The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) 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 share, rescued and saved in the TVLB’s beautiful museum.
Over an intensive week of workshops, students explore these stories together with musicians and historians. Based at the TVLB for the entire project, students are able to see, touch and smell the region’s maritime history for themselves. Together they look back through the stories of Newcastle’s past, and out across the North Sea, and discover tales of local lives, which they develop into a multi-media performance, presented to school staff, family and friends at the end of their time at the TVLB.