When people think about artifacts, they often only consider ancient artifacts from many centuries ago. They rarely think of
modern artifacts. But artifacts are any objects made by humans. Scientists study these artifacts not only to learn more
about the time period during which the artifact was made but also to learn more about the world in which we currently live.
The artifacts that were recovered when the wreck of the Titanic was found tell us about what life was like during that time
period. In addition, the condition of these artifacts also has helped scientists learn more about the accident itself. By
studying these artifacts, we can better understand what happened that fateful night.
Many people have been lucky enough to see the Titanic Artifact Exhibit. This exhibit has traveled the world and contains
approximately 300 artifacts retrieved from the wreck of the Titanic. The famous ship sunk in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Almost 1,500 people died when the ship went down. This tragedy has long fascinated the world because the Titanic was billed as an “unsinkable” ship.
In the years following the disaster, researchers searched the Atlantic for the remains of the ship. In 1985, the wreck was
finally discovered thanks to modern technology. Using great care, many valuable artifacts have been recovered from the ship. The Titanic Artifact Exhibit contains items such as pieces of the actual ship, along with personal belongings of the crew and the passengers.
The wonderful thing about the exhibit is that visitors see both the recovered artifacts and presentations about where and
how these items would have been used on the ship. The exhibit strives to create an overall experience for visitors so they
can understand what life was like almost one hundred years ago.
Using a time progression, the exhibit takes visitors through the phases of the ship. You see information and artifacts
pertaining to the design and construction of the ship. You also see displays detailing the discovery of the wreckage, how
the artifacts were recovered from the ship, and what is being done to preserve these precious objects from the past.
Over the past few years, the exhibit has visited many cities, and countless people have been able to see the artifacts
contained in this fascinating collection. In 2007, the exhibit can be seen at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British
Guests to the museum climb a gangplank to enter the exhibit, so they feel as if they are passengers on the ship. The
exhibit has recreated what some corridors on the ship looked like. In addition, visitors can see what cabins for passengers
in 1st and 3rd class were like. These cabins contain recovered artifacts. An outdoor cafe, also containing artifacts from
the ship, has been created for visitors to examine.
Even though the Titanic sunk almost a century ago, the artifacts retrieved from the ship still fascinate and educate the
world. These objects allow us to view a time in history that had a huge impact on the world.