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A fascinating archive of photographs and relics from the Titanic Story are coming soon to The Bargate Centre in Southampton.
Roger Hardingham and Glen Gardner have arranged for the award-winning display to be held in a unit in The Bargate shopping centre close to the ancient Bargate monument right in the centre of the city. To be opened on Friday 16th April, 'Titanic Honour & Glory' will tell the story of Titanic and the events 98 years ago. "Southampton was at the heart of the story", says Roger who with his co-project director Glen, are looking to bring a much larger ocean liner display to the waterfront area in the coming months. This will be the Southampton Ocean Liner Experience which will also feature a permanent display about the Titanic Story.
Added to this wonderful exhibition in The Bargate Centre, the display will include the necklace and dresses worn by Kate Winslet and costumes for Leonardo Decaprio from the James Cameron film 'Titanic'. But to see you you will need to be early, as these latter exhibits will be going on a european tour in late April, so if you want to have your photo taken with Kate Winslet's necklace on, you need to go along before the end of April.
Hundreds of items of memorabilia and relics from the crew and passengers will be on display including a pocket watch which belonged to First Class waiter Vincenzo Gilardino, postcards and letters written on board, launch ticket from Belfast, silver cup presented to Captain Smith by the White Star Line to mark his 25th year with the comapny and his service with the White Star Line, the pocket watch stopped as it entered the frigid cold water of the North Atlantic ocean ninety-eight years ago, newspapers with headlines of the tragedy, and much more. Other White Star liner items will be on show with dozens of items of chinaware and silverware. Carved Oak mouldings and an external deck door from the Olympic plus items from the Britannic will enhance a mouth watering display about these famous great liners. Chinaware and silverware will illustrate a way of life on these luxury ships. Several models of the Titanic will be on view, one showing the stern of the vessel as it lies on the bed of the north Atlantic.
Added to the exhibition will be a series of walks from the exhibition around the main sites in Southampton associated with the Titanic Story. These will be handled by the Southampton Tourist Guides Association and will attract a supplement of £3 per person. "A great attraction for all the family in the build-up to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy in 2012".
'Titanic Honour & Glory' will be at The Bargate Shopping Centre from 16th April and will be open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through to Sundays. Admission is just £4 for adults and £2.50 for children 15 and under. Under 5s go free. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children is £13, with some other concessions available.