Nowhere in the world was more devastated by the sinking of the RMS Titanic than Southampton.
A hundred years after the gigantic liner set sail
from its harbour on the south coast, Southampton’s Sea City Museum opens this
month in a former magistrates’ court. The museum recounts the stories of more
than 500 households in the city that lost family members in the tragedy – among
them Edward Smith, the captain who followed his ship down to the icy depths of
the Atlantic. Exhibits on display include a steward’s watch that stopped
minutes before the Titanic sank and a menu nabbed as a memento before the ship
fatefully steamed off over the horizon. There are also exhibits from other key
episodes in the city’s maritime history on display – from Saxon jewellery to
intricate model ships that French prisoners of war made out of bones during the
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Southampton’s Sea City Museum
opens on 10 April (admission £8.50).
trains run to Southampton from London Waterloo (from £40) and Cardiff Central (from £15).
Stay at the Pig
Hotel, a country house set in verdant grounds in the New Forest, a short
drive outside Southampton (from £125).