The much-anticipated £15 million SeaCity Titanic museum has opened in Southampton, exactly 100 years after the ship first set sail from the city's docks on its first and only voyage.
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William and Henry Ward, aged eight and six, cut the ribbon. The boys are the great grandchildren of George Kemish, a member of the crew aboard the Titanic who was lucky enough to survive the tragedy.
Six hundred Southampton schoolchildren joined the boys to take part in a procession which marched from the Titanic Engineers’ Memorial to the new museum, carrying placards representing the crew members from the city.
Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, the city’s mayor and the leader of the council were also in attendance.
“The museum tells the story of the Titanic through people’s stories, and makes sure that these are kept for the future,” said Cracknell, who has rowed the Atlantic himself.
As well as exploring the experience of Southampton’s crew on the Titanic and the impact the tragedy had on families in the city, SeaCity Museum also features other maritime-led exhibitions looking at the people who have arrived and departed in the city since pre-historic times.
“The opening is a proud moment for Southampton,” said Mike Harris, the Senior Manager for Leisure and Culture at the City Council.
“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into every stage of the museum’s creation, and to have finally reached the point where we can open the doors to visitors is a great achievement.’’
- Open 10am-5pm (closed December 25-26, January 1). Admission £8.50/£6 (free for under-5s).