In April 2007 Southampton commemorated the 95th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic with a series of events held across the city and then even more successful events, exhibitions and activities took place in 2008 and 2009. Below is an outline programme of the commemorative events that were planned for 2010.
We did not get to all of the events but it shows just how much of this week in April including the long weekend was dedicated to the memory of the sinking of the Titanic.

Saturday 10 April

Southampton’s Titanic Story in Song”
Venue: St Michael’s Church, St, Michael’s Square, Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AG
Time: 8 pm
Entry: £6 (No concessions) Please note tickets are limited
Contact: For further details contact
Tickets will be available from the Tourist Information Centre, Civic Centre Road. Southampton SO14 7LP Telephone 023 8083 3333
To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, three Southampton song writers and performers, Jeff Henry, Brian Hooper and Barry Wake have come together to tell the story in a production featuring song, music and the spoken word. “Look Out” is told from Southampton’s perspective, mainly through the eyes of the crew. Performed by the “White Star Line-Up” which comprises the three composers and four other outstanding musicians and singers, the preview performances are set for 10 April 2010 and April 2011, with the full production forming part of the centenary activities in April 2012. It will also be released as a CD.

Monday 12 April

Titanic 'Set Sail': Family DROP-IN Day
Venue: Maritime Museum, Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2AR
Time: Drop in between 11am – 12.30pm OR 1.30pm – 3pm
Entry: Children FREE/ Normal entry charges apply for adults Contact: Tel: 023 8083 2705 or email
The Titanic set sail from Southampton nearly 100 years ago.
Join the learning team and actress Joanna Russel to find out more about this dramatic historical story. Look at objects from the time; try on the type of clothes they would have worn on board and make a White Star Flag like the passengers on the liner would have waved as they departed from the dockyard

Thursday 15th April

Local History Forum talk: Titanic’s People
Venue: Northguild Lecture Theatre, Southampton City Art Gallery, the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Time: 7.00pm
Entry: Free – no booking necessary
Contact: David Hollingworth Tel: 023 8083 2205
Guest speaker, local historian John Avery will look at a few of the crew and passengers who sailed on the fateful voyage, the resulting hardship caused to families in Southampton and a couple of unsolved mysteries.

Friday 16 April

Service of Remembrance
Service of Remembrance to Philip Curry and Staff of the White Star Line Office, Canute Road, Southampton.
Followed by the Laying of a Wreath at Mr Curry’s Grave by The Right Worship Mayor of Eastleigh
1:30pm at St. Nicholas Church, North Stoneham. ALL WELCOME

Titanic Trail Walks
Starts at: Holy Rood Church, City Centre. Southampton
Time: am and pm
Entry: These walks are FREE but places must be booked in advance
Contact: Don Robertson (STGA) on Tel 023 8057 1858 (between 9am & 5pm) for timings and availability.
The Southampton Tourist Guide Association lead the” Titanic Trails”. This walking tour visits monuments and locations associated with the Titanic tragedy. These include the passenger and crew pre-voyage accommodation, the White star offices and a number of Public Houses that the crew members frequented. As the walk progresses the impact of the loss of the Titanic on the people of Southampton is brought vividly to life.

Grave Walks
Venue: The Old Cemetery on Southampton Common SO15 7NN
Time: am and pm
Entry: These walks are FREE but places must be booked in advance
Contact: Gillian Blake (FOSOC) Tel: 023 8034 9414 (9am – 5pm) for timings and availability.
These are organised by the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FOSOC) and take place in the in the Old Cemetery on Southampton Common . They focus on graves of interest including those with Titanic connections.

“The Titanic Newsreels: Fact or Fiction”
Venue: The Lecture Theatre, Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Time: 8pm - 9pm
Entry: £2 (No concessions). Tickets are limited and will be available from Southampton Central Local Studies Library from 1 February 2010
Contact: For further details telephone 023 8083 2205 or email
David Lee, from the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, examines the newsreel film released after the Titanic disaster in 1912 to see which was a true record and which was faked. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Saturday 17 April

"Raise the Titanic”
Venue: The Harbour Lights Cinema, Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3TL
Time & Entry: Please check the website for Harbour Lights for up to date information
Contact: Harbour Lights Cinema 0870 755 1237
A showing of the 1980 film Raise the Titanic.
The film was based on a novel by Clive Cussler and starred amongst others Alec Guinness and Jason Robards. The action is set in the present day with the US Navy spending millions of dollars to raise the Titanic because it is carrying Byzanium, a mineral needed for the development of a nuclear defence system. The film cost $40 million and to produce the special effects alone cost more than it did to build the Titanic itself in 1911. This expense lead British movie mogul Lord Lew Grade to allegedly comment “Raise the Titanic? My god it would be cheaper to lower the Atlantic”.

