Longhope Lifeboat Museum

The Longhope lifeboat Museum is a unique heritage asset. The museum and its contents survive intact from the period when it was operated by the RNLI. It houses the only seaworthy vintage slipway launched lifeboat in the UK. The museum periodically launches the lifeboat as a public demonstration, providing a unique opportunity to witness the heritage in action.

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The tragic events of 1969 where the crew were lost at sea. This event led to the development of self-righting lifeboats which gives the museum special significance and makes it of national importance.

The museum sites on a timber lattice structure in the sea, off the coast of the Orkney Isles. The building fabric has to withstand one of the most aggressive marine environments in the world.

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Longhope Lifeboat Museum conservation repairs in marine environment MAAC Studio

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MAAC Studio were commissioned to prepare a conservation report and detailed schedule of repairs for the museum.

We also advised on adaptations to ensure that it continues to offer visitors a great experience that enables them to be inspired by the history of this remarkable place and the lifeboat crews that operated from this site..

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MAAC studio are accredited conservation architects and principal designers working with traditional buildings throughout Scotland. 

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