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Titanic Exhibition: the Manchester man who lived his dream
updated 10/06/2004
Steve Rigby It's not everyone who can say their dream has come true. Well, it did for Steve Rigby from Wigan when he travelled to the wreck of the Titanic.

Interview with Steve Rigby
Review of Titanic exhibition
Steve Rigby of the Titanic Society

Steve Rigby - from Lowton nr Wigan - was just 8 years old when he first became fascinated with the story of the ill-fated liner which sank on 14 April 1912 with the loss of 1,500 lives.

The ship's bow
Look at Steve's photos from the wreck of the Titanic!

In 2001, he fulfilled the dream of a lifetime by making the long descent to the wreck of the Titanic in a tiny submersible. A founder member of the British Titanic Society, it's a trip he will never forget.

But it's not the adventure that fires his imagination and obsession with the legend of the Titanic.

"It's the untold stories of everyone who was on board," he said. "You had 2,500 individiual stories there. Unless you were rich and famous, the majority of the stories just didn't get told."

Who was the last person to look through that [porthole] on the real ship - to wave goodbye to someone possibly? That is the true story of Titanic: the people on board.

Steve Rigby of the UK Titanic Society

Those stories of the passengers and crew form the bedrock of the Titanic exhibition coming to Manchester in June. As Steve says: for every artefact, for every rusty porthole on show, there's a human tale to tell.

"Who was the last person to look through that on the real ship - to wave goodbye to someone possibly? That is the true story of Titanic: the people on board."

Steve Rigby talks about travelling to the Titanic. Interview >>

'Titanic - the Artefact Exhibition' opens at the Museum of Science & Industry runs from 24 June 2004 - 16 Jan 2005.


Are you interested in the Titanic? Have you seen the exhibition? If so, tell us what you think.

Jack Kenny, Liverpool
Hello everyone. My name is Jack and I am 12. I am writing to tell you about the a new musical - "Titanic: The Musical". I will be playing Jack Thayer in the play. Recently I went to the exhibition with the school and was amazed to see my character's name on the wall! I found this thread as I was searching to find whether the exhibition was still on so I could go again as I enjoyed it so much. If you are interested, Titanic the Musical is on the Liverpool Empire Theatre from the 8th-11th June. I will be starting rehearsals soon, I will start an online journal so everyone can see how it is going. Thanks for reading, Jack, AKA Jack Thayer

Geraint Duckfield, Flint
I visited the exhibit on the last day and it was worth every second. The fascination gripped me at a young age. I'm still only 14 now and will be diving deeper into the amazing storys and facts that came out from that one night.

Anastasia Dunn, Leeds
Ms. Thompson, may I suggest visting the Titanic Historical Society site or Encyclopedia Titanica.com for more information on Frederick Barrett, they've both been known to be very helpful to others seeking descendant information relating to Titanic passengers.

P Kelly. Belfast.
I live in Belfast which of course was the place were the Titanic was constructed. I remember my Grandfather telling me that his father brought him to the shipyard to see the almost completed vessel when he was just a young boy.The anchor was lying on the quay side of the dry-dock and he said that his father hoisted him up on to the anchor to sit on.He said it was huge.

Aimee Phillips, Carlisle
This exhibition is really worth going! 2 years ago I went to the States to visit my family, and we went to this same exhibition in the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas. I was so glad to find out that this same exhibition, 2 years later has come to Manchester! We're going to visit the exhibition next month.

gareth,glossop
visited the exhibition and was amazed. you walk in and the first thing you see is the bell rung by fred fleet when he saw the 'berg loomung in front of the ship! that is worth the admission price alone! visit or miss out forever.

Grace Birchmore , Manchester
My Nanny said to my sister that some of our ansesters made pictures for the Tintanic.

stacey rochdale
it has been alleged that the olympic & titanic were swapped when olympic was being repaired for an insurance scam so it was the olympic that actually sank

Marion Dean Hale Altrincham Ches
When my mother was 12 years old she was at school in Wombwell, Yorks. One of the teacher's was leaving to travel as companion to a well to do lady bound for America on Titanic. It was decided to present the teacher with a parting gift. My mother was a very competant seamstress and she was chosen to sew two nightgowns as the gift.She made them with great care and worked on beautifully tucked bodices. The nightgowns went with the teacher to join the ship. Before the ship sailed the lady to whom she was to be companion was taken ill and both ladies and nightgowns were saved.

Sue Thompson
I was brought up to believe that My grandfather Frederick James Barrett, was on Titanic ..He was a stoker in the bowels of the ship., when it hit the iceberg. He was ordered to row out Lifeboat number 13 and of course , he survived ( or i wouldn,t be telling you this story )... He lived in Bootle liverpool and as far asI know , died aged @ mid forties , from some sort of T.B... Is there a way of me checking this out ? I do believe it to bre true .. Thank you ..Sue Thompson ( nee Barret)

Marie Barker
Wew have just seen the exhibition and I must sat it was extremly interesting, especially been able to touch a part of the ship.

george price liverpool old swan
i was reading in my local paper about a titanic victim his name was norman harrison it said in the paper that his body was burried at a church just up the road in knotty ash so i went to the church when i got there it was there sure as they said but when i looked his name up it is said his body was never recovered it turns out he lived in 28 baden road liverpool old swan his job onboard titanic was jnr second enginer iwas wondering if he was recoverd

Dave Redgwell, Essex
I met my wife at a Titanic convention in April 2000.In the November, we were married!!!

sonia melbourne
there is a delicatessen in Cheetham which is supposedly named after a survivor of the ship



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