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Exhibition shows power of sea

PUBLISHED: 16:37 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 July 2010

A NEW Great Yarmouth exhibition entitled Shipwreck - For Those in Peril will reveal the personal stories of people who have lived, worked and died on the East Anglian coast.

A NEW Great Yarmouth exhibition entitled Shipwreck - For Those in Peril will reveal the personal stories of people who have lived, worked and died on the East Anglian coast.

A spokeswoman said: “The Time and Tide Museum is playing host to this exhibition which highlights the fact that the east coast has always been one of the most dangerous for shipping in the whole of the British Isles.

“It explores how over the years, the people of the East Anglia have engaged with the overwhelming power of the sea. Experiences of grief and heroism, and the struggle to prevent disaster are recounted in the exhibition, together with examples of humanitarian cooperation and endeavours to come to terms with the aftermath of a loss at sea.”

Shipwreck includes a selection of art works and artefacts from the reserve collections of Great Yarmouth Museums.

There are paintings by William Joy, Joseph Nash and Henry Baines; photographs of survivors housed at the Shipwrecked Sailors' home; boat models including that of the Norfolk and Suffolk lifeboat built and designed by James Beeching and some rather bizarre items that sailors thought might protect them from drowning at sea.

The exhibition is organised by Maritime Heritage East, a “Renaissance in the Regions” funded initiative. The initiative aims to raise the profile of the rich maritime collections in the east of England and to develop local, regional and national partnerships, networks and initiatives.

The exhibition runs until September 28. Opening times are Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm. Admission: adult £5, Conc. £4.25, Young Person (four-16) £4.15

For further information telephone 01493 743930 or visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

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