This winter The Old Coastguard in Mousehole will play host to an exhibition of images by photographer and RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member Nigel Millard, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
The exhibition opens to the public on 8th December 2013. The photographs form part of a free-to-view, national touring exhibition The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts, which is visiting major cities across the UK and Ireland for five months.
This exhibition at The Old Coastguard coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Mousehole Harbour Lights, which are dimmed each year on 19th December in remembrance of the Penlee disaster of 1981.
The exhibition closes on 4th March, the 190th birthday of the RNLI. A proportion of the proceeds from photograph and book sales alike will go to the RNLI.
The 40 or so pictures are limited edition prints, featuring images taken all around the coasts of the UK and ROI over the past three years. They include portraits of RNLI lifeboat crew members, lifeguards, fundraisers and shots of lifeboats battling rough seas. The photos will be available for sale as will the accompanying book of the same name, written by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones and with the foreword by HRH Duke of Cambridge.
This is the second annual exhibition to be held at the hotel which is owned jointly by EATDRINKSLEEP (also of The Gurnard’s Head and The Felin Fach Griffin) and the Tresco Estate. Last year’s exhibition saw a collection of portraits of great British chefs painted by local artist, Henrietta Graham. The Old Coastguard is a fourteen bedroom inn overlooking the rocks above Mousehole. It was the Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub of the Year for Cornwall in 2013.
Looking forward to December, Nigel Millard said: “Penlee has a real soft spot in everyone’s heart within the RNLI, it seems only appropriate to bring an exhibition of this sort to the village of Mousehole. By doing so we would hope to raise even more awareness and funds for the RNLI.”
Owner, Charles Inkin, said, “It’s difficult to think of an organisation which is more significant to this part of the world than the RNLI. To host a showing of Nigel’s photographs is a real thrill for us and we hope our guests will support the exhibition and contribute to the extraordinary work of the RNLI”.
The exhibition will be free-of-charge and open to the public from 8th December through until 4th March. The Old Coastguard is open from 9.30am every day. Lunch is served from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and supper from 6.30pm – 9.00pm.