RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum Our museum celebrates the incredible rescues made by the RNLI's most decorated volunteer, Henry Blogg and his crew. The museum tells incredible stories of Cromer people putting their lives in danger to rescue strangers from the sea.

At the heart of the museum is the lifeboat stationed here during World War II. There are also puzzles, model boats, Morse code practice and more in this super, family-friendly museum.

Operating as usual

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum  will once again open to visitors. From Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. We have social d...
15/05/2021

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum will once again open to visitors. From Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
We have social distancing measures in place and a robust cleaning regime to keep everyone safe. Please be prepared to wear your face covering and you may need to queue at busy times. Image credit: Richard James Taylor

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum will once again open to visitors. From Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
We have social distancing measures in place and a robust cleaning regime to keep everyone safe. Please be prepared to wear your face covering and you may need to queue at busy times. Image credit: Richard James Taylor

We had a great morning on our MAYDAY MILE. A huge THANK YOU if you have already donated. If not, there's still time. Blo...
14/05/2021

We had a great morning on our MAYDAY MILE. A huge THANK YOU if you have already donated. If not, there's still time. Blogg Museum's Fundraising Page - https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/fundraising/blogg-museums-fundraising-page
In the photos are: Mike Keane, Mike Quenby, Alan Gepp, Jacqui Palmer, Rob the lifeguard and David Stubbs the lobster.Thanks to Monica Gepp who took most of the photos!

We're taking on the challenge and doing the MAYDAY MILE but in heritage style. We'll be donning heritage lifeboat kit an...
08/05/2021

We're taking on the challenge and doing the MAYDAY MILE but in heritage style. We'll be donning heritage lifeboat kit and taking in some of our favourite landmarks from lifeboat history in Cromer. We'll update you with photos along the way. Please donate what you can. https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/fundraising/blogg-museums-fundraising-page

We're taking on the challenge and doing the MAYDAY MILE but in heritage style. We'll be donning heritage lifeboat kit and taking in some of our favourite landmarks from lifeboat history in Cromer. We'll update you with photos along the way. Please donate what you can. https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/fundraising/blogg-museums-fundraising-page

01/05/2021

On this day in 1981 two crab fishermen were rescued by Cromer's Inshore Lifeboat (ILB). Their boat, George William, had been swamped and sunk off East Runton and the men thrown into the sea.

The ILB, crewed by Chris Craske, Frank Muirhead and helmsman Clive Rayment, launched in a force five to six wind and a moderate to rough sea.

The ILB had to negotiate shallow seas and breakers, as well as wreckage from the fishing boat, to reach the the two fishermen. One man was clinging to a lifebouy, and the other to a crab pot marker bouy. Both were pulled aboard and found to be suffering from hypothermia and were rushed back to Cromer beach and a waiting ambulance.

For this outstanding service, the Bronze Medal was awarded to Clive Rayment and medal service certificates were awarded to Frank Muirhead and Chris Craske.

The photograph shows the award ceremony. From left: Chris Craske, Dr. D. Vaughan (president of the Cromer branch), helmsman Clife Rayment and Frank Muirhead

At the Norfolk coast we can only keep people safe thanks to our amazing volunteers – and we'd love you to join us! Give ...
20/04/2021

At the Norfolk coast we can only keep people safe thanks to our amazing volunteers – and we'd love you to join us! Give some time to support your local RNLI Museum and shop in Cromer and you’ll play a crucial part in #SavingLivesAtSea. Message us or visit RNLI.org/volunteer.

At the Norfolk coast we can only keep people safe thanks to our amazing volunteers – and we'd love you to join us! Give some time to support your local RNLI Museum and shop in Cromer and you’ll play a crucial part in #SavingLivesAtSea. Message us or visit RNLI.org/volunteer.

We are looking forward to opening the museum shop next week on 14 April. We'll be open Wednesdays to Sundays 10 am to 5 ...
09/04/2021

We are looking forward to opening the museum shop next week on 14 April. We'll be open Wednesdays to Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. We have some lovely gifts, toys and cards. Every purchase helps to save lives at sea. The museum has to remain closed for now in line with government guidance.

We are looking forward to opening the museum shop next week on 14 April. We'll be open Wednesdays to Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. We have some lovely gifts, toys and cards. Every purchase helps to save lives at sea. The museum has to remain closed for now in line with government guidance.

Could you join the team?
22/02/2021
Bicentenary Community Coordinator

Could you join the team?

