No one can deny times are tough at the moment, the recession has hit us all but it hasn’t affected the generosity of the visitors to the Maritime Museum as they have raised nearly £7000 for the rescue services in the last few months.
The Museum’s much-loved Search & Rescue exhibition celebrates the maritime rescue services and in honour of their work the Museum installed a charity box for donations that would then be distributed across all the rescue partners involved in the exhibition.
Over the duration of the exhibition, the donation boxes have raised in excess of £10,000 which will be divided between the RNLI and charities associated with the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, National Coastwatch Institute, HM Coastguard and Cornwall Air Ambulance.
And it’s not just the donation boxes that have been ‘added’ to. New objects including an airborne lifeboat model, recently restored thanks to the funding of the Museum’s members, and a new ‘talking heads’ interactive have added new dimensions to the successful exhibition.
The ‘talking heads’ install is a fully engaging screen experience that allows the visitors to ask questions to Falmouth’s RNLI and ‘live’ their life at sea experiences.
Ben Lumby, Exhibitions Manager for the Museum concludes: “There is a huge amount of support for the Search and Rescue exhibition, loyal fans return time after time to climb aboard the helicopter and experience being a member of the maritime services. Others have visited and spotted family in photographs, shared tales of their rescues at sea and many have left better understanding the role our maritime rescue services play and better aware of safety at sea. Our visitors have shown their support and appreciation for the work they do by donating to the rescue service charities and we are very grateful.”
On-going fundraising will continue for the duration of the exhibition which will close February 2015.