History’s most famous fateful ship, the RMS Titanic, sank in the North Atlantic in April 1912 after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Nearly 1,500 passengers and crew died in the icy sea. Since the tragedy, history has continued to grip the imagination of the world, where all sorts of details and semi-truths have become part of popular mythology: were there really not enough lifeboats? Did the band really continue to play as the ship sank? Was there really a heady romance that crossed class boundaries and accompanied by a lot of penny-whistle music?
Now is a chance to see some of the actual artifacts from the ship, many never seen before in the UK, and experience the disaster first hand (in a good way). A new immersive show, ‘Titanic: The Exhibition’, will take visitors on a journey through the commissioning of the ship and the huge publicity surrounding its first crossing of the Atlantic, heading for New York. Along with first-hand testimonies and artifacts, there will be detailed reproductions of the ship’s interior, based on contemporary photographs and input from Titanic experts.
‘Titanic: The Exhibition’ follows other immersive shows in London, such as ‘Van Gogh Alive’, ‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’ and ‘Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel’. They might suggest a new approach to gallery-going – one where the traditional show-and-tell becomes somewhat more experiential. It’s quite nice to sit inside a giant sunflower painting, mind you: whether you want to experience history’s most famous shipwreck in person may be another thing. Like these shows, the whereabouts of the Titanic exhibit are yet to be announced, but one thing’s for sure, you do not have to worry about spoilers.
‘Titanic: The Exhibition’, London venue tba. From 4 February 2022. Adult tickets from £ 19.90, children from £ 11.50. Book here.
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