A major exhibition on the doomed liner Titanic is coming to the Fylde coast.
The extensive display, entitled Titanic Honour and Glory, has already wowed crowds in Southampton, Hull and Cornwall and even on the Queen Mary – and was recently voted by The Times as one of the top five exhibitions in the country.
Featuring a host of artefacts from the liner which sank in the North Atlantic in April 1912, the exhibition will be at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham daily from June 8 to July 18.
It will be open from 10am to 6pm and will fill the studio bar area as well as the auditorium itself.
Roger McCann, Lowther Pavilion’s general manager, said: “Titanic is a name that resonates across the years and our fascination with the disaster is boundless.
“But a lot of what we know is gleaned from the various films that have been made over the years. This exhibition will unveil the truths behind the legends, and the opportunity to see actual items rescued from the wreck will bring home the scale of the tragedy.
“This is a real coup for the Lowther and we’re expecting to attract crowds from across the country.”
RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, with the loss of some 1,500 lives.
Artefacts on display will include a pocket watch which stopped after hitting the freezing ocean, a letter from a second class passenger, a china dinner service and a nameplate from one of Titanic’s lifeboats.
It also has room settings and costumes from the Hollywood movie version of the incident and other memorabilia and Sean Szmalc, the exhibition’s curator, said: “I am so thrilled that we are bringing this very special collection to Lytham – it has pulled in extremely large crowds of people around the country and now it can be seen for this limited engagement at Lowther Pavilion.
“A first class (parlour suite) ticket on Titanic cost the equivalent of around £45,000 in today’s money, and the luxury liner’s décor reflected the lavish lifestyle of the passengers.
“It included the styles of Louis XIV, Empire Italian Renaissance, Georgian, Regency and Queen Anne – no wonder that it took 10 months just to decorate Titanic before she sailed.”
Tickets for the exhibition go on sale from Monday and details are available from www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk and (01253) 794221.