Visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August will be given a rare opportunity; the owners of Titanic Honour and Glory – which is being exhibited in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery until September 30th – are presenting the public with opportunities to try on and be photographed wearing the ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace as worn by Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. These photo sessions are running from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August and cost £5 per photo taken (including the photograph). The event will be on a first come first served basis and pre-booking is not available.

The exhibition itself has never been seen before in Kent and has been drawing crowds from afar. It features many rare artefacts from the liner’s passengers and crew. These include some of the beautiful china dinner plates, which served the first meals aboard the Titanic, silverware, letters, linen and crew possessions. Remarkable, must-see artefacts include a fountain pen, which belonged to the captain of the Titanic, together with a cup presented to him in 1911 before the fateful voyage. Perhaps most poignantly of all, visitors will also be able to see a silver pocket watch recovered by the Cable Ship Mackay Bennett that stopped at 2.28am as it entered the icy water and the Senior 6th Engineer’s Steiff bear. The exhibition also includes a beautiful 18 carat gold pocket watch which belonged to Titanic’s first class a la carte waiter Vincenzo Gilardino. Together with the Titanic and White Star Line artefacts, the exhibition will incorporate panels from the luxurious interiors of sister ships, Olympic and Britannic, as well as wonderful props and costumes from James Cameron’s blockbuster film, ‘Titanic’. These include the Heart of the Ocean necklace worn by Kate Winslet and cast costumes for Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Zane. An interactive dressing up area and the dockyard’s own reproduction of Titanic’s Bow will enable visitors of all ages to recreate “that” famous scene from the film.