Archives and museums mark Titanic centenary

By mattelton, 11 April 2012 - 3:39pm

Archives and museums around the UK are marking the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic with a series of record releases, exhibitions and events

Wednesday 11 April, 2012
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Archives and museums around the UK are marking the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic with a range of record releases, events and exhibitions.

The ship hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic on the morning of 15 April, 1912, becoming one of the most infamous disasters of the 20th century. The tragedy had a huge impact on communities around the UK, including in Southampton, which had been home to more than 500 of the crew members who died.

Family historians with links to the ship may be able to discover more about their ancestors following the launch of a major set of data at The collection of 200,000 records, which includes passenger lists, crew lists, coroner inquest files and lists of deaths at sea, has been digitised in partnership with The National Archives. An extensive array of documents are also available to search at, from White Star Line Officers' Books to records of births, marriages and deaths of people who worked at sea. 

Researchers eager to step away from the computer, meanwhile, can explore a number of new exhibitions around the United Kingdom. Previously unseen artefacts and records are on display at a new display at The Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, while Titanic Belfast features reconstructions charting the city's links to the ship and its doomed voyage.

The anniversary is also an opportunity to commemorate the untold stories of the thousands of men, women and children who lost their lives in the ship's sinking. A compelling collection of accounts is available to explore online at a special page on the BBC News website, while a series of rare images help to capture what life on board would have been like.

For more on the centenary, don't miss the thoughts of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's deputy editor, Claire Vaughan, in the latest of her weekly blogs.There's also plenty more coverage in the April issue of the magazine, on sale now.


Explore the new collections of records at and
► Image credit: Hulton Archives/Getty Images

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