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Titanic exhibition launches at Havering Museum

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:45 12 April 2018

Opening of the Titanic exhibition at the Havering Museum. Picture: Melissa Page

Opening of the Titanic exhibition at the Havering Museum. Picture: Melissa Page

Melissa Page

More than 100 years ago, 1,503 people died as the Titanic - the "unsinkable" ship - hit an iceberg and plummeted to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Now, in honour of what happened and all those who lost their lives, the Titanic: Honour and Glory exhibition is touring around the UK and has stopped in Romford, where it will take up residency at Havering Museum, High Street, for the next five months.

The exhibition was launched at the weekend where it was officially opened by Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende.

“It is such a privilege to have the Titanic: Honour & Glory exhibition here in our borough, thanks to Havering Museum and it’s sponsors”, she said.

“I have had a sneak preview and I can say you will be amazed, there are wonderful artefacts and stories from local people, which tells the story of the disaster.”

The exhibition tells the tragic story of the Titanic through artefacts which range from china which was on the sea trials, other identical artefacts from the sister ships, personal items from survivors as well as the iconic James Cameron film.

There are more than 200 items which include original artefacts like the deck bench from the Olypmic and a dinning room panel from the HMHS Britannic.

All three ships of the White Star Line, Titanic, Olympic and Britannic, had identical interiors, fixtures and fittings.

An original costume worn by Kate Winslet in the film is also featured among other costumes and film memorabilia.

Inspirational, tragic and heroic local stories are highlighted, including the loss of Frank and George Painter who were firemen that stayed to carry on shovelling coal into the furnaces so that the ship could still have electricity.

Their relative Paul Garland shared their story with the museum.

Director of the museum Ellen Owen said: “This is a potent and tragic story of the Titanic, its passengers, crew and rescuers.

“We need to continue to share the facts so that these people live on in our memories and their stories are passed to generation to generation.”

The exhibition will run from April 7 to September 1.

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