I was back in town on Wednesday with S for another Titanic event I had seen advertised which I was really looking forward to. In one of the City centre parks the dimensions of the Titanic had been measured out so as this advertising poster showed you could walk from Prow to Stern and get a feel for the size of it.
Here we are starting at the stern, the central white symbol and the ones slightly in front to the left and to the right show the placement of the rudders.
Hanging from 7 lamp posts were luggage tags, one for every person on board.
S and I read a fair few of them and I took photos of some, one because the person shares our surname, a few because of their age, their occupation (or lack of one), their address as one lived in Oxford Street where we were for the other Titanic event at the weekend and another lived in a road just round the corner from us. Click on the photos to enlarge and read.
There is a photo of where three of the lifeboats were on board which I have forgotten to include, but in each lifeboat there was a sheet of information about the number of people saved.
Also tales of bravery
and stories of some of the crew such as Violet Jessop
Some of the rooms were also mapped out to show their position and points such a the ship's wheel, the crow's nest, the Captain's lounge and the Grand Staircase.
One of the most poignant was the Marconi Room.
Although I did find this interesting I also felt that it could have been done better. The information sheets were just on plain white sheets of laminated A4, surely it would have all looked a bit more professional if more effort had been made with the presentation and maybe the inclusion of the White Star logo at the very least. There was no information about which deck the rooms which were outlined were actually on, so although we know the position of them we don't know where they were in relation to anything else. Information boards with designs for the ship on would have been helpful for bringing the whole thing together. For part of the City's 100 year commemoration the idea was a really good one, but my personal opinion is that it fell a bit short of what it could have been.