HOYLAKE Lifeboat museum volunteers sent out an urgent appeal for support tonight (Friday) – claiming they had been given six weeks to leave the former lifeboat station.
Trustees have organised an extraordinary general meeting on Friday, March 23 to discuss the way forward for the museum.
It starts at 7.30pm at Melrose Hall, Melrose Avenue, Hoylake.
The museum opened last August after a long-running campaign to secure the building.
In an e-mail to supporters museum chairman John Parr said: “We apologise for the short notice but the continuation of Hoylake Lifeboat Museum in the former Victorian lifeboat station has come under threat.
"We need to draw on the support of the community, friends and supporters as never before if we are to secure the future of the museum buildings and collection.
“The trustees and committee members remain positive and determined.”
The owners of the building could not be contacted for a comment tonight.
The RNLI moved out after 110 years in November 2008 when a new custom-built lifeboat station was opened 500 yards away.
In June last year museum trustees launched a £400,000 fundraising appeal to preserve and restore the boathouse to its former glory and develop facilities for visitors.
Exhibits include the former Hilbre Island lifeboat Chapman and the Thomas Corbett, a Hoylake lifeboat in the 1970s.