98 years after the tragedy that claimed more than 1,500 lives, the dramatic story of the Titanic still resonates. This new exhibition, the most ambitious ever, displays extensive room recreations alongside more than 300 artefacts -including some never seen before- and provides the first opportunity to view exclusive footage from the last Titanic expedition in summer 2010.
Few stories fascinate as much as the tragedy of the Titanic, the world’s largest ship which sank on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg, claiming 1,500 lives. Opening November 5th, this new exhibition showcases more than 300 legendary artefacts -including 14 never seen before- conserved from the Ship’s debris field, extensive room recreations as well as never before seen footage from the most ambitious expedition to Titanic in history.
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories, offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers, whose lives were abruptly ended or forever altered. Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, the Ship’s porthole, wheel and telegraph and even a pocket watch belonging to an elite passenger, as well as many other authentic objects that offer haunting, emotional connections to the passengers.
To make it even more compelling, visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic. In the “Memorial Gallery” guests can then take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished. RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of the Titanic. The Company completed its eighth and most ambitious mission to the wreck site of Titanicthis summer of 2010. The O2 is the first venue in the world to showcase video and images from this undertaking.
Titanic: the Artefact Exhibition, 5 November 2010 –1 May 2011, The O2, Peninsula Square SE10. Tickets available at www.TitanicLondon.co.uk
Below: 1st Class and 3rd Class cabins reconstitutions, an original picture of the ship and some objects that have been reclaimed from the wreck (All images © RMS Titanic, Inc. 1987-2010, a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.)