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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Maryport museum seeks Titanic volunteers

Thirty volunteers are needed to help staff a Titanic display in Maryport from March to May.

Joe Kewin, of Maryport Maritime Museum, said the exhibition at The Wave Centre would be one of the key events around the country and the world marking the 100th anniversary of the loss of the ship, which sank on its maiden voyage.

The exhibition will feature costumes and props from the film Titanic as well as replicas of a third class cabin and a first class dining table with a la carte menu.

Mr Kewin said Maryport was the beginning of the Titanic story as it was the birthplace of Thomas Henry Ismay, who founded the White Star Line.

On April 10, 1912, the White Star Line’s flagship liner set sail for New York, sinking five days later after hitting an iceberg.

The Maryport exhibition will run from March 29 to May 13. On April 15 it will be a hub for world-wide radio communications. Morse and voice communication will be broadcast for 30-minute slots throughout the day linking with other Titanic hotspots around the world.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the exhibition can contact Mr Kewin on 01900 881308 or call in at the museum on Shipping Brow, which is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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