Back in 1912 the residents of the town of Alnwick in Northumberland, like so many other towns and villages across the country, were witnesses to the aftermath of the Titanic disaster. Today as the Titanic's history has continued to evolve, more and more locations have become associated with the Titanic. These places are part of the Titanic story. They play an important role in commemorating the victims of the Titanic, through their memorials and associated sites.
For more than a century the story of the Titanic, and her passengers and crew, has become a subject of great interest to people around the world. The memorials to the victims bare witness to the impact of the sinking on the lives of people in towns like Southampton and Belfast, and countless other towns, villages and cities across the world.
But beyond the immediate lives of the victims and survivors, and the memorials commissioned to their memory, there is a heritage of Titanic-associated sites and buildings, that have become part of the her story.
Alnwick is one such town that has become part of that story. The White Swan Hotel contains fixtures and fittings from the Titanic's older sister ship, the Olympic, the first of the Olympic class liners. Built between 1908 and 1911 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, her outward appearance and much of her interiors were replicated in the Titanic.
Improvements to the Olympic's design were made, distinguishing her from the Olympic. But her first-class lounge was near identical and in the sinking, as the Titanic broke in two, the first-class lounge was ripped apart leaving pieces of her panelling floating in the sea to be picked up by ships searching for the bodies of the victims.
The hotel is a special place, it provides a direct link back to the Titanic and it allows visitors to appreciate the craftsmanship of the Titanic's builders. It is one of the few places where it is possible to view a near complete public room from an Olympic class liner. Other buildings have fixtures and fittings, but none can equal the extent found at the White Swan.
Today, the hotel's Olympic Suite can be seen to serve as a memorial to the Titanic and her victims.
Use the map controls to locate and view all the memorials listed in Alnwick, Northumberland.
Memorials are shown on the map and listed in order northern-most memorials first, listed east to west, southern-most memorials last. Pan the map left, right, up and down using your mouse cursor or touch device; click or touch the zoom controls to narrow and widen your search area. Click or touch to select any of the markers to learn more about each Titanic memorial. Sites close to each other may have their markers clustered together, so increase the zoom to see each individual map marker.