Titanic Walks - see details above

Grave Walks - see details above

The Southampton Titanic Lectures -
"From the Titanic to the QM2" and "Wrecks of the Solent"
Venue: National Oceanography Centre, Empress Dock, Southampton. SO14 3ZH
Time: 2pm
Entry: £3 (no concessions) Tickets are limited and will be available from Southampton Central Local Studies Library from 1 February 2010.
Contact: For further details telephone 023 8083 2205 or email
For 2010, Stephen Payne OBE, Royal Designer of Industry, the Vice President Newbuilding and Chief Naval Architect of Carnival will give the talk on “From the Titanic to the QM2”.
Stephen Payne was the lead designer of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. Stephen decided upon his eventual career during a day trip to Southampton docks and a visit to Queen Elizabeth 2 in the summer of 1969 when he was nine years old. From June 1st 2004 Stephen was appointed Vice President Chief Naval Architect Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding and he was awarded the OBE for his work with Queen Mary 2; in 2005 he was awarded the status of Royal Designer of Industry and was also awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Services to Shipping. The University of Southampton awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2007. Since July 2007 he has been the President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and in July 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Garry Momber, the Director of the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology will give a talk on “Wrecks in the Solent”. Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology promotes interest, research and knowledge of maritime archaeology and heritage in Great Britain, with core activities focused in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight and the adjacent South Coast areas.

There will also be a short conducted tour of the Oceanography Centre as part of the Lecture series.

Sunday 18 April

The 2010 Civic Titanic Commemorative Service
Venue: St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Street, Southampton. SO14 1NX
Time: 11.45am
This annual commemorative service, lead by the Reverend Dr. Julian Davies, remembers the 549 crew from Southampton who perished in the tragedy. The service includes readings, music and singing; all of which focus on the impact the tragedy had on the City.
St Mary’s is Southampton’s mother church and this is where, on the 20 April 1912, the first Titanic Commemorative service was held. The Mayor of Southampton will be in attendance and all are welcome.

Titanic Walks - see details above
Other Titanic related events events

A number of extra events are planned for the commemorative week. Further details will be available nearer April.

Titanic Book of Remembrance
During April it is hoped to unveil the new City of Southampton Society’s Titanic Book of Remembrance which lists the 549 crew who perished in the disaster. This will be housed in the Civic Centre Foyer, SO147LP and will be adjacent to the Titanic plaque that honours those 5 post office workers who died in the sinking. (Date and details to be confirmed)
Available all year

Titanic - Southampton Remembers Exhibition
Venue: Maritime Museum, Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2NY
Times: Mondays to Fridays: 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm. Entry: £2.50, £1.50 concessions (under 7 years free) Family tickets £5.50
Contact: 023 8022 3941 (Maritime Museum) or 023 8063 5904
Access: Wheelchair access to ground floor exhibitions. Stairs to first floor and Titanic exhibition.
The first floor of the Maritime Museum has been transformed with a new exhibition to commemorate the Titanic tragedy. This permanent, unique display tells the story of her crew, the majority of whom came from Southampton. As the largest liner in the world, Titanic had a crew of 898, but only 212 survived the sinking. This exhibition provides the opportunity to discover their story, what jobs they did, how they felt about the new ‘super liner’, their vivid recollections of the night Titanic struck the iceberg and the consequences for them and their families, which still reverberate in Southampton today. Archive film footage, interviews with survivors, and unique artifacts combine to provide a new insight into the tragedy of Titanic’s loss and why the disaster still continues to fascinate.

Titanic Research Material
Venue: Southampton Central Library, Civic Centre, SO14 7LW
Times: Mondays – Fridays: 9.30am – 7pm, Saturdays: 9.30am – 4pm, Sundays: Closed
Entry: Free
Contact: David Hollingworth Tel: 023 8083 2205
Southampton Central Library in the Civic Centre has a large collection of Titanic related research material available for anyone to see. The collection includes books, journals, newspaper reports, information on crew and passengers, videos and much more. Visit to look at the crew list or for further information.

Titanic Trail
The Titanic trail takes you around some of the memorials and locations associated with Titanic.
A self guided walk information sheet is available to purchase for 50p from the Tourist Information Centre, or you can download the Titanic Trail from the Visit Southampton website.
The Tourist Information Centre is situated opposite the Civic Centre and you can browse through the many publications about Titanic on sale. If you do not have time to visit all the sites during your visit, The Tourist Information Centre staff can advise you which of the many fine memorials you can see during your tour.