Coastal rescue service since 1864
Your support allows us to provide a life saving coastal rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A unique collection of artefacts that recreate the dramatic history of the TVLB and our coastal rescues from our formation in 1864
Visit our free to enter, Watchouse museum which stands proudly overlooking the mouth of the Tyne.


On Call 24/7 : 365 Days of the year : Whatever the weather

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is a voluntary shore based coastal rescue service founded in 1864. We are a Declared Facility to HM Coastguard for Rope Rescue, Water Rescue, Coastal Search and Rescue and also have advanced first aid capabilities.


As a registered charity the brigade is entirely funded by donations, grants and fundraising activities and run entirely by non-paid volunteers. As well as the volunteer rescue team there is also a dedicated volunteer support team including directors, fundraisers, museum guides and friends of the TVLB who give their time, money and commitment to support the brigade.

The Watch House Museum

The Museum displays artefacts, pictures and relics from old shipwrecks chronicling the history of lifesaving on our coastline since 1864. Click on the link below for more information and opening times.

Latest news

Rope Operator AssessmentWell done to our trainees Heather, Marc & Ross for passing their rope rescue operator assessment this morning. This role requires learning a new technical skillset enabling these trainees to set up, assess and control cliff top rope systems during a real-time rescue. Months of study, training and practice has allowed these three to complete and be signed off as operators by our team rope rescue trainer Alpha 1 🙌Great job team and good work! #searchandrescue#SAR#ropeoperator#teamwork#charity#tynemouth➰️🪢🪢➰️🧗‍♀️ See MoreSee Less
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Watch House Museum recognised for outstanding offering to visitors The Brigade has recently been notified by TripAdvisor that we have been declared a 2022 Travelers’ Choice award winner for consistently delivering great service. The award celebrates businesses and tourist destinations that have received great traveler reviews from visitors around the globe on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months.Our museum offering is led by Dave Bell and Dave Graham, who are respectively our Watch House and Assistant Watch House Directors. With support from volunteers in our Watch House team they have recently enhanced the visitor experience by creating a new exhibit on our south tower 1st floor which recreates the scene on a ship’s bridge – with controls and audio visual displays to really help capture the imagination. Our volunteers also provide guided tours and talks throughout the year – welcoming groups of two to 100 and catering to all age ranges. Dave Graham, who leads on organising Watch House visits, commented that ‘As challenging as the past year was, the Watch House Museum stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to its visitors, especially school groups and guided tours. I really enjoy the buzz and first impressions you get when visitors enter the museum for the first time and it’s great to able to share the local stories of maritime rescue, ingenuity and triumph.’‘Congratulations to the 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Winners,’ said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor. ‘The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests. Ranking among the Travelers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or outstanding volunteers, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travelers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.’The Brigade is very proud of the recognition our Watch House Team have rightfully received for the excellent volunteering they have carried out in showcasing our fabulous home.If you would like to arrange a visit and tour of the museum then please e-mail watchhouse@tvlb.org. See MoreSee Less
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our history

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) is the oldest and one of only 3 remaining active Volunteer Life Brigades in the UK. The TVLB was formed following the tragic loss of 32 souls from the stricken ships of the S.S.Stanley and the schooner Friendship on 24th November 1864 at the Black Middens rocks at Tynemouth.