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New Cornish objects added to Titanic Exhibition

14 April — 21 June 2009

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 cheque for one pound, seven shillings and six pence, was given to Mary Giles of Porthleven, whose two sons tragically lost their lives in the disaster. Edgar and Fred Giles were brothers travelling from their home in Porthleven to make a new life with their older brother, John, in New Jersey . It is believed that they were originally intending to travel on Titanic's sister ship Oceanic but were forced to change ships due to a coal strike.

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