The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade has been rescuing those in peril off the North East coast since 1864, from its watch house on the Spanish Battery, at the mouth of the River Tyne. Through the selfless heroics of its volunteers, many lives have been saved, and there are many stories to tell, rescued and saved in the TVLB’s beautiful museum. Newcastle has a rich seafaring history, and a time-honoured relationship with the sea, the tide, and the river that runs through it.
Who better to explore those stories, sharing them through art and music, than a group of local Year 7 school children? Together with three brass musicians, the group spend 5 days at the TVLB’s Watch House Museum, looking back through the stories of Newcastle’s past, and out across the North Sea, for tales to tell in a public performance at the end of the week.