Havering Museum appeals for those with connection to Titanic as exhibition comes to borough

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 October 2017

Museum director Ellen Owen and Irene Briscoe whose grandmother was on board the Titanic. Picture: Havering Museum

Museum director Ellen Owen and Irene Briscoe whose grandmother was on board the Titanic. Picture: Havering Museum

Havering Museum

An appeal for anyone with a connection to the Titanic, the world’s most famous ship, to share their ancestors’ stories, is being made prior to an exhibition coming to the borough.

Havering Museum, High Street, Romford, is proud to welcome the Titanic: Honour and Glory exhibition which will be coming down from Scotland next year for five months.

The exhibition will not only have original artefacts from the Titanic, like the stewards tunic and the watch which stopped when it hit the water but also film props and we include stories from people in Havering.

An event to gather any stories and identify anyone living in the area who may be Titanic descendants was held at the weekend.

One resident who attended the day was Irene Briscoe whose grandmother Kate Buss was on board the ship in 1912.

She said: “I remember a few stories when I was very young told by my granny and it wasn’t until I was doing my family history, a few years ago, I discovered that these vague stories of the Titanic were true.

“That is when I decided to captured her story and gather documents.”

Museum director Ellen Owen said: “It was wonderful to meet Irene and listen to Kate Buss’ story. Her story will now become part of the exhibition which will feature the local connection to the Titanic.”

On the day, David Lawrence who has his own Titanic collection, also went along and after listening to Irene’s grandmother’s story, he said he met a woman called Marian Wright years ago and had a postcard from her among the artefacts.

To both of their surprise, it turned out that Marian shared the same cabinet on the ship as Irene’s nan.

“What a coincidence it was!”, Ellen said.

The exhibition is able to come down to Havering thanks to sponsors Mullis & Peake solicitors, accountants Kingston Smith and Clemence Hoar Cummings and the Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Titanic: Honour and Glory exhibition will run from April 7 - September 1.

If you have a connection to the ship or related artefacts contact Ellen Owen, or call 01708 766571.

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