A Titanic Exhibition
I was fortunate to be asked to photograph some items on display at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for their annual magazine 'Fathom'. Wandering around the museum capturing images of the articles on display and reading snippets of historical information really helped to engage me into Maritime history and relate to the genuine human elements of the articles on display.
One of the current exhibitions is 'Titanic Stories'. With many artefacts from the Titanic itself being displayed thanks to worldwide collectors allowing their property to be exhibited, it really gives you a sense of the history and an insight into what happened during this tragic event on the sea.
When you walk around the exhibition there are lots of strange curios relating to the tragic events of the Titanic's maiden voyage. The incredibly random memorabilia and items of merchandise that have used the Titanic story and the vessel's likeness over the years is also on display and at times you get a feeling of inappropriateness over how they have been used given the circumstances. For example; Titanic themed chewing gum, a Christmas bauble with the Titanic sinking into the water and even a Skull figurine wearing a captains hat with the name of 'HMS Titanic' upon it.
Also on display at the museum in the Titanic exhibit is the iceberg themed sculpture, 'Heaving Lines' by Dan Arnold. This elevated sculpture is suspended high above a replica of Titanic's lifeboat 13 from the museums own boat building workshop. The sculpture is created using 2208 monkey's fist knots representing each of the survivors or victims of the tragedy. The neon blue lights, the fishing lines attached to the knots themselves and the many layers of knotted balls provide a depth to the sculpture to create a visually unique creation high above your head as you explore the exhibition space.
Check out the National Maritime Museum website and the Titanic Stories exhibition running from 8 March 2018 – 7 January 2019.