There are not many organisations that reach this milestone, let alone ones held so close to the heart of the nations they serve.  And our birthday brings a very special opportunity for our charity to become even more well known and supported in the future by celebrating, commemorating and inspiring...

17/02/2021

On this day in 1931, several Sheringham fishing boats got into difficulty in rough seas. Cromer lifeboat H.F. Bailey was launched at 3.20pm to assist Sheringham's private lifeboat, the Henry Ramey Upcher. While making for shore, one fishing boat, the Welcome Home. 200 yards from the beach, she was overturned and sank. The H.F. Bailey, being the closer of the two lifeboats went to assist. In the meantime, the motor fishing boat The Liberty tried to assist, but was driven ashore by the rough seas, endangering its crew of three. The Sheringham lifeboat rescued one man, while the Cromer boat rescued the other two, with bowman J.J. Davies leaping into the water to rescue one man, who was injured. Sadly this man died shortly after being returned to shore at Cromer. J.J. Davies was awarded the second service clasp to his Bronze Medal in recognition of his heroism.

The RNLI is planning for the summer and recruiting lifeguards. Please share and spread the word.
02/02/2021
Apply to be an RNLI lifeguard

The RNLI is planning for the summer and recruiting lifeguards. Please share and spread the word.

Love the beach? Make it your new office. Find out how you can get qualified and make a difference saving lives at sea.

09/01/2021
Louisa Heartwell returns to the RNLI

On 9 January 1917, Cromer lifeboat volunteers rescued 11 men from the steam ship 'Fernebo' after returning from rescuing the crew of the ‘Pyrin’. Henry Blogg was awarded his first gold medal, silver to William Davies and Stewart Holmes and the RNLI awarded the first ever bronze medals to the crew in response to their unwavering courage and physical endurance. Now the lifeboat used in the medal winning rescue has returned to the RNLI.
'Louisa Heartwell' was a pulling and sailing lifeboat and spent almost 30 years saving lives at Cromer. She was later sold and converted into a houseboat.
In 2020 the 118-year-old boat was carefully lifted out of the water and taken by road to the RNLI support centre in Poole. The heritage team are planning the next steps for this historically significant vessel.

We think Rev Peter Streete has the best Christmas jumper. Not only does it feature the full nativity on the front includ...
18/12/2020

We think Rev Peter Streete has the best Christmas jumper. Not only does it feature the full nativity on the front including shepherds, Mary, Joseph, a star and of course Jesus, but there's a host of angels on the sleeves. He gave us a twirl to reveal three wise men and a camel on the back!
All credit goes to his very talented wife who created the jumper.

Have you got a more Christmassy jumper? Share your photos of you in your jumper in the comments below.

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas from the Henry Blogg Museum

On this day in 1933, a dramatic rescue took place of two crewmembers of the Sepoy.  At first, it was up to the stand-by ...
13/12/2020

On this day in 1933, a dramatic rescue took place of two crewmembers of the Sepoy. At first, it was up to the stand-by rowing lifeboat Alexandra and a rocket team to try to save the day. Unfortunately, conditions provided to be to rough, and it was down to the motor lifeboat HF Bailey under Henry Blogg to save the two crew who were desperately clinging to the rigging.

We have in our collection this wooden carving of the rescue. We would like to know if anyone knew who carved it. The only clues we have are the initials 'DG' and that it was probably made in 1974. Any help gratefully received!

Ever wondered who looks after RNLI history and heritage? Archivist Hayley Whiting was recently interviewed about her rol...
09/12/2020

Ever wondered who looks after RNLI history and heritage? Archivist Hayley Whiting was recently interviewed about her role in the heritage team. It's an interesting peek behind the scenes.
https://maxcommunications.co.uk/hayley-whiting-royal-national-lifeboat-institution/

Ever wondered who looks after RNLI history and heritage? Archivist Hayley Whiting was recently interviewed about her role in the heritage team. It's an interesting peek behind the scenes.
https://maxcommunications.co.uk/hayley-whiting-royal-national-lifeboat-institution/

01/12/2020

Due to a change in government restrictions, the Henry Blogg Museum will be reopening from the 3rd to the 19th December. Our hours will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you.

