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Every household in Southampton will be given a free group ticket worth up to £25 to visit the city’s SeaCity Museum – Britain’s most exciting new Titanic attraction.
SeaCity Museum, primed as one of the leading maritime tourist destinations in the UK, will open to the public on 10 April – 100 years after RMS Titanic departed Southampton docks for her first and only voyage.
Southampton City Council has decided to provide every household in Southampton with a group ticket worth up to £25.
In the next few weeks the council will write to every household in Southampton to explain to residents how they can redeem and use their tickets.
Councillor John Hannides, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, said: “This is a fantastic project and will put Southampton firmly in the national spotlight, attracting tens of thousands of people from around the world to our city."
SeaCity Museum will tell the largely untold and fascinating story of Southampton’s crew and the impact the tragedy had on families in the city. The impact of the tragedy was felt no more so than in Southampton. Most of the crew of the Titanic lived in the city and more than 500 households in Southampton lost at least one family member.
In total 538 Southampton crew members lost their lives.
SeaCity Museum will also feature other major maritime led exhibitions, telling the stories of people who have arrived and departed in the city since pre-historic times.
Cllr Royston Smith, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “SeaCity Museum will be one of the leading maritime destinations in the country and the largest Titanic Exhibition in Great Britain. It will be a significant boost to the economy, create new jobs and attract new investment to the city. But those things aside it will tell Southampton’s tragic role in one of the world’s most famous and most tragic events.
“It is right that this story will now be told to a world-wide audience and it is right that our residents, many of whom lost ancestors on the ship, get to enjoy this world-class attraction for free.”