The Student Experience: Titanic Exhibition
On Friday, our students took a trip into the past to explore one of history’s greatest tragedies – the Titanic. Read on to find out what it was like.
ENGLISH ONE’S RMS TITANIC EXPERIENCE!
No, we’re not talking about that Titanic experience!
With our boarding passes in hand (which were of actual Titanic passengers and all their details) we went back 103 years to explore the story of the ill-fated ship.
Staterooms and steerage cabins were recreated and hundreds of the some 5500 artifacts collected from the ocean floor were displayed: Champagne bottles, some with a little champagne inside. There were watches, one of which was a South African’s from Cape Town. There was even a face cream which was perfectly preserved because it had been one of the first cold creams made with mineral oils. There were books, journals, post cards, kitchen equipment, toiletries, and so much more.
But what was really fascinating was the ICEBERG! Yes, an iceberg was created which mimicked the temperature of the water of the Atlantic on the night the Titanic slipped into it’s watery grave: 1.1⁰C.
Another disconcerting fact was that the 705 steerage class passengers had to share 2 bathrooms! Imagine that!
At the end of the expo emotions ran high when we discovered whether the passenger on our boarding passes survived or not. It was a sobering moment for all.
We dedicate our experience to the all of the people who lost their lives in this tragedy and with that their chances to live, prosper and fulfill their dreams.