On April 15, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank–claiming more than 1,503 lives. It was the world’s largest ship and it was said to be unsinkable, but it sank, shocking everyone and becoming the most famous shipwreck in history. This year–the 100th anniversary of the tragedy– there are exhibitions and memorials happening in many places. In London these include:
The Artefact Exhibition. More than 300 objects retrieved from the debris left by the sinking ship, replicas of cabins and of the ship’s funnel are on view at The O2 Bubble in London until August 29, 2012. The O2 Bubble is located in North Greenwich, the seat of London’s maritime history and an appropriate place for this exhibition. (Peninsula Square, North Greenwich, London, SE10 ODX)
2. Titanic Remembered
National Maritime Museum. In its permanent collection this museum holds many original items from the Titanic including a pair of embroidered evening slippers belonging to passenger Edith Russell and a pig mascot she carried onto a lifeboat, the pocket watch of passenger Robert Douglas Norman, photographs, letters and ephemera collected by Walter Lord in preparing his book on the disaster, A Night To Remember. (Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Until September 30, 2012. Free admission.)
To really feel the impact of the Titanic Disaster, take a day trip to the port city of Southampton, from where the ship sailed. Four out of every five crew members came from Southampton and many memorials exist, plus historic sites.