On this Day in 1927, Henry Blogg and his crew rescued 15 crew from the Dutch oil tanker the SS Georgia. Here is a Pathe ...
22/11/2020
Heroes Of The Great Gale (1927)

On this Day in 1927, Henry Blogg and his crew rescued 15 crew from the Dutch oil tanker the SS Georgia. Here is a Pathe news reel taken after the event. Blogg would receive his second RNLI Gold medal, and the crew awarded bronze medals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imsY4amGtx0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2NlRuyJd3f6Ufl0cLpJUMxBxDFqcF3uGf_X9qVJ-y4g2a0EkwdzvRh_pU

Item title reads: "Heroes of The Great Gale. Tribute to gallant Crew of 13 lifeboat men - 6 of one family - who braved the elements continuously for 26 hours...

15/11/2020

Dr Paul Barclay was an extraordinary man who put others first. On 15 November 1973 he boarded the Cromer lifeboat to aid two injured men on the trawler Boston Jaguar. It took the lifeboat 2 hours to reach the vessel, battling against 20ft waves and Dr Barclay suffered from sea sickness. He and lifeboat crew Richard Davies managed a precarious crossing onto the trawler. Dr Barclay found one man dead as a result of a gas explosion, but he was able to help the second man with his injuries. They were both transfered by helicopter to hospital the following day. For his courage and selflessness Dr Barclay was awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal and Richard Davies and Coxswain Henry Davies received the 'Thanks of the Institution'.

Thank you so much to everyone who visited the museum in the short time we were open. We are now closed. If you haven't h...
03/11/2020

Thank you so much to everyone who visited the museum in the short time we were open. We are now closed. If you haven't had a chance to buy your Christmas cards you can still order online and support our life saving work. https://shop.rnli.org/collections/christmas-cards

Thank you so much to everyone who visited the museum in the short time we were open. We are now closed. If you haven't had a chance to buy your Christmas cards you can still order online and support our life saving work. https://shop.rnli.org/collections/christmas-cards

One of Henry Blogg's most famous rescues was to the merchant steamship English Trader, which ran aground on Hammond Knol...
26/10/2020

One of Henry Blogg's most famous rescues was to the merchant steamship English Trader, which ran aground on Hammond Knoll in the early hours on this day in 1941. The English Trader was caught in a strong ebb tide which stranded her on the Sandbank at around 1.45am. Both lifeboats were wrecked by the heavy and unpredictable seas, which would also claim five of the Trader’s crew. Henry Blogg was alerted at 8am and he and his crew reached the Trader at 11:35am. After a number of attempts by Blogg to get the H.F. Bailey alongside, the lifeboat was hit by a huge wave, knocking Blogg, Signalman Walter Allen, and three other crew members overboard. Control of the lifeboat was regained by the lifeboat men still on board and the crew were picked up, including an unconscious Walter Allen, who would sadly die shortly afterwards. After seven hours at sea, with the crew exhausted and unable to get alongside the Trader, Blogg decided to make for Great Yarmouth. Early the next morning, with the weather and seas still extremely rough, the H.F. Bailey made another attempt to rescue the English Trader’s crew, getting all 44 sailors off the wreck and returning to Gorleston. Blogg would earn his fourth silver medal for this rescue. We have recently been loaned this bell, salvaged from the wreck. We plan to have it on display soon. #onthisdayinhistory

One of Henry Blogg's most famous rescues was to the merchant steamship English Trader, which ran aground on Hammond Knoll in the early hours on this day in 1941. The English Trader was caught in a strong ebb tide which stranded her on the Sandbank at around 1.45am. Both lifeboats were wrecked by the heavy and unpredictable seas, which would also claim five of the Trader’s crew. Henry Blogg was alerted at 8am and he and his crew reached the Trader at 11:35am. After a number of attempts by Blogg to get the H.F. Bailey alongside, the lifeboat was hit by a huge wave, knocking Blogg, Signalman Walter Allen, and three other crew members overboard. Control of the lifeboat was regained by the lifeboat men still on board and the crew were picked up, including an unconscious Walter Allen, who would sadly die shortly afterwards. After seven hours at sea, with the crew exhausted and unable to get alongside the Trader, Blogg decided to make for Great Yarmouth. Early the next morning, with the weather and seas still extremely rough, the H.F. Bailey made another attempt to rescue the English Trader’s crew, getting all 44 sailors off the wreck and returning to Gorleston. Blogg would earn his fourth silver medal for this rescue. We have recently been loaned this bell, salvaged from the wreck. We plan to have it on display soon. #onthisdayinhistory

20/10/2020
We're open!

