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Anchor set to move to Black Country Living Museum


04 October 2010

Plans to move a replica Titanic anchor to the Black Country Living Museum next month have been confirmed.

The replica, made to the specifications of the original anchor, was accompanied by 20 shire horses at a celebration and commemoration event on Sunday August 15, as part of a Channel 4 history series. It has been in secure storage since the event but is set to move to the Black Country Living Museum on Monday 4 October, the same day that the Dudley edition of the TV series is broadcast.

The anchor will stand along the museum’s main entrance and will launch the museum’s 2011 programme of events celebrating the Black Country’s connections with the Titanic.

Councillor David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “The event in August was hugely popular and has proved that local people still have a real desire to know more about their local heritage.”

“The Black Country Living Museum is the perfect host site for the anchor which will benefit from a host of events in 2011 while we work to create a permanent site for the anchor in its rightful home, Netherton.”

David Eveleigh, curator of the Black Country Living Museum, said: “We are delighted that Dudley Council have given us the opportunity to display the replica anchor outside the museum entrance where it will form an impressive reminder of an industry which once brought fame and reputation to the Black Country.”

The immediate anchor site by the museum’s main entrance will be closed to the public during installation to ensure public health and safety. Access to the museum will be restricted, however the museum will be open as normal during installation. There is no public viewing point on 4 October. The anchor will be installed and ready for public view from Tuesday 5 October.

The replica anchor, commissioned by Channel Four is set to return to Netherton in late 2011. The TV series features a team of modern-day engineers, working from Titanic’s original plans, attempting to rebuild iconic structures from ‘The Ship Magnificent.’ The five-part series called Titanic: The Mission, starts on Monday 27 September. Dudley’s programme will be episode two and will be broadcast on Monday 4 October. All programmes will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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