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Thomas Andrews - a profile
We hear an overview of Thomas Andrews, the man behind the design of the Titanic. We learn about what he was like as a person as well as what he was like to work for. We explore his design to see if there were any faults in order to decide if he was to blame for the ship sinking. Thomas Andrews came from a well-known and distinguished family in Cumber, close to Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was fascinated by boats and apprentice to ship builder Harland and Wolff at the age of 16. He worked his way up through the company and by his early 20s he was Harland and Wolff's Managing Director. In 1907 he was given the biggest job of his career, to design the largest ships ever built including the Titanic. We learn about the decisions made around the design of the ship, the fatalities after the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in 1912 and how Thomas Andrews is fondly remembered after he went down with the ship. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in May 2012 as part of the series History Hunt.
Could be useful when: Discussing the loss of Titanic. Exploring disasters at sea. Exploring the life of a significant individual from the past. Discussing the role of the media in reporting disasters. Exploring how to use different sources of information to find out about the past. Exploring the role of a naval architect or ship designer. Discussing how the past has been represented and interpreted in different ways, including some of the reasons for this. Discussing how 'real life' disasters are represented in popular culture, like films. The students could answer the question to why the titanic is still widely remembered today and what effects the ship sinking had on people's views towards Thomas Andrews.
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