National Historic Ships Virtual Flagship of the Year: LV50

June 2021

Friends of LV50 Win National Historic Ships UK 2021 Virtual Flagship of the Year Award!

National Historic Ships UK have awarded LV50 the status  of ‘Virtual Flagship of the Year’ in recognition of their creativity and resilience in promoting continued online engagement with the vessel during the Covid-19 lockdown.

LV50 is a rare Victorian wooden lightship (the only one open to the general public). Constructed in 1879 for Trinity House, she saw service off the South and East coast of England from 1879 through to 1952 when she was purchased by the RNYC and has been moored in South Harbour, Blyth since then.

The Friends of LV50, an independent constituted group, was established to promote understanding, discovery, and communication of the heritage of LV50.

The Friends engage mainly with two groups of people; an older age general public (through a series of open days and lectures) and a younger age group through school visits. Since 2018 they have participated with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project hosted by The Port of Blyth catering for South East Northumberland school children (one of the most deprived areas of Northumberland). Through this outreach they welcomed school groups onboard using the unique atmosphere, ambience and intrinsic functionality of the vessel to promote learning.

The COVID 19 pandemic stopped these activities and forced them to rethink our strategy. This led to a decision to develop an enhanced online presence to better support the community and local schools.

Their approach to reconnecting with interested visitors has been to develop a “virtual tour” of LV 50 in her setting within the historic South Harbour.

The Website for the Friends of LV 50 can be found here

The primary school learning resources can be viewed here.

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