Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition - O2 London Preview
Preview by Jack Foley
ON APRIL 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology.
98 years later, The O2 in London and RMS Titanic, Inc. will pay tribute to the tragedy which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition.
Opening on November 5, 2010, the exhibition will showcase more than 300 legendary artefacts 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- offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories.
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 – these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
This exhibition will also debut 14 never before seen artefacts that have recently completed conservation.
Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic.
They then begin their chronological journey through the life of the Titanic, moving through the Ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artefact rescue efforts.
They will marvel at the re-created first and third class cabins, the cargo hold and boiler room, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity.
One of the many galleries will be dedicated to local connections, where visitors can learn about how the sinking of the great ship strongly resonated in London.
In the “Memorial Gallery” guests will 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 was granted Salvor-in-Possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to the Titanic rescuing more than 5,500 artefacts.
The Company recently completed its eighth and most ambitious mission to the wreck site of Titanic this summer of 2010.
For the first time in history, RMS Titanic, Inc. alongside the world’s top oceanographic agencies set out to map the entire wreck of Titanic with the hopes of raising the Ship virtually for future generations.
The O2 will be the first venue in the world to showcase video and images from this incredible undertaking.
Cheryl Mure, Vice President of Education for RMS Titanic, Inc., commented: “Over the past 15 years, more than 22 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major cities worldwide – from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to Dublin.
“We could not think of a more amazing location to share this never before seen footage to the world and debut 14 new artefacts.
“On that unexpected night in 1912, more than 1,500 passengers met the same fate no matter their class or place in society; a shocking ending to what was a joyous journey. Their story is our story and it is our honour and duty to share these treasures with London at such a poignant time.”
TITANIC: THE ARTEFACT EXHIBITION
From Friday, November 5, 2010 – Sunday, May 1, 2011
Times: Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed:11am – 7:30pm (last admission 6:30pm)/Thurs, Fri and Sat 11am – 9:00pm (last admission at 8:00pm)
Address: The O2, Peninsula Square, London. SE10 0DX
Tickets are available at www.TitanicLondon.co.uk
Ticket Prices – (Prices Include VAT)
Adult (17 +): £13/Children (3-16): £9
Audio Tour: £5
Sat & Sun
Adult (17 +): £15/Children (3-16): £10.50
Audio Tour: £5
Children under 3 years of age go free and group and family rates available.