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Exhibitions at Cork Public Museum 2006

Lifeboat
21 April – 27 May

A production called Lifeboat was performed in the Opera House. The story concerns a ship called the City of Bernares. On Friday 13 September 1940 it set sail from Liverpool destined for Canada. On board were ninety young evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war-torn Britain. Four days into the crossing the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive.

Directed by Belinda Wild, Designed by Olan Wrynn and Written by Nicola McCartney

In conjunction with this play the Cork Public Museum put on an exhibition of World War II memorabilia at the Opera House. The items came from Cork Public Museum and from Collins Barracks Museum, Cork. The display included ration books, recruitment posters, prisoner of war letters, tins of rations, photographs, helmets and gas masks.

Exhibition of World War II Memorabilia

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