Essential structural building working will be carried out to restore an historic borough Watchhouse.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) has been awarded a £245,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the Watchhouse headquarters and encourage people to become coastal rescue volunteers.
The grant will pay for structural building work to ensure the survival of the Watchhouse and the museum for many years to come.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was founded in 1864 and was the first in the country to provide sea rescue facilities on a voluntary basis.
This year the TVLB commemorates its 150th anniversary with many exciting activities that will encourage more visitors to the distinctive Grade 11 listed building looking out over the entrance to the Tyne and remind the local community of the exceptional work the TVLB do.
The project, together with the funding from the HLF, will help to raise the Brigade’s profile, enhance its visitor experience in the museum and expand its volunteer base, community events and outreach work, including accommodating an increase in school visits.
Peter Lilley, Captain at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, said: “It was nearly 20 years ago that the Brigade first started to look at ways of restoring the building and there have been many ups and downs along the way to achieving this grant.
“We are all overjoyed at the prospect that our ‘home’ will receive the care and attention it needs to ensure the building remains in use for many years to come and to allow us to greatly enhance the visitor experience we can offer.”