A £400,000 fundraising appeal will be launched by trustees of Hoylake’s new lifeboat museum this week.
The museum is being developed at the former RNLI station on the promenade after a long-running campaign led by lifeboat enthusiast John Parr.
It is hoped the museum will welcome its first visitors in August but trustees say they need to raise the sum to preserve and restore the Victorian boathouse to its former glory and develop facilities for visitors.
The launch meeting for the appeal will take place at Melrose Hall on Melrose Avenue on Friday (June 24), with an informal drop-in session from 4pm.
There will be film showings throughout the afternoon, talks and a presentation at 7pm.
Mr Parr said: “The museum intends ultimately to be financially self-supporting and will be seeking some grant funding.
“However, developing the facilities and both restoring and adding to the historic lifeboat collection is expected to cost around £400,000.”
Phase one of the museum’s development will see a cafeteria and toilets built within the former tractor station.
The trustees say the money would allow them to:
Restore the Victorian appearance of the 1899 boathouse, reinstating the “battlement” roof line and look-out tower.
Complete adaptations so that the museum offers full disabled access and is family-friendly
Construct a Victorian lifeboat carriage for the 110 year-old Chapman lifeboat, which has already been restored for display
Complete the restoration of the Thomas Corbett, providing training programmes for young people.
Reintroduce a sun terrace with tables and chairs alongside the Museum where a Victorian pavilion once stood.
Purchase and sail a third historic lifeboat for day trips and seamanship training.
Mr Parr added: “The cultural, educational and economic opportunity the museum represents is considerable.”