Titanic museum in Colne could relocate to Samlesbury

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Wallace Hartley Wallace Hartley

A MUSEUM dedicated to the Titanic’s links with Lancashire is looking to move out of the home town of bandmaster Wallace Hartley.

Curator Nigel Hampson has announced that the museum, currently housed in the Old Grammar School in Church Street, Colne, could be relocating to Samlesbury Hall.

But hall bosses say that a deal has not yet been signed for the switch - although discussions have taken place.

Hall director Sharon Jones said: “The decision has not been made yet as the trustees have not yet considered it.

“There is a possibility the museum could be coming and we have been in discussions with Nigel - but nothing has been finalised yet.”

Mr Hampson has been looking for extra room to display his full Titanic collection and wanted to take up three rooms at the grade I listed venue. He has been assisted by a loyal team of volunteers.

Museum supporters were at the heart of last year’s Titanic centenary events in Colne, as Hartley grew up in Albert Road, is buried in the town’s cemetery, and there is a memorial statue near the war memorial.

An appeal was also launched earlier this year to establish a friends group, after the museum began to struggle.

The venue also played host to the famed dress worn by Kate Winslett’s dress which she wore in the 1992 James Cameron blockbuster Titanic.

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5:57pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Elysiumfire says...

So, the intention is to relocate an historical legacy from its rightful place, and move it to another location of historical significance, even though such place has no links whatsoever with the Hartley family, the Titanic, or even Colne, apart from possible Pendle Witch Trial connections.

This to me seems an attempt to drum up a little more tourism for Samlesbury Hall at Colne's legacy expense? I don't doubt the Titanic display would be an added benefit for the Hall, but eveything would still point towards Colne. Is there an intention, also, to re-exhume Hartley's remains and inter them somewhere in the Hall's gardens with an appropriate headstone?

Can't help feeling cycnical about this, but since no one from Colne seems to be making any noise of objection...what the hell!
So, the intention is to relocate an historical legacy from its rightful place, and move it to another location of historical significance, even though such place has no links whatsoever with the Hartley family, the Titanic, or even Colne, apart from possible Pendle Witch Trial connections. This to me seems an attempt to drum up a little more tourism for Samlesbury Hall at Colne's legacy expense? I don't doubt the Titanic display would be an added benefit for the Hall, but eveything would still point towards Colne. Is there an intention, also, to re-exhume Hartley's remains and inter them somewhere in the Hall's gardens with an appropriate headstone? Can't help feeling cycnical about this, but since no one from Colne seems to be making any noise of objection...what the hell! Elysiumfire

8:05pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Ex-Darrener says...

If Samlesbury Hall was open when ordinary working folk could get there, it wouldn't need to be drumming up trade. I have been driving past it on Saturdays for years and would love to go in but it is never open that day because it prefers to be available for weddings, which are far more lucrative then we ordinary punters.
If Samlesbury Hall was open when ordinary working folk could get there, it wouldn't need to be drumming up trade. I have been driving past it on Saturdays for years and would love to go in but it is never open that day because it prefers to be available for weddings, which are far more lucrative then we ordinary punters. Ex-Darrener

8:20am Sun 7 Apr 13

sim1846 says...

The Titanic Museum in Colne, and not be moved, there are a number of great building on Albert Rd Colne in which the Museum could move in to and expand, why not open a themed restaurant in Colne.
The Titanic Museum in Colne, and not be moved, there are a number of great building on Albert Rd Colne in which the Museum could move in to and expand, why not open a themed restaurant in Colne. sim1846

9:39am Sun 7 Apr 13

Noiticer says...

I'm afraid the truth is that interest in the Titanic's story is on the wane and quite rightly as there have been far worse tragedies at sea involving greater loss of life e.g. The Lancastria and the German passenger liners sunk in the Baltic in 1945. The Titanic's story has just been exploited for commercial gain.
I'm afraid the truth is that interest in the Titanic's story is on the wane and quite rightly as there have been far worse tragedies at sea involving greater loss of life e.g. The Lancastria and the German passenger liners sunk in the Baltic in 1945. The Titanic's story has just been exploited for commercial gain. Noiticer

9:40am Sun 7 Apr 13

burner says...

A Titanic theme . . . that will go down well.
A Titanic theme . . . that will go down well. burner

11:21am Sun 7 Apr 13

Yankee Clipper says...

If Nigel Hampson is intent upon relocating his museum out of Colne, then may I suggest that he take it instead to Chorley?

Second Officer Charles H Lightoller, who was Titanic's senior surviving officer, was born and raised in this Lancashire town. In addition to his well-documented heroic conduct during the maritime disaster, he would further distinguish himself again in 1940. Now retired from active naval service, Mr Lightoller personally piloted his motor yacht Sundowner across the English Channel and bravely assisted in the evacuation of British soldiers from Dunkirk.

As a sidebar note, I'd like to add that M/Y Sundowner remains afloat to this day. She was in the flotilla of "Dunkirk Little Ships" which participated in last year's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
If Nigel Hampson is intent upon relocating his museum out of Colne, then may I suggest that he take it instead to Chorley? Second Officer Charles H Lightoller, who was Titanic's senior surviving officer, was born and raised in this Lancashire town. In addition to his well-documented heroic conduct during the maritime disaster, he would further distinguish himself again in 1940. Now retired from active naval service, Mr Lightoller personally piloted his motor yacht Sundowner across the English Channel and bravely assisted in the evacuation of British soldiers from Dunkirk. As a sidebar note, I'd like to add that M/Y Sundowner remains afloat to this day. She was in the flotilla of "Dunkirk Little Ships" which participated in last year's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Yankee Clipper

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