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Gown from Titanic movie goes on display in Colne
A MUSEUM in East Lancashire is hoping film buffs ‘fly’ through the door to get a close-up of a piece of film history.
Kate Winslet’s famous dress in James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic film is now on display at the Titanic In Lancashire Museum.
It was worn by Winslet’s character, Rose DeWitt Bukater, in the movie, as Leonardo Di Caprio’s Jack Dawson cradles her at the ship’s bow, as she shouts ‘I’m flying’.
And it will be a centrepiece of the Colne Old Grammar School venue for some time to come, after it was lent by White Star Memories, a leading authority on artefacts related to the stricken ship.
Museum curator Nigel Hampson said: “It should be on display with us for as long as White Star Memories are happy for us to have it.
“It’s a real coup for the museum and we are absolutely delighted to have it with us.”
Today it will be on display at Broughton Hall, near Skipton, for 24 hours only, before returning to the Church Street museum.
Made from crushed purple velvet and purple satin, it fell into private hands when props were sold off after the film’s shooting was completed.
The dress is on display alongside another recent acquisition, a pair of binoculars belonging to Captain Arthur Rostron, who was originally from Astley Bridge.
He was the captain of the RMS Carpathia, which rescued more than 700 survivors from the Titanic, hours after the liner had sank.
The field glasses were presented to Rostron by his friend and wartime colleague Charles Allum, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.
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