Titanic museum to set sail on East Lancs

Blackburn Citizen: Nigel Hampson, of Lancashire Titanic Museum, which has moved from Colne and is now based in Samlesbury Hall Nigel Hampson, of Lancashire Titanic Museum, which has moved from Colne and is now based in Samlesbury Hall

THE Titanic Museum could be set to depart East Lancashire at the end of July.

The museum was set up in Colne five years ago, but moved to Samlesbury Hall after outgrowing its previous premises.

The hall agreed to house the museum for a year, but has now said the term will not be extended as there are plans to bring in a new exhibition.

Curator Nigel Hampson said he was disappointed by the news, which was given to him on Monday, but understood the hall’s decision.

He said: “We were never permanent there. They guaranteed us a year and they said they would review the situation and decide whether they would have us there longer.

“We wanted to be extended, we thought they were happy to have us there, but they’ve got another exhibition to move in.

“We’re a bit gutted. We knew it wouldn’t be permanent, but we were hoping for another year.

“We’ve got to be out by July 27, so we’re going to be homeless on July 28. We’re busy hunting for a new venue.”

Sharon Jones from Samlesbury Hall said the new exhibition was ‘very exciting’, and was more local to the hall.

She said: “It’s been delightful to have the Titanic at the hall.

“The arrangement was for a year, our visitors have found it quite entertaining and it is with great regret that we say goodbye to Nigel and set the Titanic sailing again.

“The new exhibition was something that we simply couldn’t say no to.”

The Titanic museum has been using Facebook, Twitter and email to try to find a new home for the collection, and Mr Hampson said he is considering a move further afield.

He said: “We’d love to get out a bit further towards the coast, possibly Liverpool, Blackpool, or Southport, where there’s a good tourism element."

Call Nigel Hampson on 07445 565493.

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5:13pm Wed 7 May 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Such a shame but probably a blessing in disguise. We have fancied visiting Samlesbury Hall for ages but as it always shut Saturdays as weddings take priority over busy families like us, we have never been able to get there. I look forward to hearing where the new home is.
Such a shame but probably a blessing in disguise. We have fancied visiting Samlesbury Hall for ages but as it always shut Saturdays as weddings take priority over busy families like us, we have never been able to get there. I look forward to hearing where the new home is. Ex-Darrener
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2:58pm Thu 8 May 14

kateash says...

What about it having a permanent display in Colne library? I am sure room could be found as there are less books than before since the refurbishment !! Why move to the coast? We need the tourism here..
What about it having a permanent display in Colne library? I am sure room could be found as there are less books than before since the refurbishment !! Why move to the coast? We need the tourism here.. kateash
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8:59am Fri 9 May 14

Lauren Samlesbury says...

Hello Ex-Darrener,

I am sorry that you've not yet been able to visit us here at Samlesbury Hall, however we are open every other day of the year apart from Christmas Day.
Without the weddings, unfortunately we would have to close every single day of the year.

Entry is only £3 on Sundays, and we have fantastic free tours with entry, so hope to see you soon!
Hello Ex-Darrener, I am sorry that you've not yet been able to visit us here at Samlesbury Hall, however we are open every other day of the year apart from Christmas Day. Without the weddings, unfortunately we would have to close every single day of the year. Entry is only £3 on Sundays, and we have fantastic free tours with entry, so hope to see you soon! Lauren Samlesbury
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