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Weekly Edition - Published  18 April 2016

 

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Set sail for Southampton's SeaCity Museum and discover the golden age of the ocean liner
Photographs with thanks to Southampton City Council

IT did not take long before Southampton has come up with its response to Liverpool's growing popularity within the cruise liner industry and the growing nostalgia war, between the Cities over the Cruise Liner industry. Southampton, to give them credit, has played a major part in the development of the industry ever since Liverpool gave birth to the industry. The latest kick from Southampton comes in the form of an exhibition. This exhibition looks at the golden age of the liners, from the 1920's to the 1950's. Ocean liners were the lifeblood of Southampton, bringing employment, industry and glamour to the City, just as they did in Liverpool. From the early days in the 1890's to modern day cruise liners, Port Out, Southampton Home, a brand new major exhibition exclusive to SeaCity Museum, tells the story of these great ships and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board. Items on display will include a wide range of rarely seen items from the City's maritime collection, including ship models, posters, photographs and ephemera from the great liners such as menu cards and souvenirs. From what we are told, it is like what is on offer in Liverpool's Maritime Museum and in the Museum of Liverpool, except Liverpool's are permanent exhibitions, whereas Southampton's will only be on display until 4 June 2017.

  

Southampton's Ocean Liner Exhibition, we are told will be complemented with furniture and other items from some of the famous ships that called Southampton home, such as the Mauretania, Queen Mary and QE2. We are also informed that you can learn about the people who travelled and worked the oceans aboard these iconic ships through letters, diaries and oral history interviews with passengers and crew. Visitors of all ages will be entertained by engaging activities on hand, including the opportunity to dress up as a captain or steward!

Mike Harris, Service Director for Growth at Southampton City Council said:- "Our new exhibition at SeaCity Museum will show how the City's relationship with the ocean liner began and then grew in the early 20th century, and utilises items from our own extensive maritime collection. The City is now known as the Cruise Capital of Europe, with over 1.6 million people coming to Southampton each year to board these incredible ships. This is a great opportunity for visitors and local residents to discover the story behind the cruise industry, and will also highlight Southampton's enduring relationship with the some of the world's most famous ships."

One Liverpool's mariners who had already seen this announcement told us:- "We just love that Southampton is trying to cash in on the fact Liverpool had Capital of Culture by using the term, Cruise Capital of Europe. They must be worried that Liverpool is on the rise again!"

Jokes and rivalry aside, this exhibition looks like it will be worth a visit, should you be in the Southampton area this year.

For more information about this exhibition we recommend you visit the official website:- SeaCityMuseum.Co.UK.

 

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