Even long before James Cameron turned ‘the unsinkable ship’ into a pop culture phenomenon, the Titanic captured the public imagination. The ship’s maiden voyage ended in tragedy in 1912, after it struck an iceberg and more than 1,500 lives were lost in the North Atlantic Ocean – inspiring radio plays, TV shows, movies, poems, books, songs and anything else you can think of in 100+ years since.
But a titanic ‘Titanic Exhibition’ will soon tell its tragic story like you’ve seen never before when it comes to Birmingham in 2024. Tracing the ocean liner’s journey from its construction at a shipyard in Belfast, through its fateful voyage, to its rediscovery at the bottom of the ocean. You’ll be able to see everything from interactive exhibits to footage of the wreckage, as well as props from the 1997 blockbuster film.
Sailing into the NEC Birmingham from Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, August 25, 2024, the exhibition will use imagery, audio and real objects from the Titanic to convey life onboard the ship. Visitors will be able to see items and read stories about the first, second and third-class passengers, plus crew and engineers. There’s even a photographic collection from onboard passenger and survivor, Father Browne.
Just some of the items recovered from the sunken ship include silverware and chinaware, as well as many more of the Titanic’s interior and exterior artefacts. Also on display are artefacts from the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, which was on a return trip from New York the day the Titanic sank – and received the distress call. Props from Titanic (1997), include a life jacket, one of the Heart of the Ocean necklaces, Captain Smith’s teacup and a saucer.
The exhibition is open every day from 10am – 5pm, in half-hour bookable slots. Tickets cost £19.99 on weekdays and £22.49 on weekends. To learn more about the Titanic Exhibition head here.