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Peter N Davies Seminar 2023

Posted: Wednesday 4th October 2023

Peter N Davies Seminar 2023

Date: 1 November 2023

Weathering the Storms: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), 1849 – 1897

By Dr Sam Jones

Despite its auspicious beginnings in 1824 when it raised £10,000 in its first year, by 1849 the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) had an income of just £354 and less than 20 lifeboats, many of which were literally rotting away around the coast. By 1897, however, the RNLI had almost 300 well maintained lifeboats encircling Britain and Ireland and an annual income of £60,000. With the RNLI on the cusp of its bicentenary in 2024, this seminar will explore this pivotal period in the charity’s organisational development through the prism of two events: the RNLI’s receipt of a 
government subsidy between 1854 and 1869 and a Parliamentary inquiry into its management and operations in 1897, neither of which have received significant attention in either the RNLI’s own historiography or the wider literature on nineteenth century charity and philanthropy and maritime safety reform.


Online and In Person at John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Mount Pleasant, L3 5UZ

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