09 July 2016 -
www.GraceDarling.co.uk becomes the world's number one online resource !
We are very proud to announce that we have now had over 500,000 page views since 2011. It seems
the story does indeed still have a resonance with a wide audience today. We must thank all those
institutions, schools, interest groups, historical and educational sites, and many individuals
who have linked to the site and supported our research.
Many thanks indeed.
9 October 2012 -
A SONG FOR GRACE - Competition Winners.
Over the last few weeks dozens of new songs inspired by the North East heroine Grace Darling have been pouring in to the Woodhorn museum in Northumberland. The songs from writers all over the country were entries into a special competition organised by the museum and archive and linked to the new play Amazing Grace by Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.
24 July 2013
CAROL SMITHARD UK WALK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE 175TH ANNIVERSARY
On the 10th of August 2013 Carol will be embarking on a Wee Walk of the UK in support of the inspiring work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The Challenge is to walk the full length of the UK, not only Lands End to John O’Groats, but to continue across Orkney and Shetland. Enroute she will be visiting 43 RNLI stations and climbing the highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis).
All funds raised will be donated to the RNLI, who are raising funds to mark the 175th anniversary of Grace Darling's famous rescue. This money is to be used for training, kit and equipment for the RNLI’s courageous volunteers. Her personal target is to raise £20,000 for their cause.
Please support Carol on her Wee Walk and help raise as much money for this worthy cause as possible. Please remember to add Gift Aid if you are able!
More info here: http://www.facebook.com/carolsweewalk & http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/carolsweewalk
24th November 1815. Birthday of Grace Darling.
2015 marks 200 years since the birth of Grace Darling.
www.GraceDarling.co.uk will continue raising awareness and promoting
the story of Grace during this bi-centenary year. We hope the event
will receive the media coverage it deserves.
23 January 2015
Grace on BBC2
“I am humbled by the courage of a Victorian heroine”
(Michael Portillo’s programme introduction)
Michael Portillo’s latest ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ television series featured Grace Darling, with reference to www.gracedarling.co.uk Broadcast on BBC2 on 23 January, Portillo travelled by boat from Seahouses to Longstone Lighthouse to learn about the famous rescue by Grace and her father in 1838 that sent the name “Grace Darling, heroine” around the world. Boundless Productions, part of Freemantle Media Ltd, produced the programme last summer, using this website to research the story for which we were credited at the end of the programme.
Like all ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ programmes this will ultimately be broadcast many times, in many different countries. We are pleased to have played a part in spreading the story of Grace Darling to a wide audience.
24 November 2015
BI-CENTENARY OF GRACE DARLING’S BIRTH
In November www.gracedarling.co.uk visited Bamburgh on the occasion of
the bi-centenary of the birth of Grace Darling.
On 24 November 1815 Grace was born in her grandfather’s small cottage opposite St Aidan’s Church. Two hundred years later to the day Christine Bell from the Grace Darling Memorial Trust met with us at the memorial in St Aidan’s churchyard and laid a lovely floral arrangement on behalf of the Trust.
09 August 2016
The Life of Grace Darling (Illustrated)
It's been two long years in development but we are now thrilled to be able to announce the publication of our own
ground-breaking book about Grace! Why ground-breaking? It features 28 full page original watercolours painted by a post-graduate of Goldsmith's College who also happens to be a descendant of the Darling family. The book also covers areas of the story far beyond the famous sea rescue.
The First Edition is a special limited print run of just 250 copies, The book is now available direct from
Please click on the link or the picture above for more details.