by the children, whist the adults listened to Martin presenting a brief history slide show and asked the team many questions about Penlee's rich Heritage.
Many thanks to all of those who attended the day (Over 400 visitors streamed past) and those who showed an interest in what we had to display and talk about. Many thanks to the team at the Telegraph Museum for hosting the event, inviting us along and making the tea!
Images: Top - Martin in mid flow presentation on lifeboat communications, Mid - Sam demonstrating radio etiquette to two very enthusiastic supporters, Bottom - Zara, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum Events & Learning Assistant trying on the Crew kit (I think we've signed her up!)