Tragic tale of Titanic is dropping anchor in Great Yarmouth
PUBLISHED: 13:28 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 10 March 2017
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It is perhaps the most famous ship that ever took to the seas.
A now the ill-fated Titanic is set to dock in Great Yarmouth in the form of an exhibition at the Time and Tide Museum next month just as the epic disaster movie it inspired celebrates 20 years.
Featuring props from the James Cameron tearjerker as well as artefacts from the tragic liner, Titanic - Honour and Glory is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the White Star Line and its fleet.
In 1997 cinema goers came to love the tale through the romance of Jack and Rose, boosting the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
The exhibition is accompanied by a separate loan of a pocket watch from the Titanic which is being arranged with Royal Museum’s Greenwich as part of the HLF-funded Endeavour Partnership.
The watch belonged to Robert Douglas Norman who perished in the Titanic disaster on the morning of April 15, 1912, stopping as the ship went down never to mark time again.
Supplementary Titanic-related items will be sourced by the Norfolk Museums Service collections for a small exhibition and interactive area to highlight and promote the unique timepiece which will be on show at the same time as the main Titanic exhibition.
Exhibition co-ordinator Alison Fisher said the items came from a private lender based in Scotland and featured rare and previously unseen artefacts including chinaware and luxurious fittings from the Olympic and Britannic, sister ships to the Titanic.
The Titanic exhibition will take up two galleries at the Time and Tide Museum and runs from April 1 to September 2017.
Titanic - Honour and Glory began its UK tour in 2002 and since then has been visited by more than two million people.
A statement from the exhibition organisers said: “At each of its participating venues visitor numbers continue to be phenomenal.
“As a result Titanic Honour and Glory continues to break visitor attendance figures, setting new records for each venue hosting this very popular exhibition.”
The Titanic was claimed by its builders to be ‘practically unsinkable’, but that proved fatally untrue, with more than 1,500 crew and passengers losing their lives on that fateful day in 1912.