journey around the exhibition begins with the ship's bell.
for 92 years, this is the bronze bell that Frederick Fleet rang
three times before he shouted, "Iceberg right ahead".
you enter the first part of the exhibition and catch sight of the
massive section of the ship's hull, any thoughts of Kate Winslet
and Leonardo DiCaprio are replaced by the awe of what lies ahead.
there's romance, the beauty of the first class accommodation and
trinkets, but there is also the stark reality that these things
were abandoned by people in fear of their lives.
exhibition offers a mixture of ship parts - ranging from plumbing
and metal bench supports - to personal belongings and items of clothing
such as a top hat and a single shoe.
every corner is another fascinating artefact with another story
to tell. A pack of playing cards, a clarinet - perhaps abandoned
by the ship's orchestra - miniature jars of perfume, bottles of
wine, pans from the galley, money and crockery.
the items have been recovered from the debris field of the wreck
site 453 miles Southeast of the Newfoundland coastline and lying
2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface.
of Third Class cabin
in the exhibition a wall of ice confronts you. The air turns cold
and thoughts drift back to that April night.
then, in the final part of the exhibition, you're chilled once more
by a wall naming all 2,228 passengers sorted in to class and crew
and listing whether or not they survived.
isn't your run-of-the-mill exhibition of prehistoric pots and coins.
This is a glimpse into the lives of the rich and not so rich, the
lucky and the not so lucky who we've heard about through books and
people could have been our grandparents or great-grandparents and
this exhibition provides us with a startling link to those who thought
the Titanic would be the jewel in the crown of ocean travel.