A model of the Titanic formed part of the exhibition
2003 saw one of the most successful exhibitions ever put on at Leatherhead Museum. It was entitled Titanic - The Leatherhead Connection and it presented a collection of mementos, photographs, press cuttings and letters telling the tragic story of the S.S Titanic's sinking. Linked to this was the fate of the Collyers, a family from Leatherhead, who were on board. A splendid model of the mighty liner was also on display. Visitors came from far afield, and the whole presentation was much praised. For 2012, the centenary year of the disaster, the display has been updated.
Several visitors coming to the museum after the exhibition had closed expressed disappointment at having missed the chance to see it. As a result, the museum published a 16 page A4 souvenir containing replicas of many of the documents that were on display. A preface described the fateful voyage of the Titanic and told the story of the Collyer family.
This has been revised and expanded and is currently in its third edition. It is fully illustrated throughout with many original pictures and contains the history of the Collyer family before and after the sinking. Copies and facsimiles of Charlotte Collyer's letters and newspaper articles are included. These are of particular interest as they were used by Walter Lord for his book (subsequently filmed) A Night To Remember, for which Marjorie Collyer acted as a script consultant.
On her return to England Charlotte became the landlady of a temperance pub near Hindhead, a project supported by local writers Bernard Shaw and Conan Doyle. Descendants of the Collyer family still live in the Leatherhead area.
It is available price £5.95 plus £1.99 p&p. Cheques should be made payable to Leatherhead and District Local History Society, and sent to The Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, England, KT22 8DP.
last updated 20 Jul 12