Grangemouth becomes permanent home to Titanic exhibition and museum
Although the norm these days seems to be the spotting of yet another museum or collection closing, I’m pleased to say I spotted a news item which announced the opening of a permanent museum in Grangemouth, dedicated to the liner Titanic.
Having been in existence since 2002 as a travelling museum, Titanic Honour and Glory has now opened the doors of it new and permanent home in Grangemouth to the public, in an event which took place on Saturday, 16 February, 2013.
You can view a video report on the opening by clicking here.
The Titanic Honour and Glory Museum is owned and operated by Titanic Honour and Glory exhibitions, and was opened by Christine Bole, whose uncle, William Young Moyes, was a member of the crew which was lost on the liner’s maiden voyage.
The small taster image is a US PD image, described as being of the RMS Titanic departing Southampton on 10, April, 1912. At 11.40 pm on 14, April, 1912, the ocean liner struck an iceberg. Two hours and 40 minutes later she sank deep into the freezing Atlantic waters. Less than a third of the people on board survived.
The museum’s web site provides further details:
Moyes, an engineer from Stirling, was just 23 when he died. One of the objects in the museum is a teddy bear which he took with him on Titanic’s sea trials before giving it to his sister shortly before he left on Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton.
Christine Bole said: “She treasured it all her life. She used to sleep with it every night under her pillow.
“He was a very, very nice person. He was a very, very quiet person. I wouldn’t say William was academic, he was more sporty, but my mum was very fond of him. She always spoke of him.”
Titanic Honour and Glory exhibitions and events manager Sean Szmalc said the Titanic story continues to grip the public imagination more than 100 years after the White Star liner collided with an iceberg and sank, but the Scottish connection has been overlooked.
He told STV News: “Since I was five years old I’ve been absolutely captivated by the Titanic story. Think of the selfless acts of the engineers, all the crew, the passengers that lost their lives as well. James Cameron made a film: this was real life. People’s lives changed forever.
“People talk about Southampton, Liverpool, Belfast, but Scotland’s got a lot of Titanic connections and it’s something we should really be proud about and remember.”
Museum opening times, admission charges, and location
Please check these details if planning to visit some time after this report was written in 2013!
The Titanic Honour and Glory Museum is open Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm.
Admission charges (2013):
Children: £1 (under 5 free)
Family: £5 (2 adults and 2 children)
The museum is located at:
Titanic Honour and Glory Museum,
1 – 3 York Arcade,
Sean:- 07833 630 287
Margot:- 07810 475 215
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