We are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm!
A huge 'Thnak you' to all our volunteers for making this possible!
Also thanks to SHARE Museums East for supporting us with a small grant to ensure we stay safe during the pandemic. We now have hand sanitisers, a one way system and a thorough cleaning regime to help you stay safe and enjoy your visit.
Please be aware that at busy times you may have to queue to enter.

We are working hard behind the scenes to try to reopen the museum as soon as possible. In the meantime, do you remember ...
18/09/2020

We are working hard behind the scenes to try to reopen the museum as soon as possible. In the meantime, do you remember visiting the museum before the Rocket House was built? This photo was taken in 1994 by Douglas “Nimbus” King when the historic lifeboat was in the No2 Boathouse.
Thanks to Neil King for allowing us to share it.

We are working hard behind the scenes to try to reopen the museum as soon as possible. In the meantime, do you remember visiting the museum before the Rocket House was built? This photo was taken in 1994 by Douglas “Nimbus” King when the historic lifeboat was in the No2 Boathouse.
Thanks to Neil King for allowing us to share it.

Today is Emergency Services Day. Thank you to all those who respond to  999 calls. You make a difference every day! #999...
09/09/2020

Today is Emergency Services Day. Thank you to all those who respond to 999 calls. You make a difference every day! #999Day

#onthisdayinhistoryOn 5 August 1941, a dramatic rescue took place, which was later portrayed in this 1961 boy’s comic, o...
06/08/2020

#onthisdayinhistory
On 5 August 1941, a dramatic rescue took place, which was later portrayed in this 1961 boy’s comic, of which the museum is proud to have a copy.
A convoy of merchant ships, escorted by naval craft, was making its way through a north-north-westerly gale, when six of the steamers ran aground on Haisborough Sands in the early hours of the morning. The lifeboat HF Bailey under Henry Blogg was launched and reached the scene an hour and forty minutes later.
With waves breaking over the stranded steamers, Blogg made first for the S.S. Oxshott, several times forcing the HF Bailey into a crack in the steamer’s hull to take off the 16 crew. Blogg then put the lifeboat alongside the second steamer, Gallois, whose crew either jumped or slid over on ropes. All 47 men were then transferred to a destroyer.
Blogg and the Cromer crew then rescued all 19 crew of the Deerwood by holding the lifeboat against the steamer’s bridge until all the men were taken on board, and then the 22 men of the Betty Hendly. Cromer’s No. 2 lifeboat Harriot Dixon and the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat Louise Stephens rescued the crews of the other steamers.
For this outstanding rescue Henry Blogg was awarded the second clasp to his gold medal.

17/07/2020
RNLI 'Saved by a Motor Lifeboat!' Silent Black and White Film celebrates 100th Anniversary

A silent film made in 1924 to celebrate 100 years of the RNLI. A real insight into the equipment and procedures then in use, including a new fangled state-of-the-art motor lifeboat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSK-T32L4SQ&app=desktop

A fascinating slice of RNLI history, ‘Saved by a motor lifeboat’ was produced in 1924 to celebrate the RNLI's centenary. This silent black and white film was...

Our RNLI Shop in Cromer is currently closed but you can still shop safely online. In these difficult times, your support...
24/06/2020
RNLI Shop | Lifesaving shopping

Our RNLI Shop in Cromer is currently closed but you can still shop safely online. In these difficult times, your support means more than ever.
Shop now at bit.ly/RNLI_Shop_Free_PnP and use code HENRY for free delivery. Please see bit.ly/RNLI_Shop_Terms for the terms of this promotion.

We have the perfect lifesaving gifts for you and your crew. And now you can order them online at shop.RNLI.org.

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The Rocket House, The Gangway
Cromer
NR27 9HE

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Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Hello. Thought you might be interested in this song inspired by the story of Henry Blogg. It's called The Lifeboatmen
Many thanks for the gift from Granny and Grandad after their enjoyable visit to you last week.
Visitors heading north might like to pop in & learn more about these wonderful garments - all welcome.
Hi Jacqui and team at the Museum. Many thanks for you assistance over the last few months helping us with the preparations for our Band music video which we shot in Cromer at the weekend (10/12/17) on a very wet and windy day which was actually just perfect for the song. Here is the final video of 'Tale of Louisa Heartwell'. A song about the rescue of crews Pyrin and Fernebo on 9th Jan 1917. I hope you like this and think its worthy to share on the national site. We even gave you a credit at the end....