Feature: Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE STORY of Titanic has captured the imagination for almost
a century. Now, a new exhibition, Titanic - The World
Class Collection has come to London's Trocadero in Piccadilly
RMS Titanic was, of course, the so-called 'unsinkable' luxury
liner that sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg in
the North Atlantic ocean.
This is an exhibition that takes you back in time - to that fateful
night and its tragic consequences. With the aid of rare and original
artefacts, personal possessions and the heart-felt tales of survivors,
the story unfolds hour by hour. Even, thanks to exclusive images
and footage, to the great ship's final resting place, two and
a half miles down on the ocean floor.
Among the hundreds of moving exhibits
is a lifejacket worn by a victim; a third class menu that was
on a dinner table that very night; an original deckchair; letters
written on board to loved ones and original telegrams, including
the infamous message 'Titanic is safe' which was actually sent
by the White Star Line.
Also included is a beautiful necklace worn by Kate Phillips that
some say was the inspiration for the 'Heart of the Ocean' diamond
in James Cameron's film, Titanic and the beautiful silk
kimono that Lady Duff Gordon was wearing when she stepped into
Lifeboat Number One.
The World Class Collection also details the conception and construction
of the ill-fated liner, her sheer luxury and a who's who of her
passenger list - from aristocracy to lowly cabin boy.
This is an exhibition that has delighted critics and visitors
alike, from Dubai to Edinburgh, and won Visitor Attraction of
the Year 2004, which is awarded by a major national publishing
It's scheduled to run until November.