8 March 2018 – 7 January 2019
Reappraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around the sinking of the Titanic, this exhibition presents rare objects and personal testimonies.
Offering new contextual information around the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and what happened next, Titanic Stories brings together never-before-seen items as well as the personal stories of many of the survivors and victims, and their descendants.
The exhibition also offers an exploration of how the tragic event was quickly commodified and commercialised, and includes souvenirs produced within days of the disaster to music, film and contemporary ephemera and artefacts. It looks at cinema adaptations including a propaganda film and the award-winning A Night to Remember (1958), each represented by their original film posters and production stills, while items from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster include props and one of Kate Winslet’s costumes.
In addition to the many historic objects on display, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall is commissioning a number of large-scale installation pieces, including an exact, life-size replica of Lifeboat 13, made by specialist boat builders in Falmouth.