Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition at the Museum of Victoria – Part 3

This is the last part and is all about the salvage. They talked about how they were doing it and what they were finding. There was also information on what is going to happen to the ship itself.

It was just as interesting. They had bits where you could see what it looked like under water and then what they had brought up.

They had a piece of the hull, I think, that in the case had holes and you could touch it. I was surprised that it wasn’t cold.

The last thing I wanted to talk about was my boarding pass.

This was the front side of it and when you turn it over you get all the details of the passenger that you were.

As you can see I was Ernst Ulrik Persson, a third class passenger. I liked all the information that was on the pass about my passenger.

At the end of the exhibition there was a big wall with all the passengers and crew. They were divided up in to class and then whether they died or survived.

I walked around the exhibition thinking I had died on the Titanic.

Imagine my surprise when I found his name under the saved section. I had thought do they give everyone boarding passes for people who survived, but then a family group of about 6 people walked past saying they all died except for one.

I didn’t realise that he was with his sister and niece so I didn’t look them up. It was hard to read the passes as it was a dark exhibition. When I got home I looked them up and sadly neither of them survived. I wonder what Ernst did when he got to America.

Well, I just did a little search and found this website with information on him, click here if you want to know more.

I think I’m going to stop talking now and leave you with the rest of the images. I hope you have enjoyed this look at the exhibition.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Interesting artifacts … A mixture of personal as well as from the ship itself. I know some people insist that it should be left alone, but I can’t help think that such an exhibition keeps all the people in our memory. Rather this than the items live in a drawer in some collectors study. Thanks for posting. Graham (Liverpool)

    1. I couldn’t agree more Graham, that is pretty much how I feel.I really like that we can all go and see the artefacts. That is really good. I couldn’t agree more that it really keeps people alive.

  2. It is really cool that you were able to see actual salvaged items and even touch that piece of the hull. I like that they kept the set of dishes in the silt so you can see it how it looked when they found them underwater. When we went to the SeaCity museum, they did the same thing with assigning you a passenger so you could then learn what your status was at the end of the visit. I was one of a group of 8 and we all died. I think it is a clever way of making us engage with a tragedy that involves such a massive scale. By making us focus on the individual, it helps us remember the ripple effects of each life lost.

    1. I have to agree with everything you have said Laura, I think it is amazing. Sad to hear your passenger died. It is very clever. Great points Laura. I feel a personal connection to my passenger now.

  3. This is so fascinating, Leanne! Thanks for sharing this history. There are bits of the ship all over the world it seems that are on display.

    1. You’re welcome John. I’m not surprised, I have to say I am glad they aren’t all in private collections and that we can all see them.

  4. Thanks again for these nice impressions of the museum and all the pictures from the artefacts, found on the bottom of the sea. Quite interesting to add the link to the Ernst Ulrik Persson page. It felt very strange to read his letter to his wife.

  5. Thanks for sharing as many photos as you did. It was really fascinating to see and read.

    It must’ve been tough for survivors (in general); but especially for those who were traveling with family/friends that didn’t make it.

    1. You’re welcome Matt, good to know you enjoyed them.
      I know what you mean, the whole experience must have been unbelievable.

    2. I actually like the boarding pass idea. It’s a catalyst to get you to put yourself in the shoes of someone from that voyage, but doesn’t force you to do so or club you into doing it (other aspects of the exhibit might’ve done that — exhibit curators aren’t usually known for subtilty). I typically resent such manipulative methods, and I tune it out or simply disengage.

      But this idea of ‘assigning’ you a place in the manifest not only got you to think about Mr Persson, but it got all of us to think about him too. And in a manner I wouldn’t personally resent.

    3. I think you are right Matt, it is nice, and very subtle. I think I thought about my passenger more afterwards.
      That is great to hear Matt, I’m glad you didn’t resent it.

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