Titanic - Honour And Glory At Gosport Discovery Centre

By Culture24 Staff | 12 September 2008
a popcket watch showing the time 27 minutes past two

Titanic Watch - the pocket watch stopped as it entered the frigid cold water of the North Atlantic ocean ninety-six years ago. Courtesy of Titanic Honour & Glory - The national touring Titanic and White Star Line exhibition.

Exhibition preview - Titanic Honour and Glory at Gosport Discovery Centre until Saturday October 11 2008.

Gosport Discovery Centre is inviting members of the public to embark on a voyage of discovery into the legendary story of the R.M.S. Titanic.

Their new exhibition features many rare and previously unseen artefacts from both Titanic’s passengers and her crew who travelled on the fateful maiden voyage in April 1912.

Titanic has become one of the world’s most famous ships since she set sail from Southampton over 96 years ago and many people who live in Hampshire had relatives who travelled on the ship.

Titanic Honour and Glory brings to life some of their stories as well as the sights that were encountered by the people who sailed on the ill-fated liner many years ago.

a photograph of an old teddy bear

Steiff Bear - William Young Moyes' good luck charm. Courtesy of Titanic Honour & Glory - The national touring Titanic and White Star Line exhibition.

The exhibtion has been put together from the collection of Sean Szmalc and Margot Corson. Sean’s fascination began when he was five years old after viewing the film ‘A Night to Remember’. Sean and Margot have collected artefacts for the past 20 years.

Among the many fascinating items featured are beautiful china dinner plates that served the first meals onboard the ill-fated ship and a Steiff bear that belonged to William Moyes, senior sixth engineer, as a good luck charm.

There is also the chance to view a poignant pocket watch that stopped as it entered the freezing water at 2.28am, 96 years ago as the Titanic sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

Items like a silver sugar dish from the Titanic’s first class dinning room reveal the opulence of the great White Star liner whilst a magnificent solid silver cup, which was presented to Titanic’s Captain, Edward John Smith, reveals the long and distinguished career of the captain during 25 years faithful service to the White Star Line.

a photograph of a diamond necklace with heart shaped purple stone pendant

Heart of the ocean necklace worn by leading actress Kate Winslet in the movie Titanic. Courtesy of Titanic Honour & Glory, the national touring Titanic and White Star Line exhibition.

Visitors can also be Kate Winslet for the day as the Gosport Gallery plays host to one of the most famous props in movie history, the dazzling ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace, worn by Kate in the Oscar winning movie Titanic.

For those who are real movie fanatics, there is also the chance to have their photograph taken wearing the necklace on October 11 between 10am and 3pm (£5 per photo) . Visitors will also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a replica of the necklace (£1 a ticket).

Titanic Honour and Glory is a touring exhibition and will be visiting Hampshire County Council’s Milestones Museum from October 25 2008 to February 22 2009.

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