We all know the Titanic story, Leo and Kate, star-crossed lovers separated by class, upbringing and, ultimately, by their ability to share a floating door. But a new exhibition comes to London this month that’ll lift the lid on the ill-fated ship that continues to fascinate.
We’ve known there was an exhibition en route, but until now we were told that it was in February at a venue as-yet unknown. But now we learn that the date has been brought drastically forward, opening on 17th December (which means that someone somewhere is already in a complete panic about turning around an exhibition in less than three weeks) and it’ll be coming to London’s Docklands, at Surrey Quays venue, Dock X London.
The exhibition is immersive (in that, as with the recent Van Gogh exhibit, you are immersed in the experience. Not the North Atlantic) and promises to take us on a something of a voyage.
It's been 110 years next year since the luxury liner and 1,500 passengers plunged into the depths...
It’s been 110 years next year since the luxury liner and 1,500 passengers plunged into the depths of the icy waters between Southampton and New York. Titanic: The Exhibition will offer over 200 artefacts never before displayed in Britain as well as sharing the first-hand accounts of those who survived the disaster on April 15th 1912.
The most exciting element of the exhibition is the recreation of parts of the ship, which along with dynamic audio guides will bring the whole experience to life.
The most exciting element of the exhibition is the recreation of parts of the ship...
From the famous staircase to a first class suite down to a third class cabin (which, by the way, looks perfectly comfortable!) the recreated spaces complement the photography, film and bits-and-bobs retrieved from the briny depths (or half-inched by fleeing passengers) to help reimagine life on that freezing night back in 1912.
The event is now confirmed for Dock X, making it well placed for some last-minute panic-shopping before Christmas at nearby Surrey Quays shopping centre.
Well placed for some last-minute panic-shopping before Christmas...
But if you had something more romantic than shopping on your mind, perhaps don’t count on there being a handy condensation-heavy car window screen to hand to slap your sweaty palm onto.