Search & Rescue at NMM Cornwall

Date Posted: 06/01/2012

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is to stage a major two-year exhibition from the 16th March. Search & Rescue will invite groups to embark on an interactive, stimulating and emotive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services, celebrating the work of the RNLI, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, HM Coastguard, and other organisations.

Displaying exhibits of epic proportions, visitors will have the chance to climb inside a 70-foot Sea King helicopter, listen to accounts from the crew and from those that have been rescued, explore their lifesaving equipment, and discover the world of the Royal Navy and RAF SAR teams.

At the heart of the exhibition is an interactive coastguard operations room. Group members can put themselves in the coastguard hot seat; making the life or death decision to bring in the right service for the rescue. Search & Rescue also revisits well-known and untold rescues from the past, tracing the evolution of rescue equipment.

The museum will also be hosting a programme of special events to accompany the exhibition, including air sea rescue demonstrations, ‘meet the crew’ days, and opportunities to climb aboard an RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

Parties of ten plus visiting the National Maritime Museum Cornwall can take advantage of discounted group rates, specialised tours, and free entry for the group organiser.

For further information or to arrange a group visit, telephone: 01326-214557 or visit

Photo credit: RAF © Crown copyright MOD 2011

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