Welcome to the RNLI Grace Darling Museum In the true spirit of the lifeboat service, Grace Horsley Darling (1815–1842) risked her life to rescue others from certain death in a terrible storm.
Grace’s heroism earned her the first RNLI Medal for Gallantry to be awarded to a woman. Grace died of consumption only 4 years later but her fame lives on.
The museum tells the story of the fearless girl who became a reluctant celebrity. The original Grace Darling Museum opened on this site in 1938. Over 75 years later, the building was completely redeveloped using external funding. The stylish, environmentally friendly new building retains the intimacy of the old museum, and has facilities for school visits, exhibitions and events.