Seaham Lifeboat House
Front of the whole site before restoration
- Front of the whole site before restoration
- Front of the Lifeboat House before it was restored
- Fishermans Hut before it was demolished and rebuilt
- The state of the roof prior to it being replaced
- Works starts on site
- Lime pointing training for staff and volunteers
- Front of the building following restoration
- Interior and viewing platform before the lifeboat returns
- George Elmy returns on 23-06-2013
- Celebrating the completion with partners and funders
We have worked with the East Durham Heritage Group and Durham County Council’s Community Economic Development department to restore the mid 19th century lifeboat building at North Dock, Seaham.
The Lifeboat house was in very poor condition. It was not watertight. Some of the structure and the main doors were rotting, In the past the building had been unsympathetically rendered with concrete. All in all it and the adjacent Fisherman’s and Trimmers’ Huts were not in a good condition.
The Trimmer’s Hut and Fisherman’s hut were taken down. A new display space was built adjacent to the Lifeboat House. The concrete render was removed and the structure was repointed with Lime (this was used as a training opportunity for staff and volunteers). The windows and doors were refurbished and the roof was replaced. A new set of glass doors was installed inside the Lifeboat House so that the wooden doors could be open and the Lifeboat could be seen by the public outside, whilst remaining protected from the weather.
The building is now the home of the East Durham Heritage Group. They are using it to display the George Elmy lifeboat, which they restored, 50 years after it sank at Seaham in a disaster in November 1962.
You can find details of the restoration on the East Durham Heritage Group’s website. The Lifeboat House is open to visitors Thursday to Sunday each week between 10am and 3pm. You can contact the Group on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org