A MAJOR exhibition on the Titanic which The Times voted as one of the top five in the country, has opened at the Museum.
‘Titanic Honour and Glory’ has never been seen in the Borders and is expected to draw crowds from much further afield, having already been visited in other parts of the country by over half a million people.
The exhibition, part of the Titanic centenary tour in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, features many rare and previously unseen artefacts from the liner’s passengers and crew. These include the beautiful china dinner plates, which served the first meals aboard the Titanic. Also on show will be a fountain pen, which belonged to the captain of the Titanic, and visitors will be able to see a beautiful 18 carat gold pocket watch which belonged to one of the waiters, Vincenzo Gilardino. Together with the artefacts, the exhibition will incorporate examples of the luxurious interiors of sister ships, Olympic and Britannic, as well as props and costumes from James Cameron’s film, ‘Titanic’.
SBC’s Executive Member for Culture, Sport and Community Learning, Councillor Graham Garvie added: “We are absolutely delighted to host this exhibition. It is definitely one of the highlights of the museum calendar and I would encourage local residents and visitors to go along and admire this fascinating and unique collection.” It will also be possible to discover and experience history through personal stories and see what it would have been like to have travelled on board through a faithfully recreated two berth third class cabin from Titanic’s ‘F’ Deck, which would have been one of the first areas to have flooded after the collision with the iceberg on Sunday April 14 1912. The exhibition is on until May 22. Admission is free. Open: March - Mon-Fri 12-3pm, Sun 1-3pm; April & May - Mon-Fri 10-12am & 1-5pm, Sat & Sun 2-5pm.