Titanic was to be the greatest ship afloat, shining proof of the industrial power of the modern world. But tragically, this vision was shattered on its first voyage when it struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912 with the loss of over 1500 lives.
The exhibition Remembering Titanic – 100 years presents the history of this epic tragedy from construction to fateful sinking and rediscovery, and the controversy surrounding it.
Drawing on replica objects, ship models, memorabilia, newspapers, and graphics the exhibition concentrates on the human stories behind the disaster from the ‘unsinkable’ Molly Brown to the unsung heroes like junior wireless operator Harold Sydney Bride and Arthur Henry Rostron, Captain of the Carpathia which came to Titanic’s aid.
Visitors to the exhibition will see a large memorial wall at entry to the exhibition, which lists the names of all the known survivors and victims of the sinking and provides a dramatic visual of the size of the disaster.
The exhibition also looks at the impact of Titanic on popular culture from books to films culminating in the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster Titanic. On display will be nine costumes and selected props from the film including outfits worn by Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Zane.
Controversy has surrounded Titanic for decades…from the shocking number of deaths, particularly among third class passengers, to the scarcity of lifeboats on board. And in more recent years the salvaging of the wreck site and recovery of objects have been likened to grave robbing. The exhibition looks at these issues, the basis for them and the differing viewpoints.
Dock workers inspect the twin three-bladed outer propellers. Reproduced courtesy of Irish Free Photos.
RMS Titanic leaving Southampton. Titanic In Photographs: Klistorner & Hall.
RMS Titanic survivors aboard one of Titanic’s 16 wooden lifeboats. Reproduced courtesy of Irish Free Photos.
Titanic, 1912. Photography Harris & Ewing. Image courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.
Louis & Lola, survivors of Titanic, 22 April 1912. Image courtesy Library of Congress Prints & Photographs.