Located on the edge of Wishtower Slopes, right off of the Eastbourne seafront promenade, the local lifeboat museum is a small yet cherished attraction and is a good thing to do for people visiting the town on their summer holiday. More here!
When it comes to getting a much better idea about local history, Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum is arguably the best place to be! The museum walks visitors through around 200 years of Eastbourne’s story through a number of different exhibits.
The Lifeboat Museum, found at BN21 4BY is established in the RNLI William Terriss Memorial Boathouse that dates back to 1898. It was built in memory of William Terriss, a Victorian actor who was murdered on the steps of London’s Adelphi Theatre the previous year by Richard Archer Prince, a fellow actor who was convinced that Terriss was stopping him from gaining work.
Nowadays home to the museum, the building contains exhibits about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and its role in saving lives around Eastbourne and the East Sussex coast. The displays about Eastbourne’s involvement in the Dunkirk operation during the Second World War are incredibly well executed. In total, it tells the town’s lifesaving history, including medal-winning rescues and Dunkirk’s Operation Dynamo.
Located West end of the promenade by the Wish Tower, the small museum is staffed by volunteers who are very knowledgeable about the RNLI. They can provide even more details about the momentous events in the institution’s history to people who want to learn even more.
Found on the seafront near the Winter Garden and the Devonshire Quarter, the museum is also close to several of the town’s seaside hotels, which are located nearby as are several other points of interest such as the Eastbourne Heritage Centre and the Towner Art Gallery. It is a 12-minute walk to the railway station.
The museum is open throughout the year and entry is free of charge. There is also a small shop on site which allows you to purchase RNLI-themed gifts as well as support a very worthy cause.
It is just a small museum and a visit shouldn’t take much longer than half an hour to see, so if you are in the neighbourhood with some free time on your hands, stop by to step back in time.