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“Grace Darling”

Grace Darling Museum
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Bamburgh
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Owner description: The RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the story of Grace and her father's heroic rescue of nine survivors of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in September 1838. The museum is a small site, with a stunning view from the first floor. The main gallery includes the boat Grace and her father rowed to the rescue. RNLI Grace Darling Museum is a family-friendly site with trails, activities and temporary exhibitions during school holidays. We look forward to welcoming you.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful museum, a great experience for my children. A story of incredible bravery that will make your spine tingle.

1  Thank Chris W
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

As I have always been in awe of Grace Darlings exploits on that awful night, I thought I would visit her museum. It was all very dark (I appreciate old delicate items have to be cared for, I'm getting that way myself !!!!!!!!!!!) but it was difficult to read/see what was behind the glass in the display cases.

1  Thank Colin B
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had a weekend 'doing Grace Darling' and came here after we had been out to the Farnes. Seeing the boat in the Museum somehow made it very real. Good exhibits and worth a visit.

Thank Jen C
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I had heard about Grace Darling's bravery so felt very privileged to be able to see her life story depicted in this very interesting museum, which has free admission so a must for anyone driving along the coast road in Northumberland and stopping off in Bamburgh to view the castle. I was saddened to hear she died at the very young age of 27 from consumption. The museum is full of artefacts from her family's home and the actual boat she made her famous rescue in as well as a small gift shop and details of where you can see the house she was born in and the house she died in and encouraging you to see her grave and memorial in the church yard opposite and the window dedicated to her inside the church. A very fitting tribute to a very brave woman.

1  Thank R P T
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This small museum is excellent and brings the life of Grace Darling to life with the use of personal items, including her letters and family portraits. It also has a model of the Longstone lighthouse and an audio-visual interpretation of the events in 1838 that thrust her to fame.

The museum explains the happenings on the night of 7th September 1838, when the SS Forfarshire lost all engine power and started drifting. The ship struck the Big Harcar rock at about 4:00am. Within 15 minutes the ship had broken into 2 sections with the stern half sinking with more than 48 people on board.

There was a fierce storm blowing that night and Grace was on Watch in the Lighthouse. At about 4:45am Grace saw the wreck, but it was too dark to see what had happened. At first light Grace could see survivors moving on the Big Harcar rock. Grace's father felt, given the sea conditions, that it would be impossible for the North Sunderland lifeboat to launch to rescue the survivors so he decided that he would need to attempt the rescue himself.

Grace went with her father in the lighthouse's cobble. They had to row for nearly a mile in the atrocious weather to reach the Big Harcar rocks where the 9 survivors were. Grace's father leapt out of the boat leaving Grace to handle the oars herself. She kept the boat close to the rocks until it was possible to take the first five survivors back to the lighthouse.

Grace then remained in the Lighthouse and took care of the survivors with her mother whilst her father and three of the Forfarshire's crew rowed back to the rocks to rescue the other survivors. Soon the story of the wreck and the rescue by Grace and her father was on the front pages of all the newspapers. Both Grace and her father were awarded gold medals by the Royal Humane Society, and Silver medals for Gallantry by the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (now the RNLI).

As mentioned the museum brings that night to life and explains the happenings in Graces Life both before and after the rescue and subsequent publicity which she hated.

Admission to the museum is free (Donations are accepted if you wish). There is also a shop and a short film about the work and involvement of women in the RNLI today playing in the entrance foyer.

It is well worth spending some time wandering around the exhibits. There are also some activities for children. I would recommend that you pick up one of the brochures explaining the other interesting sites associated with Grace in Bamburgh. This will help you to get the most from your visit to the Village.

I would highly recommend this museum.

1  Thank Kernowman373
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