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Wilkinson Eyre's SeaCity Museum opens doors

The new SeaCity Museum in Southampton designed by Wilkinson Eyre opened earlier this month - a century after the Titanic set sail from the city

The £15 million museum tells the story of the crew on board the doomed passenger liner and the effect the sinking of the ship had on families in Southampton.

The scheme includes the renovation of the neighbouring Magistrates’ Court building and includes 2,000m² of exhibition and learning space.

According to the practice, the design ‘respects the existing appearances of the building and takes advantage of the restored spaces to enhance the visitor experience’ with the courtrooms becoming ‘exhibition spaces and the prison cells [converted] into toilet facilities’.

Around the building there are new green areas and a grey granite pedestrian path.

Anna Woodeson, Associate at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, said: ‘We are delighted with the finished museum, which brings a new lease of life to a very important building in Southampton, whilst also announcing the arrival of a new cultural attraction with the addition of the pavilion. These new spaces will play a key role in helping Southampton tell its fascinating maritime story.’

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