It’s been more than 110 years since the Titanic tragedy, but for many of us, the incident has still got us in a chokehold. If that’s you, you’ll be pleased to hear an exhibit with more than 200 artefacts recovered from the wreck site is heading to Melbourne this December.
‘Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition’ will be at Melbourne Museum from Saturday, December 16 to Sunday, April 14, after being displayed in Paris and the US. The display will focus on the voyage’s human stories, taking visitors on a journey through the events of that fateful night, April 15, 1912.
Visitors will be able to learn about the ship’s innovative engineering, touch an iceberg that’s the same temperature as the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean that night and experience life onboard through full-scale recreations of the ship’s interiors, Grand Staircase included.
Some of the exhibition rooms also detail the scientific operations and salvage campaigns that enabled these precious objects to be found and preserved, reports French publication Sortis A Paris. Artefacts include jewellery, clothing, travel bags, navigation equipment and crockery.
“Overall, the exhibition presents a well-balanced mix of immersive scenography, relics recovered during the various expeditions, touching stories from passengers, with some interactive stages including a photo shoot and the change to ‘touch’ an iceberg,” writes the publication.
It’s set to be a big summer for Melbourne, exhibition-wise, with the highly anticipated BBC Earth Experience opening at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this October. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the exhibition features footage from the BBC Studios Natural History series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. It’s the result of a collaboration with Visit Victoria, BBC Studios, Moon Eye Productions, Intrepid and Live Nation.
Luke Hede, Live Nation Australia Vice President of Touring, says the exhibit will deliver a spectacular and educational experience unlike any other.
“Sir David Attenborough is a global treasure, and the BBC Earth Experience marries his message about the challenges nature faces in today’s world alongside the world’s most incredible footage,” says Hede. “Victorians and visitors to the state are in for a real treat.”
Using the latest digital projection technology, visitors will take an audio-visual journey through the world’s seven contents, brought to life by the BBC’s natural history footage and Attenborough.
Walking through the exhibit, you’ll see incredible nature sights like fireflies putting on a light show in North America, snub-nosed monkeys huddling together to stay warm in Asia and cassowary fathers protecting their tiny chicks in Australia.
“The experience has made me think about the planet in a different way,” one visitor to the London exhibit wrote. “It was jaw-dropping,” said another.