NATIONAL Maritime Museum Cornwall has made another fascinating addition to their hugely successful Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition: a cheque from the RMS Titanic Relief Fund.
The RMS Titanic Relief Fund was initiated by the Lord Mayor of London to raise money by public subscription to assist the widows, orphans and dependent relatives of crew and passengers who lost their lives. On display along side the cheque there is also a Scheme of Administration for the Titanic Relief Fund.
The artefacts were purchased at auction by Sean Szmalc, the owner of the Titanic Honour and Glory touring exhibition, shortly after the installation of the exhibition at the Maritime Museum . He was eager to have it on display knowing its strong Cornish connection.
Jenny Wittamore, Assistant Curator at the Maritime Museum says: "These objects reflect the far reaching effects of the disaster. Many of those travelling on Titanic would have been emigrating, so literally would have lost everything they own; whilst many of those who died would have been the main bread winners in a household, leaving their families destitute. The RMS Titanic Relief Fund was an important source of aid for those in need."
The Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition is on now and runs until the 21 June.Website: www.nmmc.co.uk