Joelyn's Museum Escapades

Museum Escapdes: TITANIC 100th Anniversary

Museum Escapades

And… Museum Escapades is back!

Okay, I haven’t been to an exhibition for a while and I’m pretty glad that this is the first one I went to this year.

The Titanic went on its maiden voyage in April 1912, only to meet with tragedy only a few days into the journey. I joined Avarielle (her 4th time here) and Sarah for this journey through the liner that never made it.

The information brochure and the boarding pass I got. And yes, this will be the only photograph in this post.

This is the only picture you’re going to see here because photography was prohibited within the exhibitions.

So before you entered, they would give you a Boarding Pass of a passenger, which you can use to check against their Memorial Wall to see if you “survived” the sinking.

And since Avarielle was our Adventure Crew/ Valkyrie Knights Representative on All Things Maritime and Lomography, she gave us a tour of the place. We went from the introduction, to the docking, First-Class, Third-Class, all the way to the Memorial Hall and how it was reported in Singapore in 1912.

Trivia: The Robertson Quay we know now was known as Pulau Saigon.

I really like that we were immersed into the feeling of being on the ship itself (appropriate ambience music takes you a long way), especially when they brought in that huge block of ice to show how freezing those waters were. I was barely halfway through when I started getting a bit disorientated.

The passenger on my Boarding Pass was Mrs Elizabeth Catherine Brown, a woman travelling with her husband (Thomas W.S. Brown) and 15-year-old daughter in a 2nd Class cabin. Her daughter and her were rescued in Lifeboat 14, while her husband was lost. You can read about her here.

And yes, her daughter was Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of the Titanic tragedy when she passed away in 1997.

Just a little snippet of where I’m coming from – I tend to get very emotionally attached to museums and exhibitions that depict things like war and great tragedies, which has rendered me irrationally fearful of them. So really dark and depressing exhibitions (WWII, Genocides, or tragedies involving a lot of children) tamper with my equilibrium.

Nonetheless, Avarielle gave us a really informative yet enjoyable journey through the entire exhibition. Check her blog (and appearance on ST Life!) here and Sarah’s take on the tour here.

The exhibition ends April 29. For more information, click here.

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