Our History

Since it was founded in 1824, as the National Institution for the preservation of Life from Shipwreck, there have been countless examples of the courage, selflessness and dedication – qualities still shown by the people of the RNLI today.



The RNLI Heritage Trust was setup in 2004 to support and celebrate the RNLI’s heritage, past, present and future. The trust is a subsidiary charity of the RNLI and, with the help of volunteers, manages 5 RNLI museums and over 30 historic lifeboats, as well as extensive collections and archives.

Heritage funding has enabled the museums celebrating Henry Blogg be redeveloped in striking new buildings with family-friendly display. Whitby and Zetland museums are set in their original boathouses while Chatham holds the National Collection of historic lifeboats. Collections are also displayed in some lifeboat stations and vistor centres, many of which hold ‘Explore’ status – with free access and pre-booked tour’s available.



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If you feel you can help with the Guildford RNLI, please click here.

Further information about the RNLI can be found on our national web site here.

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