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    benkirk78 wrote:
    drfunbags wrote:
    shambolic waste of public money. 15m could have been the ice rink we have been craving for years, improvements to parks, cleaning up, providing facilities for youngsters (im sorry no kid will go to a museum unless dragged by a parent or on a school trip) And as for the so called free tickets, lots of us havn't ever recieved these and what happens when you phone up? you get told that they are not reissuing them! why not have something which everybody can use or relate to? My council tax has been wasted on yet another elitist pursuit, arts quarters and museums are a joke. instead of trying to attract people to the city centre how about we offer improvements to those people who have paid thousands in tax over the years in their own neighbourhoods. How many residents would have preferred better improvements to local facilities? maybe a swimming pool, youth centres, ice rinks, improvements to the municipal golf course, improvements to the sports centre, repairing the derilict areas of the city.
    What are you banging on about. No-one wants an ice rink! We had one at Christmas a couple of years ago (a time of year you'd expect it to be popular) and it lost £1,000's!

    This is an attraction that celebrates one of the things our city is most famous for - its maritime heratige. It also commemorates a tradegy that (whether you like it or not) is a multi billion pound legacy. People will come from far and wide to the visit a Titanic exhibition, in what is considered the home of Titanic (regardless of it being built in belfast and named in Liverpool) the way, have you been to london where the Natural History museum and Science Museum are jam packed 364 days a year!...

    This will generate many thousands of pounds for our city that might then be spent on the city projects you mentioned.

    who knows - you might one day get an ice rink so you can visit it with the other 4 people who want it...
    I appreciate not every body would want an ice rink but if you read on you would see it wasn't the only suggestion I put forward.

    My point is that the money could of been spent on something inclusive for all (which a museum isnt) which would have benefited the community. The fact is simply becuase the titanic visited us once is this a justifiable way to spend public money? The whole planning of the museum was to coincide with the anniversary but what then? A few pictures of some dock cranes and a couple of merchant ships? People bang on about the maritime heritage but when it comes down to it we cannot touch Portsmouth for history in that field. So why try to compete?

    I accept that museums generate footfall (although im sure that the NHM and NSM are free to enter which would go a long way to keeping attendances up) unlike some of the cretins posting above I am not a fool, but what benefit is footfall away from the major commercial areas? What benefit is there to the people of southampton other than another museum that will barely be used? We have art galleries which are never used by the vast majority of southamptonites (i have just asked three people if they even knew there was a gallery in the bargate and they looked at me like i was mad!!)

    I do not disagree that history is important, but is it appropriate in this day and age to build a £15m museum while kids roll around in dogs mess becuase we cant afford to keep our parks and recreation grounds clean? Is it appropriate to spend £15m on a new museum when we could easily make improvements to the sport centre which benefit thousands of users on weekly basis? Is it appropriate to spend £15m on a museum when this council is cutting help for the elderly, sick and disabled?

    My belief is that it is not.

    Sorry if that conflicts with yours."
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SeaCity Museum officially opened

First published in Titanic News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

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Southampton's £15m Titanic museum was officially declared open today in front of a crowd of hundreds including many descendants of victims of the tragedy.

Amid a sea of confetti, the SeaCity museum was declared open by eight year old Henry Ward whose great grandfather was a fireman onboard Titanic and survived the disaster.

Civic dignitaries including the mayor, council leader and Olympic rower James Cracknell led the ceremony which paid tribute to the hundreds of people from Southampton that perished on liner.

Holding placards with the faces of the crew who were on the ill fated liner, more than 600 youngsters from schools across the city paraded from the Titanic Engineers Memorial to the Civic Centre to mark the official opening of the SeaCity museum this lunchtime.

One of those taking part was four-year-old Jack Avery, from Eastleigh, Hampshire.

His mother, Kaye, discovered that her first cousin three times removed was a trimmer on board called James Avery.

She found out the link while researching her family tree and also discovered two of her own cousins who all met up today for the first time.

She said: ''We are all very proud of James and it's lovely for the children to be involved and to find out about their heritage.''

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