Visitors can see real-life lucky charms at museum

See the actual red shoes from the 1948 movie
See the actual red shoes from the 1948 movie

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The actual red shoes worn in the 1940s classic dance film The Red Shoes are just one of the items on display during a Lucky Charms children’s workshop at the Submarine Museum, in Gosport.

The ballet shoes were worn by film star Moira Shearer in the iconic 1948 dance film.

After filming had finished, the shoes were given to HMS Tiptoe as a lucky mascot.

The Submarine Museum also has teddies that were made by submariners as their own personal lucky charms, on display.

Jackie Edelman, education manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said: ‘Submariners often carried personal mascots on board, including ones that they had made themselves.

‘They are known for their superstitious nature and mascots were seen as an important means of maintaining one’s luck whilst beneath the seas.’

Children can learn more about these mascots and make their own lucky charms on Thursday, from 11am until 3pm at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Children can also dress up as a pirate in the Skull and Crossbones exhibition and go on board the historic submarines HMS Alliance and Holland 1.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is open daily. See submarine-museum.co.uk