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Southampton's Maritime Museum to close doors
8:10am Saturday 24th September 2011 in News
As previously reported, The Grade I-listed Wool House, which has housed the city’s Maritime Museum for the past 45 years, is being sold off by Southampton City Council to become a pub, café, restaurant or gallery under a commercial lease.
Built in 1415 as a storehouse for wool to be exported to Europe, it has told the story of the city’s links with the Titanic.
1966 opening When it was opened in June, 1966, the museum attracted almost 1,500 visitors during the first two days.
But in recent years the museum has been propped up by a hefty subsidy of up to £5 a visitors as numbers have plummeted to under 100 a day.
Artefacts, documents and displays at the museum will be moved out in coming weeks.
Many will find a new home in the Sea City Museum extension to the Civic Centre, which is due to open with an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic next April.
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