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Calm Before the Storm Exhibition

Calm Before the Storm Exhibition








Calm before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats
Exhibition at Poole Museum

This project presents a remarkable collection of images from the archive of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). For generations, the Beken family in Cowes has photographed maritime activity in the area, creating a significant visual record of Isle of Wight industry and RNLI lifeboats.

‘Calm before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats’ celebrates the digitisation of over eight hundred Beken glass plate negatives. It explores the journeys made by individual lifeboats and their volunteer crews, from starting service to saving lives at sea.

Also on display at Poole Museum will be photographs made by Jack Lowe as part of The Lifeboat Station Project, an ambitious journey to all 238 RNLI stations in the UK and Ireland photographing the lifeboat crews of today. Jack’s use of a Victorian process to produce images on glass complements the historical photographs of the Beken collection, prompting reflection on generations of lifesaving.


Free admission

Winter Opening: Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm/Sun 12noon - 4pm

Summer opening (from late March): Daily: 10am - 5pm

Telephone: Phone: 01202 262600 

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Event Properties

Event Date 26-01-2019
Event End Date 22-04-2019
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price FREE
Location Poole Museum

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Past MHT Conferences

  • Reconnections Conference 2015

    Reconnections Conference 2015

    As part of the 2-day Reconnections Conference, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council, MHT organised the second day – aimed at those involved or interested in heritage projects. The emphasis was on learning from the experience of successful projects how to achieve that one essential - sustainability.

    To view the conference report click here

  • Daniel Adamson

    Reconnections Seminar

    As a follow up to the Reconnections Conference held in Oct 2015, the goal of this seminar is to develop a co-operation network of north west heritage projects who can support each other through new approaches in areas such as communications/social media, fundraising, project management and joint events.

    A report on the day